September 15 Psyonix has confirmed the September 23 release date, as well as two new item packs and the new Llama-Rama in-game event.
Players across the world have been eagerly anticipating the release of Rocket League’s free-to-play update – and they’ve finally got a date! One eagle-eyed Redditor spotted a Nintendo advert announcing that the update is coming September 23.
As well as going live on the Epic Games Store, anyone who has played the racing/football crossover before the free-to-play update will receive a host of freebies. The most exciting bonus is being rewarded with “legacy status”, giving them access to all previous DLC. However, more than 200 common items will also be upgraded to “legacy” quality and they’ll also get their hands on a golden cosmos boost, a huntress player banner, and Dieci-Oro wheels.
Steam players need not worry, as they’ll still be able to play the game through Valve’s storefront, however, new players will only be able to download the game via the Epic Games Store. The update will also provide cross-progression for your Rocket Pass, inventories, and Rocket League ranks if your account is linked to an Epic Games account.
User u/sam_wise_guy noticed Nintendo’s ad while happily frolicking through the beautiful fields of the internet, and was quick to post in r/RocketLeagueEsports.
People have known about the free-to-play update for a while now, but the release date has been kept purposefully vague all year. The five-year-old game has a dedicated fanbase and great esports presence, but it is likely it will see a resurgence in mainstream popularity with the free-to-play update.
In an official announcement, Psyonix confirmed the September 23 release date as well as some brand new additions for both legacy and free-to-play players.
The first addition is two item packs: the Endo Starter Pack and the Jäger Pack. The Endo Starter includes an Endo car chassis, Gaiden Wheels in grey, Neo-Thermal Boost, Friction Trail, and 500 Credits. The Jäger Pack includes the Jäger 619 in a clean Titanium White, Apparatus Wheels (again in Titanium White), Toon Goal Explosion (yep, Titanium White), and 1000 Credits. Both packs will be available from the item store when the update goes live.
The most exciting addition, however, is the Llama-Rama in-game event. Psyonix will reveal more details about the event next week, but it seems to involve that dastardly Fortnite llama in some kind of meta crossover.