Epic makes Cross-Platform tools free.. So what’s the catch?
In Mid-2019 Epic will release the cross-platform tools they developed for Fortnite to the public for developers to use for free to use in their own games, developers will be “free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as you wish.”
With Epic’s recent move to make it’s store open to other games this seems like the perfect opportunity for Epic to take Discord’s place as the game distribution nice guy. Epic boasts their system has been “battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across 7 platforms”.
My main concern is that Indie Developers will spend time implementing this in their co-op games and realize it’s not utilized by players simply due to the game not having a big enough player base anyway, because with most games they become, first and then add Cross-play to keep their player-base around. However, it will certainly be useful for all developers.
On top of that, Is Cross-play really that big a deal anymore with more and more games utilizing it, it has almost become a standard for bigger games- perhaps if Epic announced this in 2003 it would have been more popular!
Why apart from PR is Epic doing this? Epic sees a future of streaming C
- Q2/Q3 2019 Basic Cross-platform system including friends and a login system.
- Q2 2019 Cross-Platform Cloud Saves
- Q3 2019 Cross-Platform Achievements and Trophies
- Q3 2019 Cross-Platform PC/MAC Overlay API, the annoying thing that pops up on your screen while you’re enjoying a game.
- Q3 2019 Cross-Platform Voice Comms, makes voice chat slightly easier than using 3rd party software such as discord/skype.
- Q3/Q4 2019 Cross-Platforms Parties & Match-Making