As October comes to a close, the Epic Game Store has received a handful of updates that should make the shopping experience on the storefront easier and smoother.
In a blog post, the company went into detail about the new features added to the Epic Games Store, including a new storefront look and additional language support. The company also specified a couple of components currently in development, like wishlisting and updated library views.
Headlining the October feature update is the improved storefront, which has received a visual overhaul and optimization. With the new enhancements made, you can now find out what games are trending, filter games by genre, and more. Epic Games has also smoothed the storefront’s experience when incurring high-volume traffic by improving infrastructure and site call patterns. This has resulted in reduced queries to remote data stores and time spent accessing remote databases has almost entirely been eliminated, according to Epic.
The Epic Games Store will also feature a checkout overlay, allowing developers to use the Epic Games’ payment platform within their games. The company will share more details as it “develop[s] new features” for the game overlay technology.
Elsewhere, the Epic Games Store has introduced two new features to the storefront: 3D Secure and Thai language support. 3D Secure is part of a new regulatory mandate in Europe called Strong Customer Authentication. It basically states that digital purchases require multi-factor authentication to secure transactional purchases. 3D Secure is Epic Games’ answer to SCA; the feature has begun rolling out and will slowly become available across multiple countries over the next few months.
Further, if you’re already using the Thai language in your operating system, the Epic Games Store will update automatically to show the new translations.
There are a few Epic Games Store additions you can look forward to in the future as well. Though the company didn’t clarify when these features will get implemented, Epic Games is currently working on bringing wishlisting to the platform, which will notify you when promotions or sales are happening. An updated library grid view is also in development, with a visual overhaul and “multiple polish improvements” in the works. Lastly, Epic Games has announced a partnership with review aggregator OpenCritic, which will implement critic reviews to the game’s detail page.
The Epic Games Store is currently offering a handful of spooky adventures for free just in time for Halloween, including Observer, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, and Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition.