The Epic Games Store has finally started rolling out its Cloud Saves, a significant feature that most other digital distribution platforms already provide. We saw this coming from a leaked Trello roadmap before.
Cloud Saves allows users to keep their save data online. So in case of reinstalls of a game, or if you decide to switch computers, all your game progress will pretty much still be intact.
The feature was supposed to arrive this month. However, the company seems to have missed its deadline, since the Cloud Saves feature is rolling out very slowly and only supports 2 games at the moment. The company CEO Tim Sweeney said in a tweet. The only games currently supported by the Cloud Saves feature are Moonlighter and This War Of Mine, both currently free to play on the Epic Games Store.
Other features on the road map that are meant to be completed this month include a redesign of the store’s page, improvements to offline mode, library improvements, and improved patch sizes. The release of these features is most likely to be pushed back to next month. Epic Games Store is slowly but surely becoming a valid competitor for Steam. And competition is always good for the consumer.
Epic Games have been under a lot of controversies lately due to their approach in acquiring exclusives from developers. The promotion and marketing are done for the games on Steam, and at the last second, the developers decide to make the game an Epic Games Store exclusive. This is of course not without reason, Epic Games Store provides a much better revenue share for the developers compared to Steam, but Valve’s platform is simply more complete and consumer-friendly.
Cloud saving is only among the many features that Steam users have been enjoying for quite a while now. These include support for 3rd party keys, forums, groups, ability to gift games and many more. And another huge feature that might be overlooked since most PC gamers use Windows is cross-platform support. Steam is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac, whereas the Epic Games Store is only available for Windows. Steam is also reportedly working on a huge client overhaul that is expected to launch next month.
Clearly, the Epic Games Store provides a very appealing platform for developers, as is evident from the many exclusive AAA titles they have been able to acquire. The only problem is Epic doesn’t provide a good enough platform for the consumers yet. Consumers have to put up with sub-par standards of the Epic Games Store, features that are simply missing and have been available in not just Steam but most other digital game distribution platforms for a very long time.