What's New

The high-level features and changes for each release of Epic Online Services.

Here are the high-level features and changes for each release. For detailed release notes, see the latest SDK package or SDK > SDK Changelog in your Developer Portal.

2021

1.14.1 - November 5

Custom Invites The Custom Invites Interface is out!

Custom Invites allows titles to allow titles to use the built-in Epic Online Service (EOS) Connect messaging to send and receive invites.

This system should be considered viable in the following cases:

  • Titles that already have an existing and robust invitation system

  • Titles where users want send and receive invites through the Epic Account Services Social Overlay

Easy Anti-Cheat

Improvements and Updates!

Since the recent release of our Easy Anti-Cheat, we've included information on bootstrappers for the Anti-Cheat Interface!

Identity Provider

  • Added Amazon as a supported user authentication provider!

August 17

Publishing Tools Closed Beta

There is a new suite of Epic Games Store self-publishing tools now in beta! These tools empower you to control the publishing process for your games to the Epic Games Store. Go to Publishing Tools - Closed Beta to learn what to expect and how these tools work.

New Sitemap

We revamped the entire EOS documentation site map to help organize our content based on the services you are using: the Developer Portal, Epic Account Services, Epic Games Store, Game Services, and the API references. This is just another small step to cleaning up our content for your ease of you and our efforts continue to improve the documentation.

We missed highlighting one of our features from the SDK 1.11 release!

Artifacts

By mapping deployments with Games Store artifacts, you can add lobby and session invite functionality to the Epic Games Launcher to friends online, even if they are not signed into the game. This gives your players another way to connect with other players on their Epic Games Store friends list across platforms.

1.13 - June 21

Voice

For this release, the Voice interface is a Preview service. You can use the Voice interface to create and manage voice chats among your users. And with the Voice-Lobbies integration, you can have the Lobbies interface handle the room management and authorization.

Be sure to check out the sample projects for C and C# as well!

Web APIs

Although we've had REST APIs for the Auth interface and Ecom interface, we are building out our Web APIs to support more common use cases for web and backend services.

We still recommend using the EOS SDK to interact with your game clients and servers, but check out the Web API overview and reference for the HTTP API options as well!

Dark Theme

You can switch between dark and light theme in our documentation! Use the switch near the bottom of the panel navigation to change your view.

1.12 - May 27

Easy Anti-Cheat

For this release, the Anti-Cheat interfaces are a Preview service.

You can use the Anti-Cheat interfaces (also known as Easy Anti-Cheat) to help reduce cheating in online multiplayer play.

itch.io as an Identity Provider

You can use itch.io as an identity provider for your products.

Available identity providers are platforms where Epic Online Services can link your users' accounts to enable sharing their data across the different platforms and participate in cross-platform features like matchmaking. Identity providers must be configured in your Developer Portal and work with the Connect interface.

1.11 - April 7

Sanctions interface

You can use the Sanctions interface to manage the punitive actions taken against your users, such as temporary or permanent bans.

Reports interface

The Reports interface stores in-game user behavior reports that you can query to view the details of reported user behaviors, such as cheating, verbal abuse, offensive profiles, and so on. You can then use this information with the Sanctions interface to help conduct any punitive actions.

Google as an Identity Provider

You can use Google as an identity provider for your products.

Available identity providers are platforms where Epic Online Services can link your users' accounts to enable sharing their data across the different platforms and participate in cross-platform features like matchmaking. Identity providers must be configured in your Developer Portal and work with the Connect interface.

Artifacts

By mapping deployments with Games Store artifacts, you can add lobby and session invite functionality to the Epic Games Launcher to friends online, even if they are not signed into the game. This gives your players another way to connect with other players on their Epic Games Store friends list across platforms.