Last week, Reddit user TheSgtPunishment posted leaked assets from Rocket League that appeared to show a loot crate and key, possibly similar to the types of systems used for cosmetic items in Overwatch and Destiny. While the game has a wide variety of cosmetic items available in game, there are currently only a select few licensed items – including cars from Back to the Future and Batman vs. Superman – that must be purchased separately. Naturally then, any potential change to the system causes a lot of worry among the fan base.
After some speculation on Reddit, Psyonix’s Jeremy Dunham joined the discussion to confirm the upcoming micro-transactions and give some perspective from the studio:
Those assets are, indeed, early pieces of an upcoming system we plan on implementing to fund our esports prize pools and events. We plan on officially announcing it next month at (or near) the RLCS Live Finals since it directly relates to that event and other events like it, but since this image came out before our official word, we wanted to clarify some things for you:
- Crates will contain cosmetic content only. We have a strict “Don’t Sell Advantage” policy for Rocket League, and we’re sticking with that.
- There will be no Steam Marketplace integration with crates. We are definitely aware of the problems related to third-party gambling in other games and we are not interested in taking that approach.
- Players who don’t want to interact with this system can hide it entirely with a single checkbox. Also of note, this won’t affect or impact our current item-drop system in any way.
We also want to reassure you guys that we are sticking with our approach to keep introducing free new Arenas, Modes, and Items, along with the occasional paid DLC just like we always have.
Hope this helps shed some light on what we have planned. It’s actually a pretty cool system that we’ll be happy to share detail about next month.
By the sound of things, Psyonix continues to make the right moves with Rocket League. After giving the game away to PlayStation Plus users paid off exceptionally well, the developer was rewarded with high sales on PC and XBOX One, building an overall user-base of over 12 million players. Now – with it’s eyes on eSports – Psyonix hopes to fund its prize pools for events with these new micro-transactions.
In the grand scheme of things, the crate system outlined in Dunham’s comment above is just about the best setup you could ask for as a fan of the game. With all crates containing only cosmetic items, it looks like players will be able to disable the system altogether, even hiding it within the UI. While some of this is still shrouded in mystery, it looks like we’ll see an official unveiling in early August.
What do you think about Psyonix’s plan to add random loot micro-transactions into Rocket League? Let us know in the comments below!