Psyonix is soon ending its support for Mac and Linux for Rocket League. In a brief announcement post, they claimed it is no longer viable to support the systems as they upgrade Rocket League to new technologies. A final patch will come in March, which will disable all online functionality. Mac and Linux players will still be able to start up the game to play local and split-screen game modes but will be barred from other online features entirely.
No more online Rocket League for Mac and Linux
Strangely, Psyonix names “in-game purchases” as the prime example of online functionality being disabled and neglects to mention that online matchmaking — the reason why one would purchase the game — will also no longer be available. Only on their support page linked within the announcement is it clarified that actual online gameplay will not be available for Mac and Linux players anymore either.
Many players quickly jumped to the conclusion that Epic Games, who acquired the studio recently, is the culprit, despite the Epic Games Store supporting MacOS. The question remains why Linux support was dropped, and at this, one can only guess. Either way, it’s not a good look for Psyonix to simply abandon a portion of their player base, however small it might be.
Mac and Linux Rocket League fans who purchased the game on Steam will still be able to play the game on a Windows machine without having to buy a new copy of the game, of course, but the question is whether they’ll have the system for it. Psyonix recommends Mac and Linux players who still wish to play Rocket League consult their support page, which also has direct links on how to set up some alternatives, such as Apple’s Boot Camp and Steam’s Proton app, in order to keep playing the game, albeit in ways that are not officially supported by Psyonix.