Earlier in the year, Psyonix pledged to remove loot boxes from the ever popular Rocket League in a bid to make its microtransactions fairer. The randomised rewards are to be replaced with a system in which you'll be able to see exactly what you're buying before you put any money on the table.
Today, the developer has gone into further detail about this new system. In December, Psyonix will introduce Blueprints to its motorised football game. As it explains in a recent blog post, Blueprints have the chance to drop after a match, and they'll show you exactly what you can make with them before you spend any dosh. With this system in place, the randomised nature of the game's microtransactions will be superseded by something much more fixed.
In addition to Blueprints, the December update will add an Item Shop. Here, all sorts of premium items will appear on rotation, including those previously only found by opening loot boxes, or Crates. Rocket League's premium currency, Keys, is also being replaced; the new in-game currency will be Credits, and it's these with which you'll be able to buy Blueprint items or goodies from the Item Shop. Existing Keys and Crates will be converted into Credits and Blueprints when the update goes live, so you won't be losing out.
What do you think of Rocket League's more transparent approach to microtransactions? Is this more palatable than random loot boxes? Boost into the comments and let us know.
[source rocketleague.com, via eurogamer.net]
Unless it's a free to play game, I have zero empathy or tolerance for companies shoving in monetization stuff like this in a game you have to pay for. I didn't mind Rocket League releasing paid skins for the cars or different types of them, but I bailed and never went back once the loot boxes came into play.
Why don't they just make a shop. £1 new cars, 50p every decal?
There's always a gimmick.
With the item shop in addition to their "Rocket pass," the conversion to the Fortnite micro-transaction system is now complete. If you can't beat em...
The only thing I buy on RL now is the premium DLC cars cos after all who doesn't want a Batmobile or Ecto-1?
Or maybe there shouldn't be any of this monetisation crap at all in a game that isn't free to play.
@RainbowGazelle unfortunately, the reality is that most online games would simply either not exist or not be as good/stable. Cosmetics or similar things that don't enhance your chances of winning don't do any harm.
@BowTiesAreCool What's PS Plus paying for then?
@RainbowGazelle Sony's servers.
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