In 2019, the company plans to launch a large set of free online services for all game developers and distribute them as part of the GDPR agreement. They can be used in conjunction with any game engines, platforms and online stores.
Previously, these gaming services were designed specifically for Fortnite. During the existence of the game, Epic Games has tested them on 200 million players and 7 platforms.
First, the company will release the C SDK, which includes online services and integration with the Unreal Engine and Unity. It will only have a basic set of features available, but over time, Epic Games plans to expand it with the following cross-platform elements:
- data storage and saving games in the cloud;
- friends list, authorization, profile and rights management;
- in-game voice communication system;
- accounting of achievements and trophies;
- group players and matches.
Also for the PC / Mac platforms, the Overlay API will be released, providing a user interface for logging into the game, a list of friends and other functions.
In the future, the company plans to add more features to the services - for example, creating custom content and anti-cheat system.