Psyonix will be removing all paid randomised Crates from Rocket League later this year, opting instead for a system where players will know what they are buying in advance of purchase.
Crates were first introduced to Rocket League back in 2016. They are awarded for completing online matches and contain a single random cosmetic item — these include vehicle bodies, rocket boosts, liveries, trails, goal explosions and wheels. However, to get one of these items, players must purchase a Key to unlock the Crate.
Now, Psyonix is ditching this model entirely. As announced on the Rocket League website, Psyonix will be removing these loot boxes in favour of a similar system to Fortnite Save the World's X-Ray Llamas:
Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole, we are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world. In pursuit of that goal, later this year we will remove all paid, randomised Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance. This is similar to changes implemented earlier this year by the Fortnite Save the World team.X-Ray Llamas allows players to see what is in the loot box before purchasing — allowing for a more transparent transaction.
Psyonix notes there will be no changes to its Rocket Pass Premium, DLC Cars and Esports Shop items as they will still be offered for direct purchase alongside the new system.
Last year, Belgium and the Netherlands ruled that loot boxes violated the countries' gambling laws, and forced publishers to remove the monetisation method from their games. Notable titles such as FIFA 19, PES 2019 and Overwatch all saw their Loot Boxes removed from sale. Rocket League followed suit and also disabled the locked Crates in the two countries, but clearly have decided that it'd be better to revamp the system globally.
There is no specific date for when Crates will be removed in favour of the new system, but we will let you know as soon as we find out.
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