Epic will launch a free collection of instruments designed to assist builders create cross-platform experiences.
“At Epic, our goal is to help game developers succeed,” reads a publish on the Epic web site. “Throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a big set of cross-platform recreation companies initially constructed for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 gamers throughout 7 platforms. These companies shall be free for all builders, and shall be open to all engines, all platforms, and all shops. As a developer, you’re free to decide on mix-and-match options from Epic and others as you want.”
The largest takeaway from the corporate’s assertion is that builders won’t be compelled to make use of the Unreal Engine or different Epic expertise in an effort to make the most of these instruments. Instead, they’re making them obtainable, freed from cost, to all studios, for all platforms, and throughout all engines. That’s a moderately beneficiant supply. As Epic additionally factors out, these instruments are hardly new and have been examined by tens of millions of Fortnite gamers.
We do have a number of questions on this program, although. First off, we assume that these instruments should not up to date for next-gen expertise which might additionally imply that they might have to be up to date as soon as these platforms are launched. That would additionally assume that Microsoft and Sony are going to assist cross-play for his or her next-gen consoles. That looks like a possible assumption contemplating that Microsoft has lengthy supported the expertise and that Sony not too long ago began supporting that function after quite a lot of controversy (minus a number of hurdles alongside the best way).
Why would Epic do that? Well, it is actually attainable that it is as a result of they see the advantages of selling a cross-platform future contemplating how a lot that function has contributed to the success of Fortnite, however we do consider that they’re genuinely fascinated by seeing extra video games embrace this function as a normal.
Whether or not it turns into a normal stays to be seen.
Matthew Byrd is a employees author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed collection of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.