Developer Psyonix will remove Crates, Rocket League’s form of paid loot boxes, by the end of this year.
Rocket League’s Crates contain a randomized cosmetic item that could be equipped to player’s cars. The rarity and potential contents of each crate are listed in-game, but it isn’t possible to choose the car or item type you wanted to earn. It’s also possible to receive cosmetic skins for DLC vehicles that you don’t currently own. Crates can be earned for free, but the keys to open them cost real money.
In a post on the Rocket League website, Psyonix stated that they will “remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance.” The other items currently available for direct purchase such as the Rocket Pass Premium or DLC cars will all remain available.
It’s a brief statement promising more information to come, but the developers have answered a few hanging questions in a Reddit post regarding the change. Namely what’s going to happen to the Crates and keys in players’ inventories.
“Crates will remain in your inventory until we roll out changes,” one Psyonix writes. “At that time, any Crates you still possess will be replaced with a usable alternative. We'll have more information on that in the coming months.”
“Keys will still be sold while the Crate system remains in-game,” another explains. “After the Crate system is removed, the value of any remaining keys in a player’s inventory will be honored.”
What these usable and value “honored” replacements will be remains to be seen, but at least it sounds like Psyonix has considered all options and won’t leave players hanging for their investments. The developers are keen to stress that they don’t want to ruin to item trading economy that has built up around Rocket League, and will be doing their best to replace the keys with something equally tradeable when the update arrives later this year.