A few weeks ago, Psyonix revealed that Rocket League will soon be going free-to-play across all platforms. That's a big enough change in itself, but it was also announced that the game would be adapted to support cross-platform progression, meaning you can start playing on one platform (like your Switch) and carry on where you left off on another (say, PC).
Now, the developer has gone into more detail on how this will all work, including how you'll need an Epic Games Account, what items will be accessible cross-platform, and how player-to-player trading will function. The first step will be to link your accounts on update day, as detailed below.
Rocket League’s cross-platform progression is made possible with an Epic Games Account. So, creating one or signing into your existing Epic Games Account is the first step of the process. You'll be prompted to do this when you start up Rocket League for the first time after the update. Once that's completed, there are a couple of different ways to connect your Rocket League platforms to your Epic Games Account and complete the process for cross-platform progression.
Once you're logged in, you will be asked to set a Primary Platform. Your Primary Platform will be your source of progression (Rocket Pass Progress, Competitive Rank, XP Level) for all of your connected platforms. In other words, be sure to choose the platform where you have the most progress in Rocket Pass, and your highest Competitive Rank. Credit and Esports Token balances will stay tied to each platform as they cannot be transferred to a new platform. Once your Primary Platform is selected, you will be able to play with your Competitive Rank, and Rocket Pass progress, and XP Level on all other connected platforms.
From here, you'll be able to link any platforms you play across on your account and designate any one of them as your Primary Platform. As an added incentive for going through the trouble, anyone who links up an Epic Games Account will receive the Chopper EG Wheels you can see in the image above.
As for what will and won't be shared across your various platforms, take a look-see below:
Shared Across Platforms
- All earned free drops (Common Items, Event Items)
- Season Rewards & Titles
- Rocket Pass Items
- Item Shop Purchases
- Blueprints and items built from blueprints
- All Rocket League-branded DLC included in the Legacy Pack
- Platform-Exclusive Items: e.g., Sweet Tooth, Hogsticker, Armadillo, Mario and Luigi NSR, and Samus' Gunship
- Ultimate Edition On-Disc DLC: Batman/DC Superheroes Pack
- Premium DLC Packs: licensed content that was previously available in the Showroom (e.g., Back To The Future, Jurassic World, DC Superheroes, Fast and the Furious, Ghostbusters, Knight Rider, etc.)
- Credits and Esports tokens balances
Finally, when it comes to trading, some items can be traded across platforms while others can not. Purchased items can only be traded on the platform they were purchased from, but other tradable items can be swapped regardless of which platform they were acquired on. Even so, you can only ever initiate trades with players logged on to the same platform as you.
We still don't have a solid date for when the game will be going free-to-play and adding these cross-platform changes, but it's still scheduled to take place this summer. We imagine it won't be long now.