Epic Games sharing Crossplay tech for free in 2019
Interestingly, Epic Games has revealed something handy for next year. In fact, developers will be able to use Epic’s Cross-Play technology to be used for free. Not to mention, its friendly with any means of design for games.
“Successfully launching and operating a live, online game requires a suite of services that go far beyond the functionality of a traditional game engine,” it said in the post. “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. At Epic, our goal is to help game developers succeed … As a developer, you’re free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as you wish.”
Nevertheless, Epic will release the following next year for developers:
- Cross-Platform Login, Friends, Presence, Profile, and Entitlements: Coming Q2-Q3 2019 to PC, other platforms throughout 2019 — Provides the core functionality for persistently recognizing players across multiple sessions and devices; identifying friends; and managing free and paid item entitlements. This will support all seven major platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch) to the full extent each platform allows per-title.
- PC/Mac Overlay API: Coming Q3 2019 — Provides a user interface for login, friends, and other features in a game-agnostic, engine-agnostic way.
- Cross-Platform Voice Comms: Coming Q3 2019 to all platforms — Epic is building a new in-game voice communications service supporting all platforms, all stores, and all engines, which will be available for free. (For developers needing an immediately-available voice solution, check out Discord, Vivox, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo, and Mumble.)
- Cross-Platform Parties and Matchmaking: Coming Q3-4 2019 to all platforms
- Cross-Platform Data Storage, Cloud-Saved Games: Coming Q2 2019
- Cross-Platform Achievements and Trophies: Coming Q3 2019
Furthermore, this will follow up Epic’s release of a C Software Development Kit. In addition, this kit will include online services with three engines. For example, the Unreal Engine, Unity, and Epic’s own engine.
Interestingly, Epic also using the Amazon Web Service data which allows access of user login for any platform. Personally, it’s really cool and generous to see what they’re doing with their Fortnite money. Honestly, I can’t wait to see more games with such a friendly atmosphere like cross-platform play.
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