Epic Games Acquires 'Rocket League' Studio

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The makers of 'Fortnite' will control ownership of the San Diego-based Psyonix later this month.

Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, will acquire Rocket League studio Psyonix, the companies revealed Wednesday. The deal is expected to close later this month.

Psyonix, located in San Diego, will continue to work on the popular sports-action hybrid hit. There are currently 132 employees at the company's Southern California headquarters.

Originally launched in 2015, Rocket League is a sports game where players compete against one another by piloting trucks on a giant soccer field with the aim of nudging a large ball into their opponent's goal. The game was developed on Epic's Unreal Engine 3. Rocket League boats over 57 million players worldwide.

Psyonix was founded in 2001 and has a long-standing relationship with Epic, having worked on the company's past series such as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament.

"Psyonix has always been a part of the Epic family, and we?re happy to make it official," said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. "We have great respect for how Psyonix has built an excellent team and an incredible community around Rocket League." 

The PC version of Rocket League will head to Epic's online storefront later this year, but will remain available for purchase on competitor Valve's Steam store until then. Once the title transitions to the Epic Games Store, it will continue to be supported on Steam for those who purchased it through that platform.