As we’ve previously covered, Rocket League is going free to play in the near future. Developer Psyonix has still not pinned down an exact date for the switch, but it has released some additional details today. Most noteworthy among them is that the free-to-play version of Rocket League will not require Nintendo Switch Online to play online on Nintendo Switch, nor will it require PS Plus to play online on PlayStation 4. The game will be genuinely free to play.
It’s noteworthy that Xbox One isn’t mentioned at all, implying Xbox Live Gold will be required to play Rocket League online on that platform. That’s unfortunate — but also of no consequence to us!
In any case, it’s actually pretty standard for a free-to-play online game to forgo the need for Nintendo Switch Online. For example, Fortnite, Warframe, and Paladins are all accessible without Nintendo Switch Online. One big pseudo-exception is of course Tetris 99, which might be viewed as the unlikely flagship of the Switch Online experience.
Outside of online details, Psyonix shared more about the coming free-to-play Rocket League. For instance, Heatseeker will be playable in private matches, Merc is getting a unique new hitbox, and more “Quick Chats” are coming. Check out the post for the nitty-gritty details.