Epic Game Store opens, promises free games throughout 2019
Epic Games launched the company's game store today; interested gamers can head over to the official Store front on the Epic Games website to browse what it has to offer and download the client to the local system.
The company announced the Store earlier this week as a direct competitor to Steam and other game stores available for PC.
It appears that the Store is only available for Windows for now; the download link offers a Windows version when you click on it.
Installation requires elevation but holds no surprises. An update is downloaded on first start to bring the Store to the latest version.
You can play around with the Epic Store application without account; just click on sign-in later to browse what the Store has to offer without signing in.
An account is required, however, for most activity including buying games, adding free games to the account, or playing games.
Account creation is straightforward. The Store supports email and password accounts, and accounts from the Playstation Network, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Facebook, and Google at the time of writing.
Users who have an Epic Games account already, e.g. because of Fortnite, can use it to sign-in to the Store.
Epic Games announced that it will give away a free game every two weeks in 2019; means, anyone who installs the Epic Games Store on their device may grab these games free of charge and add them to their account.
The promotion starts on December 14, 2018 with Subnautica and is followed on December 28, 2018 by Super Meat Boy. The two games are fairly popular and have been well received.
The Store itself holds just a few games right now. You can grab a free copy of Unreal Tournament or Fortnite to start playing those games by Epic Games right away. Only five additional games are available for purchase right now with more being listed as "coming soon".
The Store has its own Mod Editors section that users can download to their devices, and a section for Unreal Engine which users can install as well.
Lots of basic features are missing right now; Search is missing, and there are not categories or tags to browse games of interest. Game pages lack information about recent updates, supported game modes, or hardware other than minimum and recommended PC requirements.
A friends system is supported, however.
I'd consider the Store beta for now as it lacks many features that most gamers expect from a games store. Still, free games is always attractive and it will certainly increase sign-ups for the Store when the promotion starts.
Epic Games has enough pull thanks to Fortnite being the game right now.
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