Slowly but surely, the Epic Games Store is improving. Epic Games has announced that achievements are now available after sitting on the publisher’s ‘Epic Games Store Roadmap’ Trello to-do list for some time now.
Before you jump in expecting an achievement experience akin to that of Steam, Epic has warned implementation is still very much in its infancy. They are only available on ‘certain games.’ In a tweet authored late yesterday, the Fortnite developer warned:
Certain games on the Epic Games Store may begin to display achievements as you unlock them.
This is an early version of the feature and you can expect to see changes & adjustments.
We'll have more info to share on achievements in the future, so stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/80dnoLYegV
— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) July 29, 2020
A short clip showing the feature in action – using Ark: Survival Evolved as a guinea pig – accompanies the tweet, but otherwise, we’re still in the dark about how it works and which games will trigger a morale-boosting achievement pop up.
Unfortunately, other than the short tweet, Epic Games has yet to share any more details about achievements. We’re left trying to piece this one together ourselves, something those responding on Twitter have been more than happy to point out alongside bashing Epic for taking its time to implement the feature.
A quick stroll through the Epic Games Store doesn’t reveal any shiny new achievement sections on store pages, including Ark: Survival Evolved, nor is there anything under Library.
Interestingly, Achievements remain listed as ‘Up Next’ over on Trello, implying Epic is very much testing the waters here rather than confirming a full bells and whistles integration. The tentative language used in the tweet suggests as much.
Nevertheless, it’s certainly a step in the right direction, even though the Games Store’s features and functionality are light years behind dominant Steam – Valve integrated achievements nearly thirteen years ago in late 2007. There’s still a lot of basic functionality missing from Epic Game Store, but this at least is a step in the right direction. Maybe next up could be a shopping cart, user reviews, and an advanced controller input system like Steam Input.