Rocket League is getting a paid crate system. Before I dive into what this means for us, let’s knock out another important question out of the way. Why? Psyonix is implementing Rocket League crates to help fund their esports prize pools and events. It’s similar to the approach 343 Industries takes with their REQ packs.
Crates will contain cosmetic content only. We have a strict “Don’t Sell Advantage” policy for Rocket League, and we’re sticking with that.
Cosmetic-only items is good. It’s not like they were going to release boost trails that affected gameplay. Fans would revolt. The implementation of the crate system does hide cosmetics behind a paywall that Rocket League fans aren’t used to seeing (outside of DLC).
There will be no Steam Marketplace integration with crates. We are definitely aware of the problems related to third-party gambling in other games and we are not interested in taking that approach.
It looks like Psyonix has been paying attention to the recent CSGO Lotto scandal.
Players who don’t want to interact with this system can hide it entirely with a single checkbox. Also of note, this won’t affect or impact our current item-drop system in any way.
Sounds good. And it’s probably what I will end up doing. More options are always a good thing. Implement crates for folks who like the sort of thing. And give other people (like me) the ability to just ignore it completely.
We also want to reassure you guys that we are sticking with our approach to keep introducing free new Arenas, Modes, and Items, along with the occasional paid DLC just like we always have.
This is all that matters. Psyonix’s success with Rocket League comes down to fantastic gameplay combined with a DLC plan that respects players. It’s amazing what happens when developers don’t try to nickel and dime us.
I have no problems with Rocket League getting a crate system. The gaming community has shown time and again there is an appetite for cosmetic items. Publishers/developers don’t implement these systems for the hell of it. It’s what a subsection of their fanbase wants.
And if it helps push esport support that might not otherwise be there, I’m all for it.
The Rocket League Championship Live Finals are set
Eight teams (four from North America and four from Europe) will duke it out on August 6th and 7th at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. The finals will be Double Elimination with $55,000 on the line.
Check out the matches from this past weekend that set the final four teams for Europe. Look for a more official unveiling of Rocket League crates near the RLCS finals.