Fortnite developers Epic Games announced today it has completed the purchase of Rocket League creators Psyonix. What that means for the future of Rocket League is anyone’s guess.
Pysonix is, unsurprisingly claiming this is nothing but good news. In an official release from the company, it says the acquisition by Epic simply means the developers will be able to “serve our community in even bigger and better ways.” The company added that the purchase will not have any immediate changes of any kind.
One other tidbit added in the release has people wondering if Rocket League could eventually be getting pulled from Steam. “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.” It’s the comment about the Epic Games store that stands out.
That comment, as well as what Variety was told by Pysonix makes it appear as though there will come a time when the game isn’t available for purchase on Steam. The company told Variety that it will continue to support existing Rocket League users on Steam, meaning patches and DLC. It would not say whether or not the title would remain on sale at that online store.
That can’t be considered great news for those users who were just starting to realize the game’s full potential for hours of fun thanks to crossplay support that became fully functional in January. Of course, users should still be able to enjoy the crossplay feature, they would just need to download another PC client should Epic Store exclusivity come to pass.
To some degree, the absorption of Rocket League by the Fortnite devs was a foregone conclusion. The game was built using Epic’s Unreal Engine.