The services include seven different platforms.
Epic Games announced today that it will offer platform game services originally built for Fortnite to all developers for free.
Advertised on the Unreal Engine website, these services have been "tested" "With 200,000,000 players across seven platforms: PC, Mac, IOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. for all developers, open to all engines, platforms and stores, and developers can "choose mix and match solutions from Epic and others" as desired.
The launch will begin with Unreal Engine and Unity integrations and will start with a core set of features that will grow in 201
Cross-platform, friends, presence, profile, and rights login across the Q2-Q3 2019 to PC and other platforms throughout the year. This will provide core functionality for continuously recognizing players across multiple sessions and devices, identifying friends, and managing free and paid item rights. "
Voice communication is scheduled to come to all platforms in Q3 2019 when Epic builds a voice communications service in the game that supports "all platforms, all stores and all engines."
Cross platform parties and matchmaking come between Q3 and Q4 2019 to all tforms, data storage and cloud-stored games will be in Q2 2019, and achievements and trophies across the platform will be in Q3 2019.
These services are likely to be highly integrated in the recently launched Epic Games Store. The store, which may be the first real threat to Steam, was launched earlier this month and includes a 88% revenue share with developers using it.
During the Video Game Awards in 2018, Epic announced that Hades from Supergiant Games was exclusive on the Epic Games Store, along with Asap from Annapurna.
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