A couple of months ago, Epic Games-owned Psyonix announced that its popular soccer/driving mashup game Rocket League would become free-to-play this summer. Today, the company announced that the update that makes the game free will go live on September 23, technically missing the summer timeframe by a single day.
In preparation for the update next week, another update is arriving for current owners tomorrow. The update will include all the bonus items that were promised for those that bought the game before it goes free, like the Golden Cosmos Boost, as well as all the Rocket League-branded DLC released so far. The update also adds cross-platform progression, though you'll need to link an Epic Games account to enable it.
Other changes in tomorrow's update include support for Epic Games's Support-A-Creator program, new quick chat options, an updated menu, a new bot difficulty, and more.
The free-to-play update itself will bring its own share of news, starting with a launch on the Epic Games Store, and if you add the game to your library there, you'll get a $10 coupon that can be used to buy games or add-ons that cost $14.99 or more.
The update will also add competitive tournaments for players to participate in, and Season 1 of Rocket Pass will be introduced, resetting the season count from the paid version of the game. There will also be new challenges to complete in the game in order to get new items and XP, and on that note, the new Endo Starter Pack and Jäger Pack will be available on that day, adding new car bodies, wheels, and boosts.
The free-to-play update will apply to all platforms where Rocket League is available, including the Epic Games Store. However, as previously noted, the game will no longer be available to get on Steam, and only existing owners will be able to access it on the platform. The developers will continue to support the title there, though.