At the start of May 2019, Epic (the massive company behind the Epic Games Store, Fortnite, the Unreal Engine and more besides) revealed that it was acquiring Psyonix – the developer behind Rocket League.
Because of the deal, Psyonix noted that it will have access to more resources to continue the development and evolution of Rocket League – both from a casual perspective and a competitive e-sports angle.
The press release announcing the acquisition also revealed, as of late 2019, the parent company will bring the game to Epic’s virtual storefront: the Epic Games Store.
Though there is some unclear wording in the press release, it seems as though Epic will indeed be removing Rocket League from sale on Steam altogether by 2020 – though anyone that’s purchased the game on the store so far will still have access to the title.
Will Rocket League be removed from Steam?
The best indication we have of whether or not the game will be removed from the Steam store comes in the wording of the original press release that Epic and Psyonix released.
“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.”
The use of ‘thereafter’ at the end there makes it sound like Rocket League will be delisted from Steam once the transition into Epic’s ecosystem is fully complete.
Epic’s statement suggests that before Rocket League arrives on the Epic Store, you will be able to buy a copy of the game on Steam. Afterwards, once Epic Games Store lists the title, Steam games will work and be supported… but you will not be able to buy it.
At least, that seems to be the case based on the wording of the press release.
To muddy the waters even more, when asked if the game will stop being sold on Steam, Epic said to USGamer:
“[Epic] has not announced plans to stop selling the game [on Steam]. Rocket League remains available for new purchasers on Steam, and long-term plans will be announced in the future.”
We would like to note that ‘not announcing plans’ is different and intentional wording from ‘we will continue to sell the game’. The wording of this sounds like Epic is merely noting it has not formally committed to removing the game from Steam, but will refuse to safeguard the title’s availability on Steam in the long run.
We will continue to update this article as more certain, definitive information comes to light.
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