Epic Games Store Getting a Revamped Layout, In-Game Overlay, and More

Sep 27, 2019
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Even if you aren’t as fired up about it as some people, there’s no denying the Epic Games Store and launcher were pretty bare bones at launch. Epic has slowly been slowly delivering new features (cloud saves functionality has been added to a variety of games over the past couple months), but more is to come. In a new blog post, Epic reveals they’re working on a new Epic Games storefront, which will offer much-requested basic functions like the ability to filter games. An in-game overlay is also coming. Here’s a peek at the new storefront, and rundown of new features on the way.

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New Storefront

A new store and browsing experience, including curated collections. You'll be able to see what games are trending, filter by genre, and more, so that you can find games you'll love faster and easier than before.

Epic Games Overlay - Checkout

We're creating an in-game overlay. It might be a while before it's fully realized but our thoughts here are centered around giving you the player was to interact with their Epic Games store (e.g. library, social, etc.) while in-game.

3D Secure for Europe

Support for 3D Secure to comply with new European regulatory requirements for Strong Customer Authentication (SCA).  Players may be challenged for additional authentication when making a credit card purchase in Europe.

Epic has not provided a specific timeline for when these new features will arrive, but hey, you don’t have to wait for new stuff – the latest update, which includes new library viewing options, playtime tracking, and reduced patch sizes is available right now.

New Library View Options

We shipped new library options! This included: the new list view, search functionality, the ability to sort either alphabetically or last played, and the ability to filter out uninstalled games you own if you’re looking for a cleaner view. We’ll continue improving the library in the future, so let us know what you’d like to see.

Improved Patch Sizes

We’ve rolled out new tooling for partners that allows them to create further optimized patches. If you’re a player with a low bandwidth connection, this benefits you because these optimized patches dramatically reduce the patch download size.

Playtime Tracking

Now you’ll be able to track your playtime across various games. You can see your playtime from your library by opening the settings menu for your game.

Bundles

We now have support for bundles. Bundles include more than one game title or offers which, once purchased, will add all of those individual games to your library.

What do you think? Are you willing to give the Epic Games Store a chance if it keeps adding new features? Or are you still Steam4Lyfe?

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