Ah, the Epic Games Store. They may offer some strong exclusive titles and more free games than you know what to do with, but they haven’t quite hit the level where anyone would use it over Steam (outside of some strong deals). In all honesty, this is due to the lack of major features its main competitor holds (looking at you, shopping cart). I’ve enjoyed the free games from time to time, but I wouldn’t say I’d use it in conjunction with Steam any time soon. Thankfully though, it seems today the team is taking a step in the right direction. The Epic Games Store will officially be getting an achievement system starting next week!
This new system will work in stark contrast to Steam’s achievement system. Epic Achievements, instead of just being their own thing, are sorted into different forms of XP based on their award tier. Here are the different levels of XP you can earn based on an achievement’s tier:
- Bronze = 5-45 XP
- Silver = 50-95 XP
- Gold = 100-200 XP
- Platinum = 250 XP
While the first three tiers of Epic Achievements can be earned normally based on their level of difficulty, the final Platinum Achievement is earned a bit differently. Rather than being earned by a particular feat, this is awarded for reaching 1000XP in that particular game.
Now I know what you’re thinking “But didn’t Epic already have achievements?” and you’d be right, but this was a very basic achievement system. You simply earned an achievement for a particular game and that was it. This adds in a new system of XP, which will be displayed on a new Epic Games achievement page (shown above) for each particular game.
While we may still be without a shopping cart, the new Epic Games Store achievement system brings things up to a more modern, customized level. By all means, a small step in the right direction in their war for market share.