Part of the huge success of Fortnite has been the ability to hundreds of millions of players to join each other on myriad computer, mobile and console platforms. Now Epic puts out a roadmap to share the cross-platform architecture with other developers as part of a free SDK that will be rolled out next year.
Epic says that the recently announced Online Services SDK will offer "cross-platform login, friends, presence, profile, and rights" across PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch "to the fullest extent that Each platform allows per title. "The service is scheduled for launch on PC once in the second or third quarter of 201
A road map announced today released the following schedule of features to be added to the free SDK:
- Q2 2019: Computer Software Cross-Platform and Sky-Stored Games
- Q3 2019: Transformers Performance and Trophies; voice communication; PC / Mac overlay
- Q3 / Q4 2019: Platform and matchmaking
Additional support for "user-generated content, enhanced social features, anti-cheat and more" is also planned after the above-mentioned "first steps" Said Epic.
The C-based SDK will launch with Unreal Engine and Unity integration, but it will also be completely open to all engines and freely merged with other online-based solutions, said Epic. The electronic infrastructure will be built primarily at the top by Amazon Web Services, as it is with Fortnite and can support Google's Cloud Platform in the future. Epic also promises full compliance with Europe's GDPR.
"Successful launch and operation of a live online game requires a range of services far beyond the functionality of a traditional gaming engine, "said Epic in a statement." These services are expensive to build, test and cure in real life, but when they are in operation, relat ivt reasonable to scale to more games and more users. In Epic, our goal is to help game developers succeed. "
" Epic has made great efforts to build services for Fortnite which reaches 200 million players across seven platforms, "said Ep Sweetsy, founder and CEO in a statement. "Now we are working to open these services to all developers on all platforms, all stores and all engines for free."
Epic's online service roadmap announcement comes only one week after the company announced its Epic Games Store, a major effort that gives developers a better revenue share than Valve's market-leading Steam platform. The store was launched last week with pretty much fanfare, but an extremely limited selection of games.
The announcement also comes at a time when full platform support for online games and features changes from the exception to the standard in the gaming industry. Sony, who for years had refused to let his PlayStation Network integrate with other console services, recently opened after pressure from major publishers, including Epic and Bethesda.