Rocket League is Dropping Random Loot Crates

Rocket League is Dropping Random Loot Crates

Good for them.

pocru by pocru on Aug 07, 2019 @ 08:49 AM (Staff Bios)
In case you weren’t aware, Epic Games – you know, the people who are awful – have been on a rampaging conquest over the past few months, gobbling up studios and games in their endless quest to become as big and swollen and unwieldy as their competitor, Steam. And one of the studios that were swallowed whole was Psyonix, the creators of Rocket League, making the beloved car-soccer sport thing an Epic Games store exclusive. And there was much sadness.

That said, while Epic Games are awful, they do have some redeeming qualities that keep them at EA’s level: specifically, when Belgium outlawed loot boxes, they did not decide to fight that decision in court, and simply stopped selling loot boxes in that region. They then took it one-step forward by adding X-Ray Llamas to the “Save the World” mode in Fortnite, which would tell you exactly what you were getting before you bought your Llama loot box. Not bad.

And now they’re going to do the same thing for Rocket League.

"Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole, we are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world. In pursuit of that goal, later this year we will remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance. This is similar to changes implemented earlier this year by the Fortnite Save the World team.

Rocket Pass Premium, DLC Cars, and Esports Shop items will continue to be offered for direct purchase alongside our new system.”

So that’s good. Maybe not as good as stripping out these microtransactions entirely and treating it like a friggen video game, but at least now it’s not preying on gamblers and people with poor impulse control.

Baby steps.


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