Epic has launched a roadmap for 2019, which incorporates the brand new options scheduled to seem on the Epic Games Store. The full roadmap may be considered on Trello, however Epic has issued the disclaimer that the brand new options listed and the instances they’re scheduled for are “subject to change.”
Exact timetables should not supplied for every function, with every one falling right into a class of one-three months, four-six months, or long-term (greater than six months). In the short-term, Epic is not implementing too many main options. The firm plans to revamp the Epic Games Store’s web site, and add search instruments that make the most of each style and tags. The Epic Game Store may even begin internet hosting video, present an “optimized delta solution” to assist builders scale back the scale of recreation patches, assist DLC add-ons, and streamline the sign-in course of to permit gamers to “get into their offline games faster.” The one main function throughout this window of time is cloud saves support–a long-requested addition from the Epic Games Store neighborhood.
You’ll see much more community-requested options added within the mid- to long-term. In four-six months, Epic plans on including person evaluations, want lists, extra cost strategies/currencies, participant time monitoring, and mod assist. The Epic Game Store can be scheduled to see enhancements to its newsfeed and comply with options, as effectively extra sorting and filtering strategies for its recreation library. In the long-term, the Epic Game Store will assist recreation achievements, direct service billing, and a purchasing cart. Epic additionally plans on overhauling the shop’s social options as effectively.
Epic has a couple of extra enhancements scheduled for its recreation retailer that do not have any deliberate date. These embody extra generalized PC recreation retailer options, comparable to automated refunds and gifting, and particular ones, like an Arabic translation for the shop and assist for video games that launched in Korea. Epic additionally plans to have the Epic Games Store be accessible on Android units.
Getting these options out the door is essential for the survival of the Epic Games Store, as a lot of them exist already on its primary competitor, Steam. The Epic Games Store has managed to draw an viewers by securing a number of main triple-A 2019 releases, comparable to Metro Exodus and The Division 2. However, PC players have come to anticipate most of the options listed above, and can most likely gravitate again to Steam if all of the Epic Games Store can ship is a couple of good exclusives.
The Epic Games Store additionally provides a free recreation each two weeks. Right now, you’ll be able to download the indie recreation Slime Rancher, which is often $20 USD on PC. Slime Rancher will probably be accessible till March 21, when will probably be changed by Oxenfree.