It may not be the best time to announce that unlockable crates are being added to Rocket League, considering the controversies surrounding Counter-Strike: GO’s crates and skins, but Psyonix has confirmed that they will come in a future update.
The developer confirmed its plans on Reddit in response to a Redditor finding crate and key assets in the game’s files. “Those assets are, indeed, early pieces of an upcoming system we plan on implementing to fund our esports prize pools and events,” Psyonix VP Jeremy Dunham wrote.
“We plan on officially announcing it next month at (or near) the RLCS Live Finals since it directly relates to that event and other events like it, but since this image came out before our official word, we wanted to clarify some things for you.”
Psyonix plans to avoid the issue of gambling skins and items, which hit the headlines of late, and so there will not be Steam Marketplace integration with crates. Dunham wrote, “We are definitely aware of the problems related to third-party gambling in other games and we are not interested in taking that approach.”
The crates will contain cosmetic items only, and players who are completely uninterested in the system can hide it entirely with a single checkbox.
Dunham added, “We also want to reassure you guys that we are sticking with our approach to keep introducing free new Arenas, Modes, and Items, along with the occasional paid DLC just like we always have.”
Given that the RLCS finals will be held on August 6-7, we are likely to hear more about this crate system in the near future.