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Psyonix, creator of Rocket League is joining Epic Games (updated)

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Epic Games don't seem to be just doing exclusives now, they're also pulling in studios with Psyonix (Rocket League) announcing today they're joining Epic Games. Yes, really.

It hasn't been completely confirmed just yet though, as they're waiting on "customary closing conditions", the usual legal stuff all things like this need to go through basically.

In the announcement post on their official site they said "Today is a big day for us here at Psyonix because, just as the headline says, we’re officially joining the Epic Games family.". Going into further detail, they said in the short term nothing will change but they do expect to release on the Epic Store and this will allow them to "leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before".

As a massive fan of Rocket League, being my current favourite and most played game in the last year this news has come as a little bit of a shock. For a number of reasons, for one Epic Games don't really care much about Linux and the Epic Store has no current plans to come to Linux. Not just that, we should take into account the reports about how awful it actually sounds to work for Epic Games with one person saying "It’s killing people" which really does make you think. It also puts Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney's comments across Twitter and various interviews, about how they're trying to change the PC gaming industry and make it better, into a rather different light.

The good news is that since Rocket League is well established on Steam, there should be no chance of it suddenly vanishing as that would be truly ridiculous. It means they also have access to a lot more resources, so hopefully Rocket League will continue to do well.

Update: Well, this could be a problem. According to The Verge, it will be removed from Steam. The press release they received said "The PC version of Rocket League will come to the Epic Games store in late 2019. In the meantime, it will continue to be available for purchase on Steam; thereafter it will continue to be supported on Steam for all existing purchasers,"—it's not entirely clear if that actually means it will be removed, so I've reached out for full confirmation but the wording really doesn't sound good.

Update #2: When asked on Twitter, the official Rocket League account told us "Hey there! More information will be shared in the future. Please check out our post about this on the Rocket League website: link" which of course wasn't helpful at all. Epic Games did not reply to my email as of yet, but they did send statements to other publications like USgamer where they said "We are continuing to sell Rocket League on Steam, and have not announced plans to stop selling the game there." and also "Rocket League remains available for new purchasers on Steam, and long-term plans will be announced in the future.".

So they aren't announcing plans to remove it from Steam, despite what early reports said but they're also being clear that they do have a long-term plan of which they're not talking about. That's one way to both clarify it and keep it ambiguous in case they do remove it from Steam. However, by long-term plans they might mean some sort of free to play release, supported by an expanded Rocket Pass, it could mean anything.

Update #3: Psyonix also added this additional note to their own announcement which reads "Editor’s Note: We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support. Thanks!".

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mylka 2 May 2019 at 12:55 am UTC
i guess its going to be a FREE TO PLAY title on epic
who would buy this game after all this years? on a different store? everyone who wanted it, already has it, or will buy it before it goes to epic

they give away a free game every 2 weeks, so RL will be one of them
btw transistor is free for a few hours. next is world of goo
both have linux support on steam, so if the epic store ever comes to linux, you have it

edoso linux version will stop being on sell once it goes to epic store

1) buy some steam keys on humble
2) wait til RL is on epic
3) ?

Last edited by mylka on 2 May 2019 at 1:01 am UTC
WJMazepas 2 May 2019 at 1:24 am UTC
gradyvuckovicEveryone, Epic Games!
Lets all thank them for bringing COMPETITION to gaming RIGHT?!

So there goes a Linux native game. An actual game with an actual native Linux title, will be bought and locked up in a store that doesn't support Linux. It will no longer be available for purchase and play on Linux because of Epic.

If you have on Steam you still will be able to play. Even if they do remove from the store, you will be able to download with no issues. I have Deadpool on my game list and i can play with no issues, even if is not sold on Steam.

If they remove from Steam and make somehow unplayable for everyone, or just Linux users, then they are facing a lawsuit. And even with Fortnite money im pretty sure they wont like that.

The worst case scenario is that we wont be able to buy DLCs and things like that because for that we will need the Epic Store and thats on Windows.
GustyGhost 2 May 2019 at 2:14 am UTC
Wow, I haven't logged into this site in forever and the state of affairs is both amusing and appalling.

I have made a commitment this year to spend money exclusively on free and open source games, and I couldn't be any happier. This Epic Games news only reinforces the fact that if the source is not available for a piece of software you are running, it will eventually cuck you. And that is a matter of when, not if.

MRW not having to deal with any of that bullshit anymore.
Dribbleondo 2 May 2019 at 2:49 am UTC
razing32I seriously do hope Epic just burns to the ground.
This exclusives nonsense is harmful to consumers and the last thing we need is to turn PCs into consoles with exclusive stores.

As controversial as this sounds, I don't mind timed exclusives, as the game will appear on another platform/ service eventually. I dislike Epic making former steam games exclusive, but considering there's realistically, no other way they can compete with Valve. Their leverage starts at a better price ratio split thing for devs, and ends with buying up exclusives.

Do I dislike them buying titles after they release (like Rocket league). Of course I do, as that undermines potential purchasers who wanted to get the steam version, and have to get it elsewhere. This is only a net win for epic. The consumer doesn't win when it comes to what Epic and Psyonix are doing.

Last edited by Dribbleondo on 2 May 2019 at 2:51 am UTC
The_Aquabat 2 May 2019 at 4:54 am UTC
this is bringing lock-ins to a whole new level, now suppose the game didn't have cross-platform multiplayer (I can think of COH2), linux-only multiplayer, that would effectively kill the game for good, no players no gaming.

Now picture this, same thing happening but with a Feral game?? suppose codemasters signs a deal with epic, this could drive feral out of business.

Maybe that's unlikely as big studios have bigger wallets and cannot be so easily bought... but let's suppose, maybe square enix gets fed up with review bombing and pulls out their games from steam? Just cause 4 failed on steam, after all, they don't loose anything by giving it a shot on epic store, so in that case they would start favoring epic store over steam.

Let's just hope bigger studios, that have bigger wallets, can't have their arms twisted so easily.

Oh man, now that MS is being more open, adopting open source stuff, I thought that the days of the linux hatred were long gone, Epic is the new M$.

Last edited by The_Aquabat on 2 May 2019 at 5:25 am UTC
edenist 2 May 2019 at 4:58 am UTC
KristianThis sucks, but unlike what an earlier comment said Epic is NOT publucally traded.

They aren't, but tencent [who owns 40% of epic] is, and they are also the ones helping bankroll of these purchases. Everyone things epic can't sustain such spending, yet I imagine tencent can.
RussianNeuroMancer 2 May 2019 at 6:28 am UTC
ElectroDDThey will sabotage themselves in 3-4 years by being too greedy or because investors want more.
Like EA sabotage themselves every year, yet they earn more money every year?
mirv 2 May 2019 at 7:48 am UTC
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I've not read everything, so apologies if this is already covered.
I don't have Rocket League (not a game for me), but does it use any Steam components for multiplayer? If so, then it will be much worse, because that will be the first thing to go, and I can't imagine Windows users being happy about that.
Epic can bugger off with this crap, but so can Psyonix. They agreed to it. Both deserve community ire over the handling of this.
Arehandoro 2 May 2019 at 8:21 am UTC
I have lack of sleep today and my mood is dark like the Dark Lord's armpit so no many nice words can come out out of my mouth/fingers.

Fuck game exclusives, fuck Epic, fuck Psyonix, fuck every single independent company selling away, fuck every big company becoming bigger and fuck this industry.
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