It seems that Epic Games are now in the process of purchasing Psyonix, the developers behind Rocket League, but what does this mean for the future of the popular e-sports title on the Steam platform?
Epic are well known for their boycotting of Steam, so fans of Rocket League are concerned this morning that the game may dissapears from the Steam platform and become exclusive to the Epic Store. Thankfully, this does not seem to be the case, at least for now.
Hi all! We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support. Thanks!— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) 1 May 2019
The game will be coming to the Epic store later this year, though, and will "continue to be supported on Steam for all existing purchasers." - although the wording of that implies that new sales may actually cease on Steam, the game will merely be kept up to date for Steam customers who already own the game.
Psyonix released a Q&A about the purchase, stating they expect no short term changes, or any changes to gameplay, but that it will enhance the e-sports scene for the game with bigger and better events.
As for Psyonix themselves, they are apparently staying put for now, maintaining their existing San Diego studio. The deal of course isn't final, yet, but we don't expect it will fail to go through, but we'll report further on this if there are any developments.
We expect the deal to be completed by the early June. In the mean time, you can keep an eye on the Rocket League Q&A page here.