Epic Games acquires Rocket League developer Psyonix

Rocket League is heading to the Epic Games Store following the Psyonix acquisition by the Unreal team.

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One of the best games to be released in decades has found a new home at Epic Games. Rocket League developer Psyonix has been acquired by Epic and will now have the power of a thousand boost orbs. The game is also headed to the Epic Games Store, obviously.


Please take a look at the message from Psyonix:

Today is a big day for us here at Psyonix because, just as the headline says, we’re officially joining the Epic Games family.

Your first question to news like this might be, "What does this mean for Rocket League and its community?" We’re happy to say that the answers are only positive. Rocket League always has been and always will be a community-driven game, and now that we have joined forces with Epic, we will be able to serve our community in even bigger and better ways!

We understand that you might have additional questions about this new relationship, which is why we’ve assembled this quick FAQ to answer some of your initial Qs:

"No, really. What does this mean for 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.

"Does this mean the gameplay will be different?"

Nope!

"What does this mean for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem?"

We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources, just like it does for the game itself. We really do believe that you'll find our future in esports to be very exciting -- especially in the near future, where on June 21-23 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) finals will end our 7th season with a bang!

"What happens to the Psyonix team?"

We are the same team that we’ve always been, only now, we have the power and experience of Epic Games behind us!

One last thing before we go…

The success of Rocket League would not have been possible without you, our community. Your loyalty, excitement, and creativity in supporting Psyonix has helped us become who we are, and we look forward to you helping us for many more years to come. You have our sincerest thanks and appreciation.

Respectfully,

The Psyonix Team

NOTE: This transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions. Epic and Psyonix currently expect to close the acquisition near the end of May to early June 2019.


Psyonix has a close relationship with Epic Games, having worked together since the early 2000s on vehicle combat in UT. Today's news means that more people will be able to play the game longer as Epic makes their resources available to the scrappy San Diego development studio. This probably also means that Rocket League and Fortnite will have a crossover special LTM event at some point. The possibilities are endless and we congratulate the whole team at Psyonix on today's news. You folks truly know how to do it for Shacknews.

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From The Chatty
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    May 1, 2019 12:50 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Epic Games acquires Rocket League developer Psyonix

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      May 1, 2019 12:53 PM

      Wow.

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      May 1, 2019 12:57 PM

      Rocket League is still going strong coming up on 4 years. I've been wondering what Psyonix will release next.

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      May 1, 2019 12:57 PM

      That's interesting.

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      May 1, 2019 12:59 PM

      they should update it to unreal engine 4. but i guess the esports community would hate it because itd mess up all the physics

      its just weird cause unreal engine 3 is wonky and it crashes when i alt tab

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      May 1, 2019 1:05 PM

      Not super excited about this but I guess we'll see how it goes

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      May 1, 2019 1:07 PM

      I know Pysonix has its own server backbone all ready to go for cross-platform play, but haven't gotten Sony to write off on that. I feel that was a key part as that maintains RL's success.

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        May 1, 2019 2:38 PM

        ?? Its been fully cross platform for a few monthes I think

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          May 1, 2019 9:19 PM

          Ah, right, it got that approved in Feb.

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      May 1, 2019 1:09 PM

      Why would they do that? They were doing just fine on their own?

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        May 1, 2019 1:22 PM

        Money.

        I expect bigger RLCS esports prizes and hopefully more frequent content updates.

        While it will be pulled off Steam, they will still support it, but that doesn't much matter since everyone who wanted to get RL already has it.

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          May 1, 2019 1:26 PM

          Surely they won’t pull it from Steam, that would be a disaster

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            May 1, 2019 1:30 PM

            The verge is reporting they will stop selling it on steam in late 2019, who knows

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              May 1, 2019 1:44 PM

              That would be one hell of a way to kill it as an esport. Force everyone to buy it again on a different game store where friends don't carry over, etc? Sure they have their own friends and matchmaking shit now but it's been built up for years on Steam.

              Seems like a bad idea. I have 1500+ hours in the game and still play at least every couple days for an hour or more. I'm not sure if I'd rebuy it on the EGS, though.

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                May 1, 2019 1:47 PM

                The story says they'll stop selling it on steam, but will still support it. Feel like most people who want this game already have it. It's not like the Metro or the Division 2 where they got pulled during the pre-order phase.

                Rocket League already has a system in place for cross platform play, so they'll just tack the EGS friends stuff onto that most likely. At worst they'll make steam users create an in-game psy-net account.

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                  May 1, 2019 2:53 PM

                  Like my buddy Duke and his Megaton Edition. If you buy it, you can download it forever. But you can’t buy it anymore. You have to buy the much worse Gearbox Duke World Tour version.

                  RIP DUKE.

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                May 1, 2019 1:48 PM

                It would probably go F2P if that was the case, either way they are doing a terrible job with the announcement

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          May 1, 2019 1:28 PM

          Lol you can expect a bigger team working on decals and in game box content

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            May 1, 2019 3:43 PM

            yo dawg we heard you like microtransactions so we put microtransactions in your microtransactions so you can get even less for real money while you get very little with real money!

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        May 1, 2019 1:23 PM

        It'll be a new mode in Fortnite.

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          May 1, 2019 1:48 PM

          that is undoubtedly part of it - more content they can port into fortnite as they see fit

          • Zek
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            May 1, 2019 2:57 PM

            I doubt there is any kind of compatibility between the two games, anything Epic wants in Fortnite they can just have their indentured servants do it in a few weeks. I think this acquisition is just them diversifying, and taking a promising developer away from Steam.

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        May 1, 2019 2:36 PM

        Money and stability

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      May 1, 2019 1:21 PM

      Well, this is gonna get interesting.

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      May 1, 2019 1:27 PM

      Holy shit!

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      May 1, 2019 2:34 PM

      And what happens to all the Steam Workshop DLC stuff?

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      May 1, 2019 2:42 PM

      Also, it's pretty amusing thinking back to how Tim Sweeney was going on about how the Microsoft Store was terrible and was going to lock everyone out of their games and be a horrible force in the world of gaming.

      Fast forward a few years when he got his cash cow and now he's trying to buy up the whole industry so he can make money off it. Go figure.

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        May 1, 2019 2:59 PM

        To Epic's credit, cosmetic purchases you make in Fortnite apply across all platforms except PS4 (ie - cosmetics you have on PC are the same ones you have on Switch, iOS, Xbox, and Android) and is has cross-play across most platforms (PS4 excludes itself while I believe smartphone players are silo'd off from everyone else).

        Rocket League mostly works to that extent (cosmetics don't carry over but there is cross-play) but I wouldn't be surprised if cosmetics carry across platforms in whatever Psyonix makes next.

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      May 1, 2019 2:45 PM

      The messaging about this is awful. Completely avoids the tough questions that everyone has.

      • Zek
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        May 1, 2019 3:01 PM

        I love that they have a "No really" section, only to put even more marketing spin in there.

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      May 1, 2019 3:46 PM

      I know some staff on Psyonix worked at Epic before, which might explain why they stuck with UE3 for Rocket League. So it should be an easy transition for them anyway.

      Hope it works out, but after hearing how bad devs at Epic have had it since Fortnite got popular, I'm definitely skeptical.

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        May 1, 2019 3:52 PM

        At least Rocket League is a mature product, there shouldn't really be a need for any crunch periods, assuming that they're focusing on maintaining it rather than new games.

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      May 1, 2019 3:51 PM

      I guess Flump called it 8 months ago as a joke
      https://youtu.be/pfKrRSX3mXY

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      May 1, 2019 3:54 PM

      oh!!!!

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      May 1, 2019 6:46 PM

      Holy shit

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      May 1, 2019 6:48 PM

      Shit.

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      May 2, 2019 5:42 AM

      Can't really fault Epic for how they're investing their Fortnite money hats.

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      May 2, 2019 5:44 AM

      So when is Epic going to make their own console?

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        May 2, 2019 6:42 AM

        Why would they when they already own healthy royalties on a large majority of games on every possible platform (that they take from the gross sales, not after any other royalties are paid to store/console licenses)

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          May 2, 2019 6:43 AM

          I was being sarcastic. it just seems like they are going 20 different directions at once.