Epic Games has elevated their plans quite a bit. Recently, the developer has added free anti-cheat and multiplayer chat features to its free developer tools. The services offered are pitched as and already tested in games such as Fortnite and Rocket League, which are using EasyAntiCheat for battling against usage of hacks, cheats, and third-party applications that offer an unfair advantage.
Furthermore, the company launches a free voice chat that empowers cross-platform voice communication, allowing developers to integrate in-game voice chat functionality in their projects using any game engine. The voice servers are maintained by Epic Online Services, which means developers don’t even need to worry about it.
As the company stated:
“Epic Games now has over 500 million accounts with 2.7 billion friend connections across Fortnite, Rocket League, and the Epic Games Store. All of this is supported by Epic Online Services, a set of online services originally built for Fortnite and now available to all creators for free so they can easily launch, operate, and scale their games using any engine, store or platform of their choice.
In addition, Epic Online Services today is launching two highly-anticipated free services: Voice and Easy Anti-Cheat. These new free tools will further establish Epic Online Services as an industry-leader in backend services for game developers.
Operating voice communications and anti-cheat in a popular online game can cost millions of dollars,” Epic said in a news release. The company said it’s offering its services free in hopes that “more developers [will] build cross-platform games.”
The voice chat and anti-cheat system are now in power as a part of the development toolkit offered by Epic Games. The same development toolkit built for Fortnite. Furthermore, the company published a voice and anti-cheat launch trailer:
Easy Anti-Cheat is trusted to handle millions of users at peak times. Its long-standing, scalable systems continually evolve and enable all games to benefit from new cheat prevention and detection techniques as discovered for any of the served games.
Easy Anti-Cheat enables developers to get direct control of anti-cheat enforcement in their game and maintain a fair playing field between PC and other platforms. The service seamlessly integrates with Epic Online Services’ Player sanctions and Player reports, and receives continuous updates as cheats evolve.
Voice is a new cross-platform voice communication service that empowers developers to integrate in-game voice chat functionality into their projects using any major game engine.
Prior to its release, Voice has been integrated and battle-tested in Fortnite, offering players a built-in cross-platform solution to chat and play with their friends. The service has proven to provide high-quality, stable, fast, and efficient voice functionality at massive scale.