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Epic Games Acquires Rocket League Developer Psyonix

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Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, have been making waves in the gaming industry by snatching up deals to release new and upcoming PC games exclusively on their Epic Games Store. With the latest news that Epic has acquired Psyonix, those deals are now extending into acquiring entire game developers.

If you’re worried that the same exclusivity fate will befall Rocket League, Epic and Psyonix are quick to address those concerns. “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.” Epic plans on bringing Rocket League to the Epic Games Store later this year.

In a later update the official statement added: “We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support.”

“Psyonix has always been a part of the Epic family, and we’re happy to make it official,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games. “We have great respect for how Psyonix has built an excellent team and an incredible community around Rocket League.”

Though Rocket League has never come close to Fortnite’s meteoric rise in popularity, it remains a cherished online competitive sports-car hybrid game, and has been one of the biggest champions of cross-platform play.

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Cross-Platform Support Now Available for PS4 in Rocket League

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In an update this week Psyonix has officially announced a highly requested feature for multiplayer sports-car game Rocket League: Cross-platform support for PlayStation players. The PlayStation Cross-Play Beta is live now for Rocket League. Players on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch can matchmake and play with each other, regardless of platform.

Rocket League had previously supported cross-platform play between Xbox, Switch, and PC. Sony was notoriously the last holdout, refusing to support cross-platform play even while other companies, like Microsoft and Nintendo, played nice. Leave it to the incredible popularity of Fortnite to finally change Sony’s stance last fall, as they started the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program.

The Cross-Play Beta is enabled by default in Rocket League. To double check, head to the Options section of the main game menu to ensure that Cross-Platform Play is checked off.

Cross-platform play is supported in both random matchmaking and private matches. Psyonix is planning on releasing a cross-platform party system as their first update of 2019. The party system will allow for players to team up with friends across any platform.

“Today’s announcement is an important one for us here at Psyonix, because we know how much our community has wanted full cross-platform support for quite some time,” states the announcement post. “It’s because of you, our fans, and our generous partners on all systems and services that have made this possible in the first place. On behalf of the entire team, thank you for your passion and persistence as we continue to do our best to make Rocket League the best experience we can.”

Rocket League is available on PC (Win, Mac, Linux), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It originally launched in 2015 and remains a popular multiplayer sports game, replacing traditional soccer players with customizable cars. It’s rated E for Everyone.

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Microsoft Announces Four New Xbox One S Bundles

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This week Microsoft has announced four new 500GB Xbox One S Bundles. The four bundles provide different gaming options that are included in the box (as download codes). All four bundles are priced at $279.99 MSRP.

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle 

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Explorers Pack
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1: The Complete Adventure
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Rocket League
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle (Available exclusively at Walmart)

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • 14 days of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 3 months of Xbox Game Pass

An Xbox Live Gold subscription is required to play Xbox games online. Note that the Halo Bundle only comes with a 14-day trial. Xbox Live Gold normally costs between $4.99 and $9.99 per month depending on your subscription. Like PlayStation Plus, being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber also provides monthly free and discounted games.

The Xbox Game Pass is a separate Netflix-like subscription service that provides access to over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. New titles are added each month, though it typically doesn’t include brand new games. The Xbox Game Pass is normally $9.99/month. You’ll still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play any games online.

If you’re looking for a beefier Xbox One S bundle, there’s a recently released 1TB Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundle, and a 1TB Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins Bonus Bundle launching October 27. Meanwhile, the new Xbox One X is launching November 7.