Epic Games, in continuing with its aggressive acquisition of exclusives (and its outright trolling of Steam,) has acquired Psyonix, the studio behind smash success Rocket League.
The deal will see Epic bring Rocket League to their PC storefront, meaning the game will no longer be available to purchase on Steam after the transition.
Epic has promised to continue to support the game, and Variety is reporting that any such support WILL be made available to owners of the Steam version. (I.e. most PC players.)
“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.
“We are continuing to sell Rocket League on Steam, and have not announced plans to stop selling the game there. Rocket League remains available for new purchasers on Steam, and long-term plans will be announced in the future,” from The Verge.
Owners of the Steam version are unhappy at the news, and much of the frustration from the player base is aimed at the developer for “selling out”:
“When you have to buy the entire studio to get them to put their game on your store.”
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Despite assurances from Epic, gamers are understandably concerned for the future of the title, not least with regards to Epic’s seemingly increasing determination to pick apart Steam and fracture the PC consumer base over its exclusivity deals.
At this time, no details as to how much Epic paid Psyonix have been revealed.