October Feature Update

Hey everyone,

We’re back with another Epic Games Store development update. Let’s take a look at some of the features we shipped and what’s coming up. 

Newly Launched Features

New Storefront
Our first iteration of the new storefront experience is live! You can see what games are trending, filter by genre, and more - find games you love faster and easier than before. Please try it out and let us know what you think.
Checkout Overlay
We launched our checkout overlay with our partners at YAGER in their competitive quest shooter “The Cycle”. The new checkout overlay allows games to use our payment platform from within the game.
We’ll keep you posted as we develop new features for our game overlay tech.

Storefront Optimization
Our free game releases have driven a lot of traffic to our site and in the past it hasn’t always handled that well. We’ve made those high traffic times smoother by improving our infrastructure and site call patterns.
  • By implementing local caching, we reduced queries to remote data stores and almost eliminated time spent accessing remote databases. 
  • Hot local caches also mean that an increase in traffic results in better performance. For example, during a 350% traffic increase leading up to the Fortnite Chapter 2 event, our service response time decreased by 30%.

3D Secure for Europe
3D Secure is important for new European regulatory requirements for Strong Customer Authentication (SCA). Support for 3D Secure has begun to roll out and will be slowly rolling out across multiple countries over the next few months.  Players may be asked for additional authentication when making a credit card purchase in Europe.

Thai Language Support
You can now choose Thai from the supported language options on the website or within the launcher. If your operating system is already Thai and you’ve not explicitly chosen a different language other than English, the launcher should automatically switch to showing the new translations.

Development In Progress 

We’re working to bring wishlisting to the store. You’ll be able to wishlist any offer on the store and you’ll be notified of sales or promotions for that offer.
Updated Library Grid View
We’re continuing to improve our library. We’ll be updating the visuals for the grid view to better align with the new presentation of games on the storefront. We’ll also be making multiple polish improvements to the existing listview.
Critic Reviews
We’re excited to be working with OpenCritic to bring critic reviews to our game detail pages.