Epic Games Store first tested the waters when it came to Achievements last year. Ark: Survival Evolved acted in a similar fashion to a beta, featuring achievements as a test for future rollouts of the feature across the Epic Store. While it took a while we are finally going to be getting a wider rollout of the feature across multiple games, though not every game will be getting the feature yet.
The feature is set to roll out next week, then slowly ramp up over time. A post on the Epic Website states players can expect “Rocket League, Hades, Pillars of Eternity, Humankind, Zombie Army 4, and Defense Grid, and more” will be among the first to implement the feature. They will allow you to start “start racking up XP” as you unlock the awards.
Similar to the PlayStation Trophy system these awards will be categorized from Bronze to Platinum, with differing XP amounts associated with them. The list of these awards and the amount earned from them is as follows:
Bronze = 5-45 XP
Silver = 50-95 XP
Gold = 100-200 XP
Platinum = 250 XP
Epic also had a previous version of these, referred to as Developer Achievements. Available previous to the rollout of a more global system, Epic has confirmed that any of these that were earned before the switchover will not be lost. The site stated:
If you’ve unlocked developer achievements, don’t worry — your hard work isn’t lost. If a game that previously used developer achievements integrates the new Epic Achievements system, progress carries over, and you will automatically earn account XP.
The rollout will take place starting next week, and will act as the start of implementation. In a further statement about the full schedule they stated:
We’re working to get these tools to more developers, so you can expect to see Epic Achievements popping up in your favorite games later this year. Keep your eyes out for more updates you’ve been waiting for as we drop new social features and player rewards later this year.
This has been a much-requested feature for the platform since it launched. While not complete yet, this is a positive step moving forward. Earlier this year we also saw the store allow dev’s to self-publish, which was also well received.