Psyonix decided to get rid of Rocket League’s loot boxes
Psyonix revealed in August it planned to kill off Rocket League’s randomized loot crates. It’s now laid out how it will replace them: with a new type of drop called blueprints. After every match, you’ll have the chance to snag a blueprint, which explains upfront what item you’ll obtain if you buy it. You can pay for a blueprint (and item) immediately, or you can hang onto it in your inventory to purchase later. As with crates, painted, certified and special edition items will be available through blueprints. Psyonix also has a new item shop on its roadmap. It’ll feature older items that appeared in crates along with new ones.
“Like the Crate items that preceded them, Blueprints can drop with special attributes like Painted, Certified, and Special Editions,” Psyonix wrote in a blog post outlining the system. The idea is that players will know what they’re getting from Blueprints instead of “surprise mechanics” of loot boxes, which have been controversial. In May, United States senator Josh Hawley proposed new legislation that would ban pay-to-win mechanics and forbid companies from selling loot boxes to kids. Psyonix’s switch to Blueprints is one way to handle the controversy. Adding a loot box “X-ray scanner” to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in for French players is another way. If you want to know where to Buy Rocket League Items, 5mmo.com will be your best choice.
Also coming in December is a new Item Shop, where credits can be spent directly on a rotating selection of cars and car accessories, including “new items, legacy Crate content you might have missed out on, and the long-awaited debuts of items like the Titanium White Dominus.”
Items purchased in the Item Shop will not be tradeable. Psyonix will not say whether blueprints and credits will be tradeable at this time, which is what will determine whether the current marketplace can continue to exist. If I had to guess, I’d assume that blueprints will be tradeable, but credits will not. Again, there’s no confirmation on that at this time.
While the process is similar, the key difference is that you can see what’s on a blueprint, so you can decide if you want to buy it or not. To compensate for the fact that fewer people are going to be spending money this way, the game will also be introducing an item store, which will sell “a wide variety of content including new items, legacy Crate content you might have missed out on, and the long-awaited debuts of items like the Titanium White Dominus.”