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Psyonix has announced all randomised loot crates will be removed from Rocket League later this year. See, sometimes good stuff does happen.
It’s interesting timing as well, what with the Epic Games Store controversy reaching fever pitch right now. If it’s slipped your mind, Psyonix was bought outright by Epic Games back in May. A divisive decision at the time, Psyonix has suggested this partnership with Epic Games has led them to bigger and better things in terms of monetisation.
“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,” reads the statement. “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. This is similar to changes implemented earlier this year by the Fortnite Save the World team.”
Rocket League players will still be able to make in-game purchases for Rocket Pass Premium, DLC cars, and shop items, the difference being these items will now be available for direct purchase rather than locked behind randomised loot boxes.
This is probably part of a concerted push on Epic’s part to ensure its own roster of titles doesn’t have loot crates or anything which could constitute gambling. The writing is on the wall for gatcha monetisation and Epic has a massive dollar-shaped target on its chest which it’ll be keen to avoid.
This is a great, positive step forward, although it surely won’t be without sufficient backlash from the Rocket League community. A move such as this basically pulls the rug out from the entire in-game economy. Some folks are sat on thousands of dollars of rare items they’ve been hoarding, all which will tumble in value when they can be directly purchased.
Believe it or not, the Steam discussions are stacked with people saying Rocket League is now ruined because Psyonix is removing crates. I for one can’t wait to play Rocket League without having to put up with constant trade offers mid-match. This will be quite the wake-up call to these people that their worthless digital cosmetic goods are exactly that – worthless.
Anyway, Rocket League fans have this change to look forward to later in 2019. Let’s hope a few other games begin to follow suit as well…