The Epic Games Store’s planned Review System will be Optional

The Epic Games Store's planned Review System will be Optional

The Epic Games Store’s planned Review System will be Optional

Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney has confirmed that the Epic Games Store’s planned review system will be an opt-in feature, allowing developers to utilise or ignore the function depending on their preferences. 

In recent years, game reviews sections have become a place where gamers often vent about subjects that are often outside of a game and its merits, with a recent example being the “review bombing” of the Metro series on Steam following Metro Exodus becoming an Epic Games Store timed exclusive. “Review bombing” is a term that’s used when gamers leave negative reviews for games en masse after their developer or publisher is involved in some form of controversy.  

Right now, the Epic Games Store is a curated platform, which means that the storefront’s current selection of games has been verified by Epic’s staff and is seen as being worthy of its place on the platform. Even so, user reviews are a useful metric for gamers, especially for smaller indie titles that have received little coverage by the gaming press.  

Below is a comment from Tim Sweeney regarding the Epic Games Store’s planned review system.   

 

    We’re working on a review system for the Epic Games store based on the existing one in the Unreal Engine marketplace. It will be opt-in by developers. We think this is best because review bombing and other gaming-the-system is a real problem.  

 

The Epic Games Store's planned Review System will be Optional  

While Epic Games can be commended for delivering developers a large cut of their game’s revenue, it is worth noting that Valve’ Steam Store is currently more feature rich than Epic’s platform in a variety of areas. Epic’s storefront will likely gain many of these features in time, but for now Steam will likely remain the gaming platform of choice for most PC gamers. 

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