The developer of the massive hit eSports title Rocket League announced today that it was joining the Epic Games family in a cryptic Tweet.
— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) May 1, 2019
While the original tweet did explain exactly what this means for Psyonix, whether it was the developer being purchased by Epic Games, or if they were merely moving the Rocket League title over to Epic Games online store, The Epic Games Store. Psyonix did include a link that explains a little more, if not still very cryptically.
The important part that implies that Psyonix was purchased by Epic Games is at the bottom of the article:
NOTE: This transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions. Epic and Psyonix currently expect to close the acquisition near the end of May to early June 2019.
With this announcement, there has been a lot of backlash towards both Pysonix and Epic Games on Twitter, with the most telling tweet being merely one word.
— AxB (@AxB_RL) May 1, 2019
give me my money back then 🙂
— blaire (@blaireencryptid) May 1, 2019
That’s really disappointing. I’m skipping any future content/titles Psyonix releases :/
— elk g | samoe (@ElkGSamoe) May 1, 2019
There are many, many more similar tweets in response to the original tweet above. While the response has been pretty negative, there have been some positive reactions as well along with a few people just wondering what is going on.
Exciting. The extra power and resources will make the game spread faster and grow and improve faster as well
— Abash192 (@abash192) May 1, 2019
I am not personally a player of Rocket League so I cannot comment on how this might affect the game myself, However, I can understand both sides of the argument on why this would be a bad thing and why this could be a good thing. On the one hand, Rocket Games has an established user base, specifically on Steam, and the acquisition by Epic Games and a move to the Epic Games Store could destabilize that userbase. On the other hand, Epic Games has a lot more resources behind it than Psyonix does on its own.
The upcoming weeks and months will be interesting for Rocket League players, let us know what you think in the comments below or over on Twitter at @JoyConGamers.