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Psyonix are ending support for Rocket League on both Linux and macOS (updated)

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Sad news today Linux gamers, Psyonix emailed us directly to make sure we saw the news that they're officially ending support of Rocket League on Linux and macOS.

Their published statement on this was quite short and didn't really explain much:

As we continue to upgrade Rocket League with new technologies, it is no longer viable for us to maintain support for the macOS and Linux (SteamOS) platforms. As a result, the final patch for the macOS and Linux versions of the game will be in March. This update will disable online functionality (such as in-game purchases) for players on macOS and Linux, but offline features including Local Matches, and splitscreen play will still be accessible.

If you purchased Rocket League for Mac or Linux on Steam, the game will still work with full functionality when installed and played on a computer running Windows 7 or newer.

So the Linux and macOS versions will still be there, but left old and online play will be disabled. Not good. Not good at all and as a huge Rocket League fan I'm not pleased—annoyed you might say.

This "new technologies" bit was interesting, perhaps they've decided to go DirectX 12 with an Unreal Engine upgrade? At this point we can only speculate with so little information. In the expanded support page, for Linux they mentioned playing Rocket League with Steam Play Proton is possible although they will not be supporting it.

When Psyonix became part of Epic Games back in May last year, many speculated that Rocket League would not only drop Linux support but also leave Steam. I didn't think either would happen but here we are, Psyonix has still never said they will continue to sell the game on Steam only that it would see "continued support". Originally, I thought meant it would go free to play, but with this move it seems a little more likely it will move over to the Epic Store which doesn't support Linux.

Update: Psyonix are now suggesting to request a refund from them on their support portal.

Update 2 - 24/01: Psyonix are now telling us "macOS and Linux players can reach out directly to Steam to request refunds and they will be honored. In these cases, Steam will make an exception to their 2 hours limit rule.". Their own support ticket team are now also saying to ask Steam for the refund, although Valve has denied my own refund twice.

In situations like this, Valve ideally need a better support system in place or at least an option of platform removal to get around the usual way. As we end up going in circles.

Update 3: After making their PR team aware what was going on with the refund situation, they've now released a statement on Reddit. Refunds will be accepted on Steam now, plus they gave the reason behind removing Linux and macOS support.

It's what I suspected as written above, they're upgrading to a higher version of Direct X which is a problem as the "macOS and Linux native clients depend on our DX9 implementation for their OpenGL renderer to function" and they're not willing to put resources into Vulkan/Metal for Linux/macOS when the combined player-base was apparently "0.3%" of the active total and when "viable workarounds exist" with Wine being mentioned.

They could have gone for Vulkan though to get Windows + Linux (and Stadia) and possibly even macOS with MoltenVK. It's a shame another company decided to stick with a proprietary API. That said, it may not have been possible if they're on quite an old version of Unreal Engine.

If you do get a refund for it, be sure you use that Steam Wallet funding for a developer that does support Linux. Make it count.

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Glog78 23 January 2020 at 9:46 pm UTC
In my humble oppinion game companies should be able to get sued in europe since their idea of giving you only a revocable licence doesn't hold up. And if this one doesn't hold up the 24 month waranty rule should apply. Btw. in my oppinion this should hold up for any game which did sell a fully functional linux port and removed their support without removing sales 24 month before they end support.

But the question will be who is brave enough to at least contact people interested in makeing this happen.

"You always have the right to a minimum 2-year guarantee at no cost, regardless of whether you bought your goods online, in a shop or by mail order.
This 2-year guarantee is your minimum right, however national rules in your country may give you extra protection.
If goods you bought anywhere in the EU turn out to be faulty or do not look or work as advertised, the seller must repair or replace them free of charge or give you a price reduction or a full refund.
You can usually only ask for a partial or full refund when it is not possible to repair or replace the goods."

By this law basically games removing functionality (eg: online play) no matter how much you used this product should at least be refundable. I am really sad to say so but companies only understand money talking .... I wish it would be enough for them to stop such nonesense by the fact that they loose reputation on a customer level but it doesn't seems like ...
WorMzy 23 January 2020 at 9:50 pm UTC
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GoboI despise anyone who votes for Rocket League in the Linux Game of the Year Award, especially in the category "Favourite long-term supported game". Not only because of the ended support, but considering it took them years to release a Linux version. They kept teasing, promising and delaying for a long time.

It's also nominated in "Best update received in 2019".
I've removed it, it's no longer eligible to be in our awards.

I don't care either way (I last played in 2017), but the awards are for 2019, when it did support Linux. Removing their eligibility for 2019 awards due to decision announced in 2020 seems wrong?
The only two categories they were in were specifically targeting at supported games, they're removing said support. Absolutely no way they're staying in an award. It's not that difficult to understand.

Fair enough, at the end of the day it's your decision.

Due to the timing of this announcement I doubt they'd have gotten many votes anyway.
bradgy 23 January 2020 at 9:54 pm UTC
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Refunds might be a thing...

Personally, I'll be hanging on to my copy as long as it 'works'.

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tuubi 23 January 2020 at 9:54 pm UTC
Rocket League is pretty much the only online multiplayer game I play with my friends, and (for that reason) my most played game on Steam.

Hey Epic, I know I suck at being social, but do you really have to make it even harder for me?
razing32 23 January 2020 at 9:55 pm UTC
This feels like a canary in the coal mine in some way.
All of the warnings about centralized servers , no LAN or private servers , etc.
Seems this can hit any game any time
And for the people mentioning Tencent , they are still spreading their web of "transactions" and "aquisitions"

I miss the old days.
Game was released (maybe had a patch later), focus was single player , you had LAN and could play with private servers.
Now games are online , focus is multiplayer and publishers decide how the game is played and it is on their whim what will happen next.

Maybe I'll end up just reading books as a hobby as I grow older /sarcasm
razing32 23 January 2020 at 9:56 pm UTC
tuubiRocket League is pretty much the only online multiplayer game I play with my friends, and (for that reason) my most played game on Steam.

Hey Epic, I know I suck at being social, but do you really have to make it even harder for me?

We'll find you something else buddy ;-)
Heck , I'd play FOSS games with you anytime.
ZigZag 23 January 2020 at 10:00 pm UTC
Well rip, I have clocked over 1700hours in RL, I will admit I had a lot of fun time in this game, and the core game mechanic is just amazing and very close to perfect. But never fixing all the paper cuts, weird menu that was not making any sense, never leaving beta status on Linux and macOS, with several updates just plain letting the game crash on the beta platforms, making it obvious that they ship new features without even running it once, made me loose confidence and my interest in the game lately.

It's sad, it could have been a great experience for many years to come, but they definitely dropped the ball, and went to just selling cosmetics for outrageous amount of money.
Liam Dawe 23 January 2020 at 10:04 pm UTC
Added a link for people wanting a refund.
lectrode 23 January 2020 at 10:14 pm UTC
The knowledge of Epic's business practices over the past couple years, and the suspicion that they purchased RL simply to force more people to use their own store did not provide adequate shock defense for this announcement.

That is the main game I play with family and friends by quite a bit. Between being quick to get into a party, the fast-paced action, the frequent breaks, controller support for quick hand-offs...makes it perfect for playing with a volatile group. It's such a unique game too...

Between the over 700 hours of gameplay over the past 4 years I've had with that game...grinding to achieve diamond in certain ranked games...and the money I've spent on copies and DLC for friends and family who have transitioned to Linux...

As others have stated, Proton works wonderfully. However, I'd be much less opposed to this if they had vowed support for Proton. As it is, it could stop working at any time.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do. "Just find another game" isn't easy, especially when you've invested so much into one already.

Last edited by lectrode on 23 January 2020 at 11:42 pm UTC
tuubi 23 January 2020 at 10:24 pm UTC
tuubiRocket League is pretty much the only online multiplayer game I play with my friends, and (for that reason) my most played game on Steam.

Hey Epic, I know I suck at being social, but do you really have to make it even harder for me?

We'll find you something else buddy ;-)
Heck , I'd play FOSS games with you anytime.
I know man, I know. Thanks. The problem is, I really am not that social. Online games stress me out, even with friends. Rocket league is/was somehow different. I could just relax and do a few quick rounds. 550+ hours worth of quick rounds so far.

But I guess I should look for something else.
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