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​Epic Buys ‘Rocket League’ Developer, Game May Be Removed From Steam

​Epic Buys ‘Rocket League’ Developer, Game May Be Removed From Steam

Another day another Epic Games Store exclusive. Though, in this case, it may see a game that has been available on Steam for years removed from Valve's storefront. Epic has bought Psyonix, the developer of Rocket League, the game where you play football with cars, and the game might in time disappear from Steam.

In an announcement post, Psyonix said it is "joining the Epic Games family" and that this means it "will be able to serve [its] community in even bigger and better ways". Laying out what this would mean in practise, it said "in the short term, nothing will change at all", Rocket League will continue to receive new features and content. However, 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."

The main gains appear to be for the esports side of the game. Psyonix says that with Epic on board "it significantly increases our potential reach and resources".

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The blog post from Psyonix doesn't address the Steam version of Rocket League, but the press release from Epic does. It says that "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."

So that suggests you'll be able to buy Rocket League on PC through Steam until the game goes on sale through the Epic Store, at which point it will disappear from the Steam shopfront, but people who have bought the game will still be able to play it and receive updates to it from then onwards.

However, on Twitter and Reddit, fans are asking for further clarity on what this means for the Steam version of Rocket League, as an update to Psyonix's blog post said that "We wanted to clarify something for you after today's news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support." But that does not say whether you will be able to continue purchasing the game on Steam after it launches on the Epic Games Store.

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We've reached out to Epic for comment.

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Predictably, Rocket League is getting review-bombed on Steam, receiving 1,400 negative reviews since the announcement:

Rocket League has received an influx of negative Steam reviews since the acquisition
Rocket League has received an influx of negative Steam reviews since the acquisition

Epic's acquisition of Psyonix is not a leftfield move, the companies have worked closely for more than a decade. Psyonix started as a group of modders who worked with the Unreal Engine, Epic's game engine, and some of the team even worked on Epic's games to ad vehicle support back in 2003. Since then they've had close ties, and Rocket League was made in Epic's engine, too.

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Featured Image Credit: Psyonix

Topics: video games, epic games, gamingbible

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]