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.”