Rocket League sure has gone through a lot of changes, hasn't it? Since it exploded in popularity right off the bat in 2015, developer Psyonix has been admirably committed to improving and expanding the quirky sports game. At one point, that included the introduction of Crates -- paid loot boxes you had to buy keys to open. For some, they soured the experience, but the good news is they're now planning on getting rid of them.
"Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole, we are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world," said the studio in a new blog post. "In pursuit of that goal, later this year we will remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance."
Not all premium services are going away, however. The Rocket Pass, DLC vehicles, and Esports Shop items will still be available for purchase. Psyonix is simply removing the random element from the Crates, and will let you see what items you're getting for your money before you pull the trigger. Microtransactions will still be in Rocket League, but at least you won't be splashing out on cosmetics you don't actually want.
What do you think of this change to Rocket League? Have you bought many Crates over the years? Boost into the comments and let us know.
[source rocketleague.com, via twitter.com]
I think we have all had enough of loot boxes. I would prefer a full game at launch with maybe a microsubscription model in place (like £1 a month to support the developers online component) a few months after release.
That's not going to happen though so a store you know what you are buying is a begrudging compromise I am kinda not okay with but will accept if we see the end of Lootboxes.
It's a welcome change. I'm assuming keys will still be needed?
I stopped playing because of how Rocket League was starting to nickle and dime their player base for however much they could. I kind of lost my interest in the game and dev entirely as a result.
I know that people might disagree with me on this and that is fine, but although this is a good thing, it is not something I celebrate. All that has happened here essentially is that the gambling element has been removed, so that the microtransactions are protected against any potential gambling law changes. Not saying that is why Psyonix and Epic have done this as there are worse companies out there such as EA and Activision, but I am pessimistic to say the least that this was done for any reason other than a potential danger to profits...
Damn, the last few years of gaming have made me a "glass half empty" kind of person.
Better late than never I suppose.
"Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole"
Oh, read the room and spare us the "Epic are good guys" nonsense.
Still, at least it's a better communication than the Ooblets flustercuck.
@Kidfried I'm in the same boat. I LOVED Rocket League during its first year or so of release, but I haven't touched it since they added the loot boxes and their removal still won't get me to come back.
@Paranoimia Well Epic own Psyonix now so they'll be the ones dictating things.
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