Epic buys Rocket League developer Psyonix

By Sameer Mitha | Published on May 02 2019
Epic buys Rocket League developer Psyonix
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The terms of the deal such as financials are not yet finalised.

Rocket League will continue to be available on the Steam store.

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Epic Games, the developer behind the popular battle Royale game, Fortnite, has announced that it is acquiring Rocket League developer, Psyoonix. Terms of the deal, including how much Epic paid for the developer, were not disclosed. If you are wondering what this means for the popular car-based soccer game, the developer said on its official blog, “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.”

In the original statement, Epic 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.” The statement sounded like the game would be pulled off the Steam Store. However, Epic clarified in a statement saying, "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."

So it looks like the game will continue to sell on Steam along with the Epic store but we do think there will some Epic store exclusive goodies in store for the game in the future. The deal between Epic and Psyonix is yet to be finalized and both the parties are expected to seal the deal by June 2019.

While Sony and Microsoft are adding to their portfolio of first-party developers to build an exciting library of exclusive, it looks like we may see a similar exclusive lineup war in the PC space helmed by Steam and Epic. Time for Steam to whip out the big guns in the form of Half-Life 3?

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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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