Rocket League has been one of the biggest successes of this generation. The vehicular sports game from Psyonix has gone from being a little indie title to having over 50 million players and being bought out by Epic Games. One of the more controversial things of this generation has been loot boxes. We’re not particularly fans of the randomised reward system and would love to see it disappear from the industry. Rocket League introduced loot crates in 2016 but it has just been announced that they will soon be removed.
It seems as though Epic Games are looking to remove the controversial monetisation method from many of the their games. They have recently removed loot boxes from the Save the World portion of Fortnite. The decision to remove them from Rocket League was announced via the game’s website. You can check it out below –
Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole, we are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world. In pursuit of that goal, later this year we will remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance. This is similar to changes implemented earlier this year by the Fortnite Save the World team.
Rocket Pass Premium, DLC Cars, and Esports Shop items will continue to be offered for direct purchase alongside our new system.
We will share more information, including timelines and roll-out specifics, in the coming months.
Obviously we welcome this move. Loot boxes and other in-game gambling mechanics have become something of a blight on the video game industry. Rocket League‘s crates may have only featured cosmetic items but it can still be predatory. We support Epic Games’ decision to remove them and just allow fans to purchase the skins directly.