Rocket League moves to free-to-play model, releases Season 1 trailer

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The idea of Psyonix dropping a “Rocket League Season 1” trailer this week might strike some players as odd. The game isn’t exactly new. In fact, it celebrated its fifth birthday this summer.

For the uninitiated, Rocket League is a soccer game. Instead of human athletes, though, players control automobiles.

For Rocket League enthusiasts, changes are afoot. For PC users, for example, the game will be moving from Steam and landing on the Epic Games store as a free-to-play title. Players who previously purchased the Steam version will still be able to play. Moreover, they will receive “Legacy” status, complete with unique customizations.

The game will also become free to play for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch users.

Rocket League Season 1

Rocket League Season 1 kicks off on September 23. Check out the trailer below:

What does it all mean for players? Well, according to the official Rocket League website, it means a new Rocket Pass:

Get ready to Tier Up in the latest Rocket Pass, which begins with Season 1. This Rocket Pass celebrates the legacy of Rocket League, and comes with 70+ Tiers of items inspired by the history of the game. It all starts with the newest rugged car, Harbinger. Inspired by a classic from Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Harbinger modernizes the stylings of its predecessor and is ready for Rocket League. This latest car is unlocked immediately with Rocket Pass Premium

Rocket Pass Premium costs 1000 Credits and grants access to the full Rocket Pass experience: 70 Tiers of unlockable items, and the Pro Tiers after Tier 70 which grant Painted and Special Edition variants of select items from this Rocket Pass. Plus, players with Rocket Pass Premium will get three additional Weekly Challenges that will grant XP and Drops. 

Check out the full lineup of Rocket Pass items, including Harbinger, Mister Monsoon Goal Explosion, Mandala Wheels, League Legacy Boost and so much more! How far will you go?

How far, indeed.

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