first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target While it’s no Fortnite, Rocket League is still a really popular video game. And it deserves to be! Cars playing soccer is just an inherently fun idea that developer Psyonix executed on perfectly. Combine that with a smart approach to cross-platform play and it’s no surprise the game still has a thriving esports scene four years later.And while Rocket League isn’t Fortnite, its success has still caught the attention of Fortnite’s creators Epic Games. The gaming giant has just purchased Psyonix (and therefore Rocket League) gaining another powerful multiplayer franchise as well scoring another goal against rival Steam.“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,” said Psyonix in a statement. “We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.”It sounds like Psyonix and Epic both know that Rocket League isn’t broke, so don’t try to fix it. Just keep helping it grow with Epic’s vast resources. The game already runs on Epic’s Unreal engine. And more cynically, while Rocket League does cost money, its season-based games as a service multiplayer structure should be quite familiar to Fortnite players. We just hope Psyonix isn’t burdened with the harmful and exploitative culture of crunch that appears to plague other successful Epic Games teams according to new reports.Also notice that Psyonix specifically mentions the Epic Game Store. While it may not happen immediately, Rocket League will absolutely become the next high-profile game to leave Steam and appear exclusively on the Epic Games Store later this year. At least on PC. Key to maintaining Rocket League’s success is appeasing players on all systems including consoles like Nintendo Switch. Of course, this could all be moot if Valve calls Epic’s bluff and gives better cuts to developers. Epic’s Tim Sweeney’s recently said such a move would end this current PC game store cold war.If you haven’t played Rocket League, get on that, whether it’s through the Epic Games Store or anywhere else. And for more on what Valve is doing to drum up more interest in Steam in the face of these new threats, here are the latest details on the upcoming Valve Index VR headset.last_img