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The Free To Play update was released on September 23, 2020. It was announced in July of 2020.[citation needed] Information about the Free To Play update was leaked often, showing that the update would contain a major revamp of many of the game's functions, such as tournaments and challenges. It has also been shown that Free-To-Play will restart the Seasons. Each season will contain its own Rocket Pass, Competitive Season, and Competitive Tournaments. It was announced on the September 17 that Rocket League will go Free To Play on the 23rd of September.[citation needed] It was said by Rocket League on Twitter that a patch would be released, with the Free To Play update coming shortly after.[citation needed]

The Headlines

  • Rocket League is now available for download through the Epic Games Store
  • The new Challenges system is live, including challenges specifically for new players
  • PlayStation Plus is no longer required to play Rocket League online
  • Season One is now live on all platforms

Season One

Rocket Pass

  • Season One’s Rocket Pass is live, featuring the new Harbinger Car Body.

Competitive (Began on 9/22/2020)

  • Rank Additions: We are introducing three new Competitive Ranks at the top of the spectrum to add more distinction between the best of the best Rocket League players:
    • Grand Champion II & III will sit above the existing Grand Champion Rank and provide additional separation between players in the Grand Champion echelon
    • We’ve also changed the Grand Champion Rank color to Red to better distinguish it from Champion
    • Players who exceed even these two new levels of Grand Champion will reach the Rank of Supersonic Legend
    • Featuring a new white icon, this Rank is tuned to be very exclusive based on historical ranking data. We’ll be keeping an eye on the thresholds for these new Ranks in each playlist throughout the season to ensure they’re difficult, but not impossible, to obtain
  • Seasonal Resets: We’re changing how we do seasonal “soft resets” of the Competitive skill curve. Going forward, we will compress the entire skill curve towards the median Rank (Gold III)
    • Players above this Rank will move down an average of one tier, while players below the median will move up an average of one tier
    • On the top end, we will hard cap players at around Grand Champion I rank going into the new season.
    • As part of this change, we’re recalibrating the Skill Tier requirements for multiple playlists, including 1v1 Duel and all Extra Modes.
  • Level Restriction: Players must be at least Level 10 before they are permitted to play in Competitive Playlists
    • Accounts created before our transition to free to play are exempt from this rule
  • Solo Standard: We have heard from the community, and we discontinued the Solo Standard playlist in the last update. We want Rocket League’s move to free to play to be a fresh start with a single, unified 3v3 Competitive playlist for all players
    • For the diehard fans of Solo Standard, we have updated our matchmaking system to more consistently place solos against solos, and parties against parties

Tournaments

  • The new Tournaments system is fully live on all platforms and across all supported regions
  • Reminder: Players must complete placement matches in one or more Competitive Playlist to participate in Competitive Tournaments
    • No Season One Rank yet? We will use your highest Rank from Season 14 to place you into Tournaments until you complete your Season One placement matches

Challenges

  • Challenges have been improved and expanded to provide more opportunities for all types of players. Challenges now come in three varieties:
    • Weekly Challenges that must be completed the week they’re active
    • Season Challenges that can be completed any time before the season ends
      • Challenges will be unlocked in stages as the season progresses. Stage 1 Challenges are available with today's update
    • Event Challenges that become available during special events and offer limited time rewards
  • We also have New Driver Challenges specifically designed for players new to Rocket League. These will be visible to all new players in the Challenges Menu and Widget
    • If you played Rocket League before the transition to free to play, you won’t see these Challenges
  • You’ll receive three Weekly Challenges every week, and a set of Free Season Challenges
  • Rocket Pass owners get access to an additional three Weekly Challenges along with Premium Season Challenges
  • A new Challenges Widget has been added to the Main Menu that showcases your Weekly Challenge status. You can browse all active Challenges from the new Challenges Menu. You can also access the full Challenges Menu from inside the Widget

Competitive Season 14 Rewards

  • Rewards were released on 9/22/2020
  • Competitive Season 14 has ended. Titles and Reward Items will be awarded for your highest Rank achieved during the season, and successful completion of the appropriate Season Reward Levels.
  • Season 14 Rewards are custom, non-tradeable Player Banners
    • Bronze I or higher – Season 14 Bronze Player Banner and Avatar Border
    • Silver I or higher – Season 14 Silver Player Banner and Avatar Border + lower Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Gold I or higher – Season 14 Gold Player Banner and Avatar Border + lower Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Platinum I or higher – Season 14 Platinum Player Banner and Avatar Border + lower Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Diamond I or higher – Season 14 Diamond Player Banner and Avatar Border + lower Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Champion I or higher – Season 14 Champion Player Banner and Avatar Border + lower Player Banners and Avatar Borders
  • Grand Champion Rewards
    • Competitive Grand Champion – ‘Season 14 – Grand Champion’ In-Game Title + Grand Champion Player Banners and Avatar Borders + all Season 14 Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Rumble Grand Champion – ‘Season 14 – RNG Champ’ In-Game Title + Grand Champion Player Banners and Avatar Borders + all Season 14 Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Dropshot Grand Champion – ‘Season 14 – Floor Destroyer’ In-Game Title + Grand Champion Player Banners and Avatar Borders + all Season 14 Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Hoops Grand Champion – ‘Season 14 – Dunk Master’ In-Game Title + Grand Champion Player Banners and Avatar Borders + all Season 14 Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Snow Day Grand Champion – ‘Season 14 – Blizzard Wizard’ In-Game Title + Grand Champion Player Banners and Avatar Borders + all Season 14 Player Banners and Avatar Borders
    • Note: Grand Champion In-Game Titles for Extra Modes are earned by achieving Grand Champion Rank in each individual Extra Mode

New Content

Monstercat Flags (Antenna)

  • ‘Bad Computer’
  • ‘Koven’
  • ‘Duumu’
  • ‘Muzzy’
  • ‘Bossfight’
  • ‘Danyka Nadeau’
  • ‘Nick Smith’
  • ‘Conro’
  • ‘FOOL’
  • ‘Glacier’
  • ‘Dexter King’

Changes and Updates

Drops

  • You can now receive Drops of different qualities when completing Challenges or earning Rocket Pass tiers. These rewards contain one random item from a wide pool of content that includes:
    • Uncommon and higher free drops from before Free to Play (formerly acquired as random, post-game items)
    • Items from every crate released before the Vindicator Crate
    • Items formerly obtained in Rocket League DLC packs, like Scarab or the Mohawk Topper, at new qualities (e.g. Scarab is “Very Rare”)
  • These items can be Traded In just like the old “free series” could be, and all existing free drops will be compatible with these items for future trade ins

Achievements

  • As we move Rocket League to free to play, the following achievements/trophies have been modified:
    • ‘Grease Monkey’
    • ‘SARPBC Forever’
    • ‘Traveler’
    • ‘Tinkerer’
    • ‘An Inch and 6.2 Miles’
    • ‘Ride or Die’
    • ‘Don't Look Back’
    • ‘Family, Not Friends’
    • ‘Drift King’
    • ‘Survival of the Fittest’
    • ‘Heartbreaker’
    • ‘Natural Progression’
    • ‘Hot Shot, Part Two’
    • ‘Throwback’
    • ‘My World is Fire’
    • ‘Spectacular’
    • ‘Savage’
    • ‘Ruthless’
    • ‘Psycho-Master Exploder’
    • ‘Infinite Power!’
    • ‘Stopped Cold’
    • ‘Get Up, Mr. Bubbles!’
    • ‘Metaverse’
    • ‘Battle-Car Collector’ has been renamed ‘Car Collector’
    • ‘Rocket Genocider’ has been renamed ‘Rocket Repleter’

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F.A.Q.[1]

Do I keep all of my items from playing Rocket League before?
Yes! Your current Rocket League inventory will carry over to free to play.
Where can I play Rocket League?
Rocket League is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. When the free to play version goes live, Rocket League will also release and be available on the Epic Games Store, and will no longer be available to new players on Steam.
Will I be able to play with other platforms if I play Rocket League on the Epic Games Store?
Yes! Rocket League on the Epic Games Store will have full cross-platform support, so you'll be able to play with anyone who plays Rocket League!
Can I still play Rocket League on Steam once it launches on the Epic Games Store?
Yes! Rocket League will still be updated for players who already own the game on Steam.
Can I still download Rocket League on Steam once it launches on the Epic Games Store?
No. Rocket League will no longer be available for download for new users on Steam once it goes free to play and launches on the Epic Games Store. But, the Steam version will still be fully supported for those who already have it.
Do I get anything if I’ve already been playing Rocket League?
Anyone who has played Rocket League online between its release and July 21 will receive the Faded Cosmos Boost and Legacy status, which grants new items including a Golden Cosmos Boost, Dieci-Oro Wheels, Huntress Player Banner, Est. 20XX Title, as well as all past Rocket League-branded DLCs if you don't already own them, and 200+ "Common" items will be upgraded to "Legacy" quality. Items will be granted at the launch of free to play.
What if I buy and play Rocket League between now and when it goes free to play? Do I get anything?
Anyone who plays Rocket League online after the announcement on July 21 and before the launch of free to play will receive Legacy status, which grants new items including a Golden Cosmos Boost, Dieci-Oro Wheels, Huntress Player Banner, the Est. 2020 Title, all past Rocket League-branded DLCs, and 200+ "Common" items will be upgraded to "Legacy" quality. Items will be granted at the launch of free to play.
What are the past Rocket League-branded DLCs?
Rocket League-branded DLC cars:
  • Vulcan
  • Triton
  • Proteus
  • Masamune
  • Marauder
  • Esper
  • Aftershock

Rocket League-branded DLC Packs:

Supersonic Fury:
Dominus, Takumi, 6 Decals for both Dominus and Takumi, Brushed Metal Paint, Carbon Fiber Paint, Metallic Pearl Paint, Pearlescent Paint, Wood Paint, Burnout Boost, Nitrous Boost, Cristiano Wheels, Spinner Wheels

Revenge of the Battle-Cars:
Scarab, Zippy, 6 Decals for both Scarab and Zippy, Toon Glossy Paint, Toon Matte Paint, Toon Wood Paint, Scarab Wheels, Zippy Wheels, Accelerato Boost, Battle-Stars Boost, Cavalier Topper, Locomotive Topper, Pixelated Shades Topper, Shark Fin Topper, Retro Balls Antenna, SARPBC Antenna

Chaos Run:
Ripper, Grog, 6 Decals for both Ripper and Grog, Camo Paint, Sun-Damages Paint, Ripper Wheels, Grog Wheels, Sandstorm Boost, Nuts and Bolts Boost, Boombox Topper, Cow Skull Topper, Mohawk Topper, Bomb Pole Antenna, Radioactive Antenna, Retro Ball Antenna

(NOTE: DLC Packs were added to the base version of Rocket League in December 2019)

Will I receive all of the upgraded Common Items if I haven’t unlocked everything yet?
Yes, if you have not unlocked all of the 200+ Common Items included in Legacy status, your account will be granted them at free to play launch.
If I buy a physical copy of Rocket League before free to play, will I receive the exclusive items?
Yes, but you will have to use the disc to play Rocket League online prior to the launch of free to play to receive the items.
Will my inventory transfer to the Epic Games Store?
If you link your platform of choice to your Epic Games Account, you will be able to play with your inventory and progress on the Epic Games Store version of Rocket League. More details on account linking will be shared in the future.
Will there still be free items in Rocket League?
Yes, you'll still be able to unlock items for free.
Is Rocket League going to add features or have new content with free to play?
Yes, and we will have more information to share in the coming months on new content.

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References

  1. Free To Play FAQ on Rocket League - Official Site
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