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Epic Games Store Launches as Alternative to Steam

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Although many big publishers and game companies have their own digital stores, like EA’s Origin and CD Projekt’s GOG, none have managed to get anywhere close to Steam’s stranglehold on digital PC gaming. Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, hope to change that with the newly launched Epic Games Store. The Epic Games Store is currently in soft-launch mode with a handful of PC games. It’s aiming for a larger launch, and include Android games, in 2019.

Epic Games is set to be far more attractive to developers and publishers with a more lucrative revenue sharing percentage. Epic Games will take only 12% of sales on its store, leaving 88% for the developers and publishers. For developers that use the popular Unreal Engine in their games, Epic will cover the 5% royalty fee as well.

For comparison, Valve takes 30% of game sales through Steam.

“As developers ourselves, we wanted two things: a store with fair economics, and a direct relationship with players. And we’ve heard that many of you want this too! We’ve built this store and its economic model so that Epic’s interests are aligned with your interests,” writes Tim Sweeney, founder, Epic Games, in a blog post. “Because of the high volume of Fortnite transactions, we can process store payments, serve bandwidth, and support customers very efficiently. From Epic’s 12% store fee, we’ll have a profitable business we’ll grow and reinvest in for years to come!”

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Developers will have full control over their game store pages. Consumers won’t find ads or links to other games. Purchasing a game will subscribe that player to the official news feed, where developers can provide a steady stream of news and updates.

Epic Games is also embracing Youtubers and Twitch streamers via the Epic Games Suport-A-Creator program, allowing influencers to receive a share of revenue by driving traffic to the store page. Epic will cover the first 5% of creator-based revenue for the first 24 months.

Only a few games are currently available on the Epic Games Store, including Darksiders 3, Ashen, and Supergiant Games’ newly announced Hades.

The Epic Games Store will offer free games every two weeks to help encourage newcomers. The first is underwater survival-crafting game Subnautica, which is available for free from Dec. 14-27. Starting Dec. 28 you’ll be able to snag Super Meat Boy for free through January 10, 2019.

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Monsters Invade Fortnite Battle Royale in Fortnitemares 2018

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The seasonal Halloween event Fortnitemares returns again this year to mega-popular online shooter Fortnite. The event adds new Cube Monsters, outfits, and weapons as well as its own set of challenges. Fortnitemares 2018 will last for about a month.

Fortnitemares 2018 actually borrows from the game’s less popular co-op Save the World mode. AI monsters are now invading the PVP world of Fortnite Battle Royale, spawning from a mysterious cube in the world. The enemies will drop some nice loot if you can brave the distraction.

The new purchasable Deadfire skin is also more than just a cosmetic outfit. It features its own progression system. That means it will actually update and change styles based on how much damage players deal as well as how long they can stay alive. The Deadfire outfit includes the Shackled Stone Back Bling. The matching Dark Shard pickaxe is sold separately.

New weapons include the Six Shooter and Fiend Hunter Crossbow.

The event will also add new challenges that will unlock their own cosmetic items. But this time the challenges will change every few days. The first set of challenges are as follows:

  • Destroy Cube Monsters
  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles or Pistols to Cube Monsters
  • Visit a Corrupted Area in different matches
  • Dance at different Gargoyles

Completing the final set of challenges earns you the spiffy Dark Engine glider.

Fortnite Save the World also benefits from the Fortnitemares Update with multiple story quests and rewards.

Fortnite is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, and Android. It’s rated T for Teen.

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Sony Reverses Policy, Opens Cross-Platform Play for Fortnite

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Good news for Fortnite players on PlayStation 4! In a sweeping policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment, they announced a Cross-Play Beta for Fortnite launching today on PlayStation 4. For the first time, Fortnite players will be able to play with players on mobile, Switch, Xbox One, and PC. It also means you can login with one account across PlayStation 4 and other platforms.

Note that since this feature is currently in beta, expect lots of technical hiccups and issues.

“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective,” writes John Kodera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.”

Previously Sony has been notoriously tight-nit when it comes to cross-platform play. Fortnite’s incredible popularity has finally caused a paradigm shift in company policy (much like Minecraft and Early Access games on consoles). This change can and most likely will also apply to future online games. Kodera goes on to say: “We we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change, […] and what this means for other titles going forward.”

No specific dates or time frames have been announced for the cross-platform beta. Fortnite Battle Royale is currently available on every modern gaming console, and the lines between them are rapidly shrinking.