In 2019, Epic made the net providers developed for Fortnite freely obtainable to any game developer who wished to make use of them. The software program improvement package included programs for pals lists, matchmaking, lobbies, leaderboards, stat-tracking, and cross-platform multiplayer. Recently, it introduced crossplay between PC and PlayStation to Fall Guys in all its playlists. And now, Epic Online Services lets builders allow crossplay between Epic and Steam.
A video accompanies the information, displaying two pals making an attempt to attach to allow them to play a fictional game referred to as Neon Party Squad collectively. Tragically, they’re separated as a result of certainly one of them is enjoying via Epic Games and the opposite is on “PC Store”.
Epic’s not so shy about naming its competitor within the accompanying weblog put up. “Epic Online Services crossplay now works seamlessly on Steam and Epic Games Store,” it says, “enabling Steam players to search from over half a billion friends, connect and play. Development to natively support more PC stores is underway, as well as macOS and Linux support for desktop, with support for crossplay on console and mobile platforms coming later.”
Developers who use the Epic Online Services toolset can select which options they wish to add to their game, together with crossplay. Games that use it can have an overlay merging pals lists from throughout storefronts, via which gamers can seek for pals and be a part of video games. “With just a few clicks,” Epic says, “Steam players can jump into a game while an Epic Games account is created under the hood for their Steam account.”
Epic has been bullish on the worth of supporting crossplay for some time now, with Tim Sweeney saying “I think it’s in everyone’s interest to support interoperability,” again in 2018. It definitely labored out for Fortnite, and when Rocket League got here to the Epic Games Store it had not solely crossplay, however cross-platform development as effectively, letting gamers entry their objects regardless of which model they launched.