Epic Games, the developer of the popular game Fortnite, has announced that its crossplay tools won’t be limited to PC anymore but is being expanded to consoles as well, allowing game developers to implement cross-platform multiplayer features in their games easily. The crossplay tools are part of Epic Online Services, a free software development kit that provides various online features for games, such as matchmaking, leaderboards, achievements, and cloud saves.
The crossplay tools were introduced in June 2022 but only supported PC platforms, such as the Epic Games Store and Steam. The tools offer a special overlay that has the ability to merge the friend lists of both stores and enable game invites across them so users can join from any store. The tools have been expanded to include PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch platforms, making the overlay consistent across all platforms.
The overlay also allows players to create a new Epic Games account linked to their native platform account, which can be used to access other Epic Online Services features. According to the company, the tools are designed in such a way that they can work with any game engine and any store or platform.
What it means for the user?
There are a number of benefits of Epic Games Crossplay Tools for the end user. Epic Games says that it has over 750 million Epic Games accounts currently and hundreds of games using Epic Online Services, which means that a large number of players will soon have crossplay capability.
It will allow the user to play with their friends and other players across different platforms, which can enhance the social and competitive aspects of gaming. Second, it will give the user more options and flexibility in choosing their preferred platform and device without worrying about missing out on certain games or features.
Furthermore, they will enable the user to access their game progress and achievements across platforms using their Epic Games account, which can improve the continuity and convenience of gaming.