Epic Games, acquired Psyonix, the developer of Rocket League earlier this year. While that came as a pretty surprising move, it was a kind of welcome change for the game. For an industry-giant like Epic to back an Esport game, with a very strong community that is still at a nascent stage, was something the community looked at pretty optimistically. However, with that move, the surprises didn’t end. Soon after the acquisition, we got to know about the next big thing on the radar for Rocket League, that is, the removal of loot boxes from the game.
Loot boxes will be replaced by an overhauled in-game shop that shows the items you’ll get ahead of time. According to the statement, Rocket Pass Premium, DLC Cars, and esports shop items will continue to be offered for direct purchase alongside our new system. Earlier this year, Epic discontinued randomized loot boxes from Fortnite: Save the World.
A lot of people have some pretty strong feelings about Epic Games, but you have to give them credit for taking the lead when it comes to phasing out loot boxes. As mentioned above, they’ve already removed them from Fortnite and they didn’t wait long to nix them from Rocket League once they had the chance. Hopefully other publishers take note.
“This move was likely made for the same reasons that Epic removed blind loot boxes from the Save the World mode in Fortnite back in January,” Carter Rogers, principal analyst at SuperData told GameDaily. “The financial upsides from loot box sales were probably not worth the potential controversy, especially now that Rocket League is part of the kid-friendly Epic Games brand.”
This is a surprising move, and one that comes during a controversial time for loot boxes in the gaming industry. A senior executive at Electronic Arts recently told the United Kingdom’s Parliament that loot boxes were “surprise mechanics” and “quite ethical and fun.” Other studios have come under fire for implementation of loot boxes and gambling mechanics, making the Rocket League move a potentially important one in this dialogue. Stay tuned to 5mmo.com and we will be the first one to inform you all the latest. Besides, our website also offer Cheap Rocket League wheels for players.