Epic Games Store Road Map Reveals a Host of New Features

Epic Games Store Road Map Reveals a Host of New Features

User reviews and more are on the way to the Epic Games Store.

The Epic Games Store launched back in December, and since then the storefront has become more robust with exclusive deals with developers big and small. Still, it's lacking the features that other storefronts like Steam have. Luckily, Epic has made public its road map for the future.

On the road map, Epic Games posits that cloud saves, searching by genre or tag, user reviews, wishlists, mod support, achievements, shopping carts, and more are all en route to the digital storefront that's already making waves in the industry. Some that stick out include cloud saves—which is targeting a May release—and user reviews, which might be a testy addition considering the recent controversy with review bombing on Steam.

Unlike live service games' fancy road map graphics, the Epic Games Store one is a lot more scrappy; it's literally just a Trello board. (As a user of Trello for work, I respect it.) The road map is divided into recently shipped features, things coming in one to three months, four to six months, beyond six months, and some features are in a "to be determined" column, meaning there is no estimated time of when they'll be done. You can see everything Epic has planned for the Epic Games Store here.

The Epic Games Store already has a positive reputation, despite its short time on the market. It offers a higher revenue split for developers, contrary to Steam's; it's far less crowded, which helps in games standing out more. It's landed exclusive deals with Ubisoft for The Division 2 and with 4A Games for Metro Exodus. Recently, even the follow-up to Hyper Light Drifter was teased as an Epic Games Store exclusive for PC.

The store launched with a big exclusive too: the next Supergiant Games project, Hades. Hades is peculiar because it's not just a new game from one of the most beloved studios in independent gaming, it's also the studio's first early access title; meaning it's a test for both Epic Games Store's early access support, and for Supergiant's ability to maintain it. When we spoke with Greg Kasavin of Supergiant, he told us, "as for Epic, they've been a really great partner and helped shine a spotlight on the game."

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Caty McCarthy

Features Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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