Industry giant Epic Games (Fortnite, Gears of War, Unreal Engine) is acquiring Rocket League developer Psyonix in a deal expected to close by early June according to Psyonix’s own Rocketleague.com. Both companies announced this abrupt, massive move shortly before 4PM earlier today via Twitter. Psyonix put together a quick FAQ that compliments their announcement in which they assure Rocket League players and fans that “in the short term, nothing will change at all!” The developer believes the new resources and reach that’ll accompany this change will allow them to achieve things with Rocket League previously impossible. Psyonix tells us, “We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.”
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be how many people are feeling about it. One scroll through Rocket League’s twitter feed and you’ll find an abundance of differing opinions:
Now, I love Psyonix and Rocket League and though I’m not a super-fan of Fortnite, I have immense respect for Epic Games and how they changed the landscape of the industry. I do, however, fear incredibly successful digital entertainment companies buying a bunch of smaller ones and destroying them with overbearing uniformity and micromanagement (I’ll refrain from dropping names but I doubt that matters much). But I think Epic Games can avoid the failures of other larger companies as they’ve seen the bad play out extensively in the past few years and as such, I’m apprehensively optimistic for this acquisition and the future of Rocket League.