Fortnite creator Epic Games have officially announced the acquisition of Rocket League developer Psyonix for an undisclosed fee. The game will come to Epic Games Store in late 2019 and there are strong hints it will stop selling on Steam.
Epic Games are continuing with their aggressive strategy in the battle of game launchers which is getting hotter with each passing month. Their latest acquisition is technically not a game, instead, Fortnite creator have bought Rocket League developer Psyonix for an unspecified amount.
This means that Psyonix's vehicular football game is coming to Epic Games Store sometime in late 2019, while the game's future on Steam remains unknown. After the announcement, fans of the franchise voiced their concerns on Twitter but Psyonix quickly explained that Rocket League is and remains available on Steam and everyone who owns the game through Valve's platform will be able to play it with regular updates.
Epic Games also responded by confirming the statement from Psyonix, however, they added that long-term plans are yet to be announced. If we had to guess here, we would probably say that Epic Games will sell Rocket League on Steam until it becomes available on their own store.
The game would probably get regular updates just like Metro Exodus, which is another exclusive to Epic Store. Whether these updates include new, paid DLC, it remains to be seen.
Of course, nothing is confirmed yet, and it's possible that Epic continue to sell the game on Steam even after it arrives on their store, but that's highly unlikely and newcomers will probably have to opt for Epic Store version.
Psyonix say that nothing will change at all and that this deal only allows them "to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before". The studio have also been a partner with Epic since the Unreal Tournament era which is why it "makes sense in many ways" for Psyonix.
All in all, it's another win and another highly popular game for Epic Store that will certainly attract even more users despite the negativity that's surrounding the company. The partnership should also help the devs to improve the game's servers and overall, bring higher-quality content to vehicular football players.