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Rocket League servers go down today - here's when in your timezone

Rocket League's servers are going down for "scheduled maintenance" later today, developer Psyonix has announced. The downtime begins on Wednesday, August 12 at 20:00 PT / 23:00 ET - that's 04:00 BST on Thursday, August 13, for those in the UK or Europe. The downtime will last "up to one hour", during which access to competitive playlists will be unavailable. Psyonix did not say what, if anything, would change after the downtime. Rocket League is going free-to-play with its next update, though we don't yet know when that will land. So far, Psyonix has only stated that it would be at some point this year, when cross-platform progression will also be introduced. In a recent blog post, the company shared more information on how that system will work, including the linking of different platform accounts and which items are shared across platforms - and which are not. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League will leave the Steam store once it's free-to-play on the Epic Game Store Rocket League is going free-to-play later this year The best indie games on PC in 2020


Here's how Rocket League's cross-platform progression will work

Here's how Rocket League's cross-platform progression will work Here's how Rocket League's cross-platform progression will work Cross-platform play is already possible in Rocket League—a Steam player can compete against a PlayStation player, for example—but players who have multiple accounts on different platforms currently have no way to synchronize their progression and inventories. That is, someone who owns Rocket League on both Steam and on PS4 has to level up and earn items separately on each platform. That's changing, and with a little setup, the pretend cars you own on Steam will soon be the same pretend cars you own on PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, and so on. Rocket League's new cross-platform progression system will be added with its free-to-play launch on the Epic Store. When that happens sometime this summer, new players will no longer be able to get Rocket League on Steam, though existing players will still be able to play their Steam copy, and it'll get the same cross-platform features and updates as the other versions. However, while you won't have to switch to the Epic Store version of Rocket League if you want to take advantage of cross-platform progression, you will need an Epic Games account. The way it will work is pretty simple: You'll link your various Rocket League platform accounts to your Epic Games account, and then you'll select one of them as your primary Rocket League platform—your Steam account, for instance. All the other linked accounts will then gain and contribute to the primary account's inventory, competitive rank, XP level, and Rocket Pass progress. There are some exceptions: Premium DLC, Credits, Esports tokens, and a few other things won't be shared. Player-to-player trading will also be restricted so that items can only be traded on the platform they were purchased on. Those are minor limitations, though, and the functionality should be a boon to players who move between console and PC, because they won't have to fight for two or more competitive ranks, and can work on one Rocket Pass progression. (It's also part of Epic's grand strategy. Epic boss Tim Sweeney has been a vocal proponent of cross-platform functionality for years, and Epic recently made the cross-platform infrastructure it built for Fortnite free for other developers.) For people like me who only play on Steam, there's an extra incentive to link an Epic account: Do it and you'll get the "Chopper EG" wheels pictured above. They're kind of ugly, though, so I think I'll survive without them. If you play on multiple platforms and do look forward to consolidating, though, you can read more about how you'll be able to connect your accounts in this Psyonix blog post.  Psyonix still hasn't said exactly when the free-to-play update is coming, but it should happen before the summer is over.


Scrub Killa and Gregan are reunited - and their Rocket League ambitions haven't changed

About eight months ago, I sat in Team Vitality's brand new training facility in Paris' iconic Stade de France, and nattered away with Rocket League coach Mike 'Gregan' Ellis and young prodigy Kyle 'Scrub Killa' Robertson. The pair helped Vitality win a World Championship and were preparing to solidify the French organisation as the best Rocket League team in the world. Just two months later at the turn of the year, both had left. For Gregan, there followed a long period away from the responsibility as a head coach. For Scrub Killa, instability became the theme of 2020. After his exit from Vitality, he moved to mousesports - but this opportunity was cut short due to disagreements over contracts. What came next was a lengthy spell without a team, where the Scot filled his time with streaming and the occasional tryout. Now though, the double act are back, and part of the very first esports roster to be fielded by Guild Esports. The new UK-based team (backed by England legend David Beckham, no less) has dived straight into the intense, reimagined world of Rocket League esports and got its debut outing as an organisation in the first stage of the European division of RLCS X. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League director says the Epic Games Store is "a great platform" for the game Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more Guild Esports signs its first team, opts for Rocket League


Rocket League director says the Epic Games Store is "a great platform" for the game

Rocket League has just turned five, but the game has had quite the journey. From launching in July 2015 on PC and PlayStation 4, to being ported to Xbox the following year, the game has entertained millions of players with its addicting rocket-powered cars. Now Psyonix is preparing for its biggest update yet, in which Rocket League will be made free-to-play. Of course, this decision has been a long time coming. Psyonix were, after all, bought out by Epic Games last year, and the development team have spoken about their desire to make it free in the past. So in order to understand why the free-to-play update is coming now and what the future might hold, we sat down with Scott Rudi and Corey Davis, the game director and co-studio head of development. "Going free-to-play has been in the works for quite some time," Rudi tells The Loadout. "We were looking for the right time to make it happen. Things started to align when we were acquired by Epic and we made the decision that we wanted to go onto the Epic Games Store as a free-to-play game. It just fit." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more Guild Esports signs its first team, opts for Rocket League Rocket League is going free-to-play


Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more

We all love a bit of frantic, fast-paced aerial car football, don't we? Rocket League stands in a field of its own as an esport, with its mixture of teamwork, coordination and driving skills making it hard to squeeze into any pre-existing genre. Because it's so unique, Rocket League has a massive following and has become a top tier esport. But it isn't just the pro players who get to play competitively; Rocket League has a ranking system which allows you to progress from Unranked to Grand Champion across eight different competitive game modes. If you want to up your Rocket League game, or you're just a sucker for the grind, then ranked play is where you'll want to be. For those who have maybe never played Rocket League before and are thinking about it now that it's going free-to-play, or have only ever played casually, you might have some burning questions about competitive play. Where do I start? How many ranks are there? How do I rank up? And, most importantly, how long does it take before I can say 'completed it, mate.' Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League director says the Epic Games Store is "a great platform" for the game Guild Esports signs its first team, opts for Rocket League Rocket League is going free-to-play


Guild Esports signs its first team, opts for Rocket League

Guild Esports, the new esports organisation backed by legendary footballer David Beckham, has revealed its first roster. The organisation will be making the leap into Rocket League and has secured the signing of one of the scene's most talented yet controversial players, Kyle 'Scrub Killa' Robertson. The young Scot, who is a former RLCS World Champion with Team Vitality, joins Guild after being without a permanent team for around four months after he left Mousesports just a few weeks into his "unreasonable" contract with them. Scrub Killa will be joined by former Team Singularity duo Joseph 'noly' Kidd and Thomas 'ThO' Binkhorst, who recently played with Scrub Killa in a couple of events when he joined as a temporary stand-in. This makes Guilds' roster an incredibly young one, with noly and ThO both 18 and Scrub Killa, despite his experience, only being 17. The team will be overseen by ex-Team Vitality coach Mike 'Gregan' Ellis, who will reunite with Scrub Killa after helping the Scot and Vitality win its first World Championship last year. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League director says the Epic Games Store is "a great platform" for the game Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more Rocket League is going free-to-play


Rocket League is leaving Steam to go free-to-play this year

"> Hey, can you keep a secret? See, I still haven’t played Rocket League, and I’m a little worried it might be too late. Fortunately, developers Psyonix have just announced that they’re making their spectacular car footy game free-to-play later this year – but there’s a bit of a catch. Once it ditches that pricetag, Rocket League is leaving Steam’s parking lot, taking its acrobatic hatchbacks exclusively to the Epic Games Store. (more…)


Rocket League will leave the Steam store once it's free-to-play on the Epic Game Store

If you have any plans to play Rocket League on Steam but don't have it bought, then you better get moving. The indie game will no longer be available to purchase on Steam once Rocket League's free-to-play update drops later this year. While the option for new players to get it through Valve's platform will be gone, however, the game will still benefit from full support for future updates and features. The move coincides with the soon to be free game launching on the Epic Store. We knew that was on the cards since the Fortnite developer purchased Rocket League developer Psyonix last year, but what would happen to the game on Steam was uncertain. A press release had implied you wouldn't be able to buy it on Steam once it launched on Epic, but a clarification issued to USgamer then explained that no plans to stop selling it on Steam had been revealed at that point. The free-to-play update also includes significant changes to the tournaments and challenge systems, though we'll have to wait until a later date to hear more about that. If you pick up Rocket League before the switch to free-to-play, you'll be granted Legacy status, which comes with various cosmetics like the golden cosmos boost and dieci-oro wheels. If you've purchased the game before now, you'll get the faded cosmos boost, too. The update will go live this summer, but we don't know exactly when. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League is going free-to-play later this year The best indie games on PC in 2020 Rocket League celebrating fifth anniversary with limited time modes and unlockables


Rocket League is going free-to-play later this year

After five years as a premium game, Rocket League is going free-to-play later this summer. The switch will happen as part of a more substantial Rocket League update that includes significant changes to the game's current tournaments and challenge systems. The update is happening alongside Rocket League launching on the Epic Games Store. Don't worry about losing anything if you make the jump to Epic, however, as the update will also introduce cross-platform progression for your item inventory, Rocket Pass progress, and competitive rank - so you can freely move between platforms. The Epic version of Rocket League will work the same as the other versions and will feature cross-platform play as such. After Rocket League makes the jump to free-to-play the multiplayer game will be fully supported for future updates and features across all platforms. That said, it will no longer be available to download on Steam. That means you can still play it on Steam and benefit from future content and updates, but new players won't be able to download it. So if you fancy playing Rocket League on Steam in the future, best download it now. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League will leave the Steam store once it's free-to-play on the Epic Game Store The best indie games on PC in 2020 Rocket League celebrating fifth anniversary with limited time modes and unlockables


Rocket League is going free-to-play

When Epic Games bought Psyonix in May 2019, there were rumblings of change in the Rocket League atmosphere. The publisher suggested the game would be removed from Steam in time, and it looks like that time is finally here. That's because Rocket League is getting its biggest update yet and going free-to-play later this summer. Psyonix made the announcement on the official Rocket League blog today, where it confirmed the game, which is currently celebrating five wonderful years, will be free for all and include cross-platform progression for item inventories, Rocket Pass progress, and Rocket League ranks, providing that players' accounts are linked to an Epic Games account. It also means that yes, Rocket League is finally moving over to the Epic Games Store on PC this summer. But don't worry, if you already own it on Steam, you'll still be able to play the game with full support for future updates. Newbies just won't be able to download it on Valve's platform anymore. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Guild Esports signs its first team, opts for Rocket League Three G2 Esports rosters agree contract renewals until 2022 Happy fifth birthday Rocket League - here's what you've achieved


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