Epic Online Service has finally given developers multiplayer tools to allow for Epic and Steam crossplay.
For those who are not familiar, the Epic Online Service was first created for Fortnite and has been made available to any developer who wants to use them.
The crossplay announcement came with a video, which you can watch above. It demonstrates how two friends attempt to connect so they can play a game together. Sadly, they were separated as one is playing through Epic Games while the other is on “PC Store”, which obviously represents Steam.
However, in the press release, Epic was not reluctant in mentioning Steam. The company explains that “Epic Online Services crossplay now works seamlessly on Steam and Epic Games Store.”
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Furthermore, the crossplay feature will apparently enable “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.”
Game developers who wish to include Epic Online Services tools in their titles can choose what features they can add to their games. That includes crossplay.
So, how will it work? Epic explains that gamers will see an overlay as they merge friends list across storefronts. From there, gamers can search for friends and join gameplays.
“With just a few clicks, Steam players can jump into a game while an Epic Games account is created under the hood for their Steam account.” Epic says.