[Update:] Following the publication of this article, Epic Games issued a statement that GamesIndustry.biz picked up, where Epic clarified that Rocket League won’t be removed from Steam.
“We are continuing to sell Rocket League on Steam, and have not announced plans to stop selling the game there. Rocket League remains available for new purchasers on Steam, and long-term plans will be announced in the future.”
[Original article:] Get ready for a steamy crock of waste to spill over in the forthcoming weeks given that Epic Games has acquired Rocket League developer Psyonix. The reason behind the controversy in the making is that the Steam version of the popular vehicular sports game will cease and become an Epic exclusive according to reports.
Rocket League is a popular game, mainly amongst the young, and sees a steady flow of people playing the game across PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. However, it looks like the Epic Games Store is trying to cash in on the game’s massive reach as tweeted by Rocket League:
— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) May 1, 2019
Not many people, however, are for the Epic acquisition of said game’s developer Psyonix as seen below:
Guys you missed April fools by a month
— Jasper (@Jate57) May 1, 2019
Use me as a dislike button
— CakeFire (@C4kefire) May 1, 2019
— G2 JKnaps (@JKnaps) May 1, 2019
According to the press release, Rocket League will not be available for purchase on Steam after it comes to the Epic Store in late 2019, but will continue to be supported
I'm sure this will go over smoothly
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) May 1, 2019
Falling in-line with Breslau’s reporting comes a piece from website gamesindustry.biz that relays something similar:
“Rocket League will continue to be sold on Steam until it joins the Epic Games store later this year, after which point it will be supported but not sold on the rival storefront.”
In other words, the game, Rocket League, will be supported in terms of updates/bug fixes but it will be removed from the storefront that is known as Steam.
Like clockworks, folks who are fond of Rocket League took to Steam’s review section to show distaste in the deal that the Epic Games Store and Psyonix have struck up.
Moreover, here’s Psyonix answer to those wondering what will happen short/long term regarding Rocket League:
“In the short term, nothing will change at all! We’re still committed to providing Rocket League with frequent updates that have new features, new content, and new ways to play the game for as long as you’ll have us.
In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.”
I bet the second paragraph is going to age well among disgruntled fans especially given that Epic and Psyonix currently expect to close the acquisition near the end of May to early June (Q2) 2019.
In the meantime, Rocket League is out now across PC via Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.