After Reddit user TheSgtPunishment uncovered an image from Rocket League's source code suggesting that a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-style crate system (in which players pay money in exchange for crates containing random items) would be coming to the game at some point, Psyonix's Vice-President Jeremy Dunham quickly confirmed that such a system would be introduced to the title, although more wouldn't be revealed until the Rocket League Championship Series finals on 6th August.
Still, Dunham did give a few tidbits of info to dispel any rumours that this new system would affect gameplay or Psyonix's DLC and free content plan for Rocket League. "Crates will contain cosmetic content only," Dunham stated, before reassuring: "Players who don't want to interact with this system can hide it entirely with a single checkbox. Also of note, this won't affect or impact our current item drop system in any way. We also want to reassure you guys that we are sticking with our approach to keep introducing free new Arenas, Modes, and Items along with the occasional paid DLC like we always have."
While a lot remains to be revealed about this new system – such as the price of the crates, whether they'll contain any exclusive items, and if the crates will even be on console – it's safe to say that Psyonix has taken all possible precautions in order to lessen the impact of crates on the gameplay, as well as warming many people towards the idea.
Would you pay for these crates if they were made available on PS4? Or would you rather they weren't in the game? Hope that Rocket League Lotto doesn't become a thing in the comments below.
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How's this going to work then? I haven't played for a while so maybe they've changed it, but originally you'd get items for every complete match you played. Now they're going to lock that behind a crate? But you can hide the crates? And it's not going to change the current unlock system?
I don't understand...
@get2sammyb Dunham said that "this won't affect our item drop system in any way" so items will drop as normal. This system is just another way of making money for Psyonix, so it seems.
Because all those millions of copies sold apparently wasn't enough. Atleast it's cosmetic only and the new arenas and modes will still be free.
@Anchorsam_9 It doesn't make any sense to me, though. If you can just grab items from completing matches normally, why would you ever pay for a crate for a random chance at getting another item?
Dumb! (Amazing avatar)
@get2sammyb They've introduced rare and super rare items now, so it might have something to do with those. Not really a big deal, tons of cosmetic stuff you can still collect normally.
Whilst I'm not personally bothered by this, it does seem like a strange decision (assuming there are reasons). The game has sold incredibly well on 3 platforms with DLC selling well on at least 2 of them....I'd have thought they'd earned enough money now without the need for "loot crates" (micro-transactions).
I'm also not that bothered as it's cosmetic.
@get2sammyb I reckon the incentive will be exclusive items, just like @LieutenantFatman said. Still, I won't bother paying for them.
As for the avatar, the moment I saw that Kolo left I had no choice but to put it on. Truly the saddest day in LFC history.
This seems to be the first thing Psyonix has added that has caused a stir. I'm not bothered either way, there's no chance I'm paying for purely cosmetic stuff that will eventually unlock for free. Same as with the loot crates in Overwatch.
I'll probably just turn it off and forget it's even an option
This is a huge 'meh' from me. Lazy from Psyonix also. I'm still enjoying the basic game, but my interest is surely waning through all of these gimmicky updates.
If the purpose is to boost the community they should increase match making, add a tournament mode, clans, a singleplayer mode, an easier way to join in on friends' games, a level creator or those kind of features.
More bells and whistles won't keep the boat afloat.
I hope its not in your face being pushed.
I've got to say, I'm not really a fan of this either. That being said, I'll probably just turn it off and never look at it again.
You know I am getting so sick of the negativity people gI've off when companies say they are going to offer loot crates for cosmetic items for sale. WTF does it matter? It's not like it's a game breaker item, you can earn it by playing it the games who cares if people would rather buy it then play the game to get it. It's not ruining your enjoyment of the game is it?
So why do people go so upset?
@Kidfried The concurrent player base has been at around 100,000 pretty much from launch to today (excluding Xbox, not sure about PC). In fact they only recently hit their highest concurrent players.
They've said the loot boxes are to fund their championship series so I don't think it's to keep people playing
@Tasuki they've made more money than they could of possibly of ever imagined already. The item drops are slow as it is. This was bound to happen. Greed, pure greed.
Its a cheap way of skimming money off fans. The item drops will become even less frequent for none crate buyers. There is a problem with any game having Microtransactions / gambling / crates it encourages the crazy behaviour seen with the cs go scene recently and paid fifa promoters on you tube opening packs.
How long until this bleeds into the gameplay?
As @kidfried mentions all his points are more valid and more essential in keeping the game running. I'm not buying anymore dlc they can get lost. Last pushsquare cup next week then the games being binned.
@themcnoisy I think people get more worked up over it then needs be. I highly doubt that it changes the drop rates of things but the conspiracy theorists will say just because they want to be right. As I said you don't have to buy it if you don't want too, and it doesn't hurt your enjoyment so why do you try to hurt others? If they want to waste money on in game cosmetics then so be it.
@Tasuki my son spent £400 on fifa ultimate team over 2 days, its not 'stupid people with too much money' its kids who are fueling this. And to point out he stole the card.
It also does ruin your enjoyment as this never used to happen. Its a joke. I'm surprised £1 per play hasn't been introduced yet....
Looks at fifa draft.
@Tasuki The lower drop rate is already a fact. In the earlier version of the game you used to receive an item after every race until you had all possible items (obviously).
Sinceames the last update item drop randomly. So even though I only have three items from the latest update, fifty games can go by without me earning anything now.
The drop rates have lowered and that was of course in preparation of the loot crates. The fact that we know these crates exist is because they were put into the code at the same time as these so-called rare items.
So yea, it's not a conspiracy theory.
@themcnoisy No offense mate but the kid fueling this isn't exactly a counter. If parents aren't keeping an eye on their kid, using parental controls etc so the kid can steal a CC that's on the parent not the company. That would be like me saying oh it's Budweisers fault that I got drunk, and totalled my car.
And it's not really kids who's fueling this, it people who honesty have more money then time to enjoy a game. As I said who are you to tell them how to enjoy the game?
@Kidfried Ah ok then I take back that part, I haven't played RL in a while. Still I don't pay attention how long it takes to get things like that in games. I just play the game and if I unlock a cosmetic piece on my first game or my tenth it's cool. I play and enjoy the game for the gameplay itself not for unlockables l, but thats just me.
@mrobinson91 @Grawlog Yes, I understand the money is going into eSports. But they're not giving that money to top players out of charity, of course. They hope it will inspire people to be more involved with the game, et cetera. Also, eSports grants you a lot of marketing and potential merchandise income of course.Just look at League of Legends.
And it's completely fine they want to boost eSports. I understand they might feel the need, even though eSports has never been my cup of tea.
It's only too bad that they chose to invest in those tournaments rather than in the game itself. The last updates haven't really added features that I wanted. I'd rather see them treat features like clans, better matchmaking and even adding friends from the PC as piriorities instead of loot crates and tournaments.
So for me the game has about run its course, until they're going to announce updates that are meaningful to me.
@Tasuki Yea,those cosmetics don't hold value to me either. I could care less, my car is beautiful as it is. I didn't buy the DLC for the cosmetics either, just for the trophies.
@Tasuki no because beer advertising is not aimed at kids due to marketing laws. This pseudo online gambling is aimed at kids. Yes its our fault he took the credit card, that's a different problem. But the fact from nowhere someone - whoever it is - can blast £400 on digital junk from 1 game is wrong cleary. Kid proofing stuff can only go so far, once his tech savvyness improves so does his ability to bypass measures we put in place.
My son is 11. He's very clever but also very easily led.
Its also crazy after that game led to so much heartbreak and loss of trust, our own family members still buy the fricking game for him. Its primarily why I sold my ps4 copy.
@themcnoisy I wasn't saying beer is advertised to kids, but it all comes down to self responsibility. Whether it's a drunk behind the wheel of a car because he decided to buy a beer or a kid that bought a 400 dollars worth of in game junk. Are you sure your British mate? You are sounding more like a typical American.
I am sorry that your son did that but that's just a scapegoat that people use as an argument against in game purchases. I mean my son plays those games too, and sees the in app purchases, he's played Overwatch, Black Ops 3, Hearthstone etc. and he has never even asked to buy it. So it's not the in game purchases man, sorry to say.
@Tasuki yo man, just read this article and its pure coincidence this was written on polygon today;
You must read it mate.
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