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Epic Games’ New Cross-Platform Services Will Be Given to Developers for Free

Fortnite, one of the biggest battle royale games of this year, is known for its extended cross-platform capabilities. Developer Epic Games, who recently launched their own digital game store called Epic Games Store, has announced that they are working on cross-platform services that will launch for free in 2019.

“Throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a large set of cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across 7 platforms,” explains Epic. “These services will be free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores. As a developer, you’re free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as you wish.”

The continuously developing online services will provide core functionality for cross-platform login, friends, and profiles across the seven major platforms. This service is expected to launch by Q2-Q3 of 2019 on PC. While most of these services were initially designed for use in Fortnite, Epic is also working on a new in-game voice communications service which supports all platforms. This free service will come to all platforms by Q3 of 2019.

Moving on to the most significant one, cross-platform parties and matchmaking services are expected to go live on all platforms by Q3-Q4 of 2019. By Q3 of 2019, Epic’s data storage, cloud-saves, achievements and trophy services will be available to developers for free.

“Successfully launching and operating a live, online game requires a suite of services that go far beyond the functionality of a traditional game engine. These services are expensive to build, test and harden in real-world conditions, but once operational, are relatively inexpensive to scale to more games and more users.”

Interestingly, Epic notes that all cross-platform services will be “operated in a privacy-friendly, GDPR-compliant manner.” Shortly after the launch of the Epic Games Store earlier this week, redditors spotted that the store’s privacy policy conflicts with the EU GDPR laws. Obviously, this was cause for concern which is probably why Epic Games feels the need to clarify the functionality of the cross-platform services.


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