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Rocket League going Free-to-Play, leaving Steam for Epic this Summer

Writing up the news that Rocket League is leaving Steam is not something I expected to do for at least… 3-5 more years? At least for now the game isn’t shutting down outright, it just won’t be available to new players on Steam starting later this summer. That’s because Rocket League is going free-to-play while simultaneously launching on the Epic Games Store.

Similar to the year-long Epic exclusivity we saw with Metro Exodus, Rocket League on Steam will continue to be playable and will continue to be updated even while it remains inaccessible to new players. It’s another awkward Epic Games Store situation and seemingly not the last. Psyonix hasn’t announced the exact date yet but they did offer a few more details in their news post earlier today:

After nearly five years, millions of players, and billions of soccar matches played, it’s time to talk about the next chapter of Rocket League. The game wouldn’t be where it is today without our dedicated and amazing community. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re gearing up to make that community even bigger. Beginning later this summer, Rocket League is going free to play!

What does this mean for the Rocket League gameplay you know and love? The core gameplay will remain the same, but we are refining the main menus to make exploring the game easier. Plus, we’re revamping and improving major features like Tournaments and Challenges, and introducing cross-platform progression! Rocket League action on the field will still be the same core, high-octane hybrid of sports and action you love today, and soon, even more players will share that love. That begins with Rocket League’s release on its newest platform: the Epic Games Store.

Rocket League will release on the Epic Games Store on PC the same time it goes free to play. This version of the game will be identical to the version found on other platforms, and will feature cross-platform play anywhere you play Rocket League, including between the Epic Games Store and Steam.

Once Rocket League goes free to play, anyone who already owns Rocket League on any platform (including Steam) will be able to play and enjoy the game with full support for future updates and features. However, the Steam version will no longer be available to download for new players. To put it simply, wherever you play now (including Steam), you’ll still be able to play in the future.

That post contains more info about cross-platform play, inventory ownership, and bonuses for “Legacy” players if you’re interested but for us the major news is the upcoming delisting. Once there’s an official date we’ll add it to the calendar.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season begins again on January 15th, full game now exclusive to Epic on PC

When we last got an update on the fate of The Walking Dead: The Final Season back in November, it was simply confirmation that series creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment would bring the final two episodes to release… sometime. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes work “logistically and legally to get us to a place where we’re able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work,” Skybound wrote in the November update, but now that work is about to bear fruit.

In a post back on December 20th (that I missed until commentor Taven Matthews pointed it out), Skybound announced that Episode 3 of the 4-part final season would debut on January 15th. The season pass bundles have since returned to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, and anyone who bought the game through Steam or the Humble Bundle store will still receive the last two episodes there, but there’s an epic twist for the series’ future availability on PC.

Another part of the announcement was the reveal that Skybound had partnered with Epic Games to make the Epic Games Store the new home for The Walking Dead: The Final Season on PC. Hopefully this means the previous seasons of the game will also return to PC as right now they’re still delisted on Steam. Fortunately, all of Telltale’s The Walking Dead titles remain on sale on consoles.

Like many fans of the series, I’m a little bent out of shape by the Epic Games twist but I’m happy that the series gets to have its proper final season, or as proper as possible given its tumultuous history. I’ll have the game’s page on the site updated soon to reflect this news.

Epic Games announces the end for Paragon, offers full refunds

Epic Games announced on January 25th, 2018 that they would be shutting down Paragon, their free-to-play MOBA title for PC and PlayStation 4, on April 26th. In consolation, Epic will also be offering full refunds for any purchase in the game, made by any player, on any platform. The game’s website has been replaced with the official statement which follows:

Hey Everyone,

It’s with heavy hearts we’ve decided to close down Paragon.

We truly appreciate everything you’ve put into Paragon. We received many passionate ideas for where to take the game; the outpouring of thoughtful suggestions is another testament to this incredible community.

After careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.

We didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon. We have failed you — despite the team’s incredibly hard work — and we’re sorry.

To try to make this right, Epic is offering a full refund to every Paragon player for every purchase on any platform. This refund will come directly from Epic rather than your platform provider.

To request your refund, follow these steps:

If you’re not playing on PC, link your Epic account (create one if necessary).
If you play on PC, or have already linked your Epic account, you can request your refund here.
We’ll continue operating Paragon servers until April 26, 2018. As the player population continues to  decrease, matchmaking times and quality will further degrade.

Thank you for joining us on this journey and for your dedication to Paragon.

The game’s PlayStation Store page has not yet been updated to reflect the decision but all add-on purchases have been removed. All that remains alongside the game are a handful of free downloadable videos, avatar icons, and themes. As of this post it is currently available to download for free by anyone interested in the waning months of the game’s existence.

Paragon originally launched in Early Access/Beta form in 2016 with the goal of developing the game based on input from an active playerbase. It’s one reason why the messaging about the game’s demise rings of disappointment and why Epic is offering such all-encompassing refunds on purchases. They also have a much bigger thing going with Fortnite and its surprisingly popular Battle Royale expansion.

The date has been added to the Watch List calendar and I’ll have a page up soon with the full details.