Epic is finally rolling in with a feature update for this August for the Epic Games Store, and in all honesty, it is long overdue. Epic released a ‘roadmap’ of planned features in March this year, and hardly any of them have been touched, they had promised to make preloading a fully functioning feature in-time for Borderlands 3 but to no-ones surprise that did not happen.
However, is this for the first update of many or a one-off update for months to come? Whichever way it is, they have started, so that is something. This update brings Cloud Saving to a multitudinal of games, as well as a Humble Bundle keyless integration system and finally refreshed product pages; those are the main features.
Epic Games Store – August Feature Update
We’ve added Cloud Save support for the following games over the past month:
- Alan Wake
- Close to the Sun
- Darksiders III
- Enter the Gungeon
- Genesis Alpha One
- Hyperlight Drifter
- Kingdom New Lands
- Mutant Year Zero
- Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
- Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
- The Sinking City
- This War Of Mine
- World War Z
Additionally, all Ubisoft titles have supported cloud saves since launch through Uplay integration.
Why not cloud save ALL the games?
We’re working with the developers of other released games to test cloud saves, and will be enabling more games over time. Upcoming games that support Cloud Saves will have them enabled at launch!
Humble Bundle Keyless Integration
Today we are launching keyless integration with Humble Bundle and Humble Store. You can link your Epic Games account to your Humble account, enabling you to purchase games directly from the Humble store without requiring a redemption key. You can enable this feature by logging into your Humble account, going to the “Settings” option and linking your Epic Games account.
Complete your purchase of a game for the Epic Games store on Humble and the game will automatically appear in your library! This is one step we are taking towards creating an open ecosystem for players, and we’re looking at more partnerships with highly reputable digital game sellers.
Refreshed Product Pages
All of our product pages have received a face-lift, meaning you’ll see visual and informational improvements to your favourite titles. The new pages offer beefier game descriptions, better release date visibility for upcoming titles, and allow for additional imagery and videos. This is being done to give developers more control over the presentation of their games, and also for customers to make better purchase decisions.
- We rolled out For Honor with an improved installation experience, reducing the total time to install and the amount of disk space required. We’ll be looking to update our existing Ubisoft titles to use this new tech next.
- Some of you have already noticed that we’ve been rolling out new Epic-hosted videos on store pages. This provides the ability for better curation when you’re browsing the store, as well as giving more control to developers (i.e. the type of content they show for their games).
- We’re in the final stages of rolling out special patch optimization for developers. The optimization reduces patch download sizes significantly, saving you time when updating games on the Epic Games store and allowing you to hop back into the games you enjoy.
- For our next steps, we’ll be finishing our QA passes and polishing our documentation for our developers as we get it into their hands. For those interested, we’ll be writing a technical blog on how this works, so keep an eye out.
- A new look and design are coming to your game libraries. The first update in this process will include a “list view” which will display more of your game library on screen at once. You will be able to sort, filter and access games in your library quicker and easier. We want to make navigating to the games you want to play seamless.
- Our new playtime tracking feature is also right around the corner! This feature is a critical piece for self-service refunds. This gives you the ability to precisely track playtime on the games you own and that’s important because it helps you determine when you’re eligible to submit for a refund on new game purchases.
And there you have it that is the August update for the Epic Games Store. It is a start, but they still have a very long list of all the things they have promised to make the store worthwhile to use. One of the main things they should be working on is ‘security.’
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