Epic Games has brought cross-platform gaming to Fortnite, and it wants to extend that experience to the rest of the gaming world in 2019.
Cross-platform gaming has basically been on the mind's of gamers ever since playing titles online with others around the world became a thing. Yes, PlayStation owners can play games with other PS owners, but what about those playing the same games on Xbox, Nintendo and even PC? All of those companies and more have been getting on board with cross-platform gaming, but there continued to be one big stumbling block.
Sony. Sony repeatedly said that it wanted cross-platform gaming, but never pulled the trigger. It has gradually changed its mind and earlier this year, Fortnite's developers Epic managed to bridge the biggest gap of all. The one between Sony and Microsoft. Fortnite players can now join in with anyone, regardless of what they are playing Fortnite on.
It's a huge step, but so far Fortnite is the only game that can boast cross-platform gaming across all consoles and devices. However, Epic wants to change that. This week, Epic announced that in 2019, it will be making its suite of cross-platform tools available to all developers for absolutely nothing. That means other developers will be able to follow in the innovative footsteps left by Epic and Fortnite.
For developers who like the sound of a world where players can enjoy their games with all of their friends, regardless of differing platforms, it must sound too good to be true. Epic revealed via its statement on the matter that "these services are expensive to build, test and harden in real-world conditions." However, all of that work has been done, and apparently, it will cost very little to apply what they have created and tested to other games.
Developers able to use Epic's cross-platform tools won't be limited to those who use Epic's Unreal Engine either. With slight tweaks, it will work for anyone who wants to use it. The tools will help with things like logins, adding friends, matchmaking, cloud saves, and even trophies and achievements. Those of you who are jealous of Fortnite's current cross-platform capabilities will soon be able to ditch that envy, as 2019 is set to become the year of the cross-platform gamer.