​User Reviews And Wishlists Are Coming To Epic Games’ Store

Epic Games has revealed a roadmap for new features coming to its store, detailing a long list of improvements due in the months aheads. And also user reviews.

As it did with Fortnite, Epic has created a Trello board to show what it is working on in the near and long-term future. It includes a list of recently added features, so you can make sure not to miss any changes, and plans for the next six months and longer.

You can check out the board for yourself on Trello.

In the near-term future, there will be a "store page redesign", which will "Enable better product details page by putting more information 'above the fold' on pages." Currently, store pages start with a huge banner image and a long scroll to get to all the information you'd like access to for a game.

Metro Exodus' Epic Games' store page
Metro Exodus' Epic Games' store page

Though, even seemingly small changes like being able to search by genre and tag will make it easier to use - especially as the store is starting to fill up with more and more games.

In the longer term, four to six months down the line, we'll see things like wishlists, the ability to track how long you've played a game, and improvements to the presentation of your game library all being added to the store. This is all good change, and will help to close the gap on usability between Epic Games' store and Steam.

A contentious addition in that same period is user reviews. While these are able to give us huge amounts of information about how a game plays and if it's worth buying, it also opens the door to attacks like review bombing. This has been an increasing problem on Steam where, for reasons such as bugs, lack of language support, or events outside of the game entirely, consumers have chosen to flood a game's store page with negative reviews.

To combat review bombing, Valve released tech to let you view a game's review history
To combat review bombing, Valve released tech to let you view a game's review history

In the long term Epic is planning for a full Arabic translation of the store and to build an automated refunds system.

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Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

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