It’s a big day with plenty of good news for the fans of the jellybean battle royale video game Fall Guys. The game’s developer, Mediatonic, announced that the hit game is going free-to-play, landing on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles next month, starting its seasonal calendar from scratch again. However, that’s not the only good news Mediatonic delivered to their fans; there’s also a deal offering on the horizon. You can see the trailer below:
As reported by Kotaku, the big update was actually a live-stream showcase of what’s coming to the knockout fest, scheduled to launch on June 21, a little over a month from now. The showcase started by saying the Fall Guys is going fully free-to-play after spending less than two years on Steam, requiring a one-time upfront payment. This is somewhat unfair for all players who have previously bought the game with real money. Luckily, Mediatonic acknowledged this as an issue and is ready to offer a Legacy Pack to those who bought the game, containing a bunch of cosmetics and a free Season Pass for the game’s first season.
This obstacle-dodging video game is also coming to new platforms, with the long-awaited versions for Nintendo Switch and Xbox debuting on June 21, alongside the upgraded version of Fall Guys for PlayStation 5. The latter will include all the perks that PlayStation 5’s powerhouse hardware has to offer, including faster load times and other performance upgrades. In addition to all the upgrades and offerings, the game will enable a full cross-platform play with cross-platform progression on all supported platforms.
Lastly, a bit of disappointing news —Fall Guys are leaving Valve’s digital storefront and moving over to Epic Games Store. However, there’s a small catch. While new players won’t be able to download and play Free Guys on Steam, both Valve and Mediatonic will enable previous owners to access and update the game through Steam, which admittedly makes things a lot easier. Considering that Bethesda is moving their titles to Steam, we’d say that the Steam’s gaming community won-some-lost-some with the arrival of Bethesda and the departure of Fall Guys.
This sounds very familiar to the way Rocker League moved to Epic, and with Mediatonic under Epic’s wing now, the entire ordeal makes much more sense. In fact, Fall Guys is following the very same trajectory Psyonix’s car soccer game took when it moved to Epic Games Store. The game launched for free on PS4 through PS Plus in 2015 and arrived on Xbox and Switch in the following year. When Epic Games acquired the studio, Rocket League underwent a Fortnite-ification treatment.
The effects of going free-to-play saw a massive resurgence of Rocket League players and even saw a massive spike in concurrent player count (it doubled) on Steam, despite the game being pulled off sale on that platform. It’s safe to assume that Epic is now pulling a similar stunt with Fall Guys, announcing new levels, costumes, and challenges, on top of a free-to-play model glazed with a shiny layer of microtransactions that would keep the game afloat.