Fortnite battle royale is a massive cross-platform hit. The title is available on a variety of gaming and mobile platforms. The underlying software infrastructure which supports this cross-platform behemoth is quite complex and Epic would be justified in keeping it closed. It’s not doing that, though, as Epic has said that it’s going to offer all of the underlying software and tools to other developers for free.
Epic Games has confirmed that the infrastructure and tools that enable the cross-platform capability of this title will be offered to other game developers for free. The tools include the capability to sync player profiles and in-game purchases between platforms, cross-platform matchmaking, voice communication, and other features.
“Throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a large set of cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across seven platforms,” it said in an official announcement, adding that these services will be free for all developers. They will also be open to all platforms, engines, and even all stores.
Epic won’t make developers list games using those tools on its newly launched online games store. Developers are free to mix and match solutions from Epic and others. It promises that all services are going to be operated in a ” privacy-friendly, GDPR-compliant manner.”