Epic Games has announced, presumably in another giggling confetti shower of Fortnite cash, that it’s in the process of acquiring four-wheeled footie phenomenon Rocket League and its developer Pysonix for an undisclosed sum.
That’s significant news, given Rocket League’s enormous popularity (it’s sold over 10.5 million copies across all platforms, with 57 million registered players), and marks another wad-flinging gambit in Epic’s aggressive grasp for PC storefront dominance. By the end of the year, Rocket League will be removed from sale on Steam and become an Epic Games Store exclusive.
Rocket League’s large Steam player base has no immediate need to panic, however. Until the transition is complete, some time in “late 2019”, Rocket League will remain on sale through Steam, and Psyonix says it will “continue to support” the game on Valve’s platform. Speaking to Variety, the developer clarified that Steam users will continue to receive “patches, DLC and all other content that hits the PC version of the game through the Epic Game Store”.