It looks like Epic Games has made another power move and has bought one of the biggest studios out there. Psyonix announced that it’ll soon be “part of the Epic Games family.” If you didn’t know Pysonix is the studio behind and massively popular Rocket League. While Epic Games has mostly been making exclusive deals with studios to release their games first on the Epic Games store this could be a sign of a new approach by Epic in just buying these studios.
As you could have guessed this means that Rocket League will be coming to the Epic Games store, and yes as an exclusive. Sources tell The Verge that Rocket League will drop from Steam sometime in late 2019.
“In the short term, nothing will change at all! We’re still committed to providing Rocket League with frequent updates that have new features, new content, and new ways to play the game for as long as you’ll have us,” Psyonix said in the announcement.
“In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before. We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.”
While we should continue to see Epic snatch up exclusives and possibly more studios, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney did give Steam an ultimatum promising to stop the exclusives if Valve would match their commission rates.
“If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam,”
The deal between Epic and Pysonix will be finalized between May and June 2019.