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 Crysis on your iPhone screen with services such as Nvidia’s Geforce Now, VR and platforms someone in their University bedroom is currently thinking up. Epic runs Unreal Engine so is a major middle-man when it comes to game creation but by doing this Epic will also control a game’s proliferation over all these different platforms. Why? Possibly to eventually charge for access to different platforms or to collect data on what games your playing either to sell you ads or to know what games are popular so they won’t make another Fortnite Save the World mode!

Rollout Schedule:

  • 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
1 Comment
  • WillGoad

    I’m actually quite interested in the Epic Store especially since we all already have it downloaded due to playing fortnite! That’s annoying but they have a free game every 2 weeks which is cool starting from today with Subnautica and then Super Meatboy Forever.
    Check it out here: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/

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