Epic Games acquires Rocket League studio Psyonix
Surprisingly, publisher Epic Games announced that it is acquiring Psyonix. The San Diego-based developer is best known for creating the popular multiplayer Rocket League.
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed and are expected to be completed by the end of the month or early June. Psyonix has been around since 2001 and has developed some of its own games on various platforms – but among the 57 million players, the Rocket League is by far the biggest. The studio has a long history with Epic, helping the company develop war machines and Unreal Tournament games. Psyonix currently has 132 employees.
As part of the acquisition, the two companies also announced that the PC version of the Rockets Alliance will leave Steam and enter the Epic Games store by the end of 2019. In a press release, they said the game could still be purchased at Valve until the day. After the move, Psyonix will continue to support the Steam version for all existing customers.
After liaising with Epic to clarify this process, one representative said that the owner of the Rocket League (including its DLC) on Steam would be able to access the game “always”. GamesBeat also asked if the Rocket League owner could buy DLC on Steam after the game entered the Epic Games Store. “The long-term plan is still in progress and will be released in the future.”
In a new blog post, Psyonix promises that, in addition to moving to the Epic Games Store, this will not affect any future Rocket League programs.
“We are still committed to providing frequent updates to the Rockets Alliance, these updates have new features, new content and new ways to play games, as long as you have us,” the post wrote. “In the long run, we want to bring the Rockets Alliance to the Epic Games store and use our new relationship to develop games in ways we have not been able to do before. We believe that the new audience that will bring the Rocket League to more support is every Personal victory.”
“Psyonix has always been a member of the Epic family and we are happy to make it public. We respect how Psyonix builds a great team and an incredible community in the Rockets Alliance,” founder and CEO of Epic Games. Tim Sweeney said in a statement.