Starting soon, Grand Champion will no longer be the highest competitive rank in Rocket League. When the free-to-play update (opens in new tab) hits, Grand Champ will be split into three tiers like the other ranks, and a new top rank will be added: Supersonic Legend.
In retrospect, I should've known this was coming, because after I bragged about hitting champ in April, Psyonix co-studio head Corey Davis replied on Twitter (opens in new tab): "Time to add more ranks." I didn't know he was actually going to do it, the devil.
Here's the new rank chart:
And here are some other changes coming with the free-to-play update:
- Competitive seasons, Rocket Passes, and the revamped tournaments (opens in new tab) will now follow the same schedule.
- A tutorial is being added for new players.
- The Rocket ID Friends list will be called the "Epic Friends" list.
- The Merc is getting a unique hitbox, which brings the total number of hitboxes (opens in new tab) to six.
- The Solo Standard Playlist is being removed. (I ignored this playlist but I suspect some might be sad to see it go.)
Psyonix still hasn't announced an exact date for the free-to-play update, but says it should arrive sometime in the middle of this month, so within the next three weeks or so.
When the update hits, all of these changes will take effect and new PC players will be able to pick up Rocket League for free on the Epic Store. It will no longer be available to new players on Steam, but existing PC players will be able to keep using the Steam version, and it'll keep getting updates.
Today's blog post (opens in new tab)includes more details on seasons and ranks, and how the free-to-play transition will go. If you missed the original news that it's going free-to-play, you can find the details here (opens in new tab). For current players, the gist is that you're going to get some free in-game stuff as a thank you for buying it,.