Epic Games Store achievements are finally coming to the storefront next week. They'll initially be supported in select games, but Epic says it's working to get the tools shipped out to more devs so achievements can be included in more titles.
How will Epic Games Store achievements work?
Epic Games Store achievements were originally released in beta back in July 2020, but these were "developer achievements", which were fully operated by the devs themselves. Now, though, Epic says its own achievements are ready for primetime, so the studio will begin the achievement rollout next week. Initially, the games that will support Epic Achievements include Hades, Rocket League, Humankind, and a few others. Epic says you can expect to see more games supporting the new achievement feature as the year goes on.
Just like PlayStation Trophies, Epic Games Store achievements will come in four tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. You'll earn a certain amount of XP for each achievement. Bronze will get you 5-45 XP, Silver nets you 50-95, Gold gives you 100-200, and Platinum achievements will always grant 250 XP. You'll get the Platinum achievement once you've earned 1000 XP throughout the rest of the game's achievement list. It doesn't look like you'll be able to do anything with this XP; it's just for bragging rights.
If a game supports Epic Achievements (as opposed to the previously-introduced developer achievements), there will be a new page for that game where you can view and track your achievement progress. As with other platforms, the page will show you which achievements you've unlocked, how much progress you've made towards each one, and which ones you're close to getting. Your library will now also display achievements, as will the Game Detail page in the Epic Store itself. Epic says the new system won't clash with developer achievements; they'll remain active and any you've gathered won't be deleted. Furthermore, if a dev chooses to adopt the new system, your developer achievements will be converted into Epic Achievement XP.
What's next for the Epic Games Store after achievements?
It's a busy time for everyone's favorite controversial digital storefront. Earlier this year, Epic introduced new self-publishing tools for developers in closed beta, allowing them to publish their own games on the storefront if they wish. The roadmap, which you can view yourself via Trello, lists edition comparisons, category pages, and public user profiles as the next items the team is looking to introduce. Further down the line, Epic wants to bring in user reviews, more payment methods and currencies, and gifting mechanisms, plus lots more. The Epic Games Store may not be profitable right now, but all these new features are sure to bring in new users.
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