It’s not exactly a well kept secret that Epic Games is struggling to meet the very content roadmap which Epic themselves publicised for the Epic Games Store. The roadmap has included wishlists, baskets, mod support, pre-loading, social features, and more, none of which have actually been achieved.
All of this was laid out on a handy Trello board advising Epic Store users on when they could expect the updates. Epic Games has now announced it’s removing all mentions to ‘time of delivery’ from its content roadmap, lumping all upcoming features into ‘Up Next’ or ‘Future Development’ categories. This obviously means Epic will no longer be beholden to the promises on its own roadmap.
“The Trello roadmap is not fulfilling the goal we set when it was introduced,” explains Epic Games. “The goal with the Trello roadmap is to provide visibility into the development cycle for the store’s more player-centric feature set.
“While it’s accomplished that to some degree, we’ve missed the mark accurately displaying the timelines for feature delivery. We regularly delay feature releases due to shifting priorities and the need for further iteration. We’re always focusing on improving, and we believe the Trello can be improved as well.”
It’s a double-edged sword for Epic Games. They’re dodging the endless stories of missed dates and delayed development but they’re also opening themselves up to further criticism and questioning over where the heck these basic store features even are.
When it launched nine months ago, we did cut Epic a bit of slack. They’ve had almost a year to get their act together though, and they’re certainly not an outfit which is short of money. Needless to say, in the intervening months the Epic Games Store library has ballooned to, perhaps, a few hundred games. It’s not a store built for a large catalogue in any way whatsoever. It sure looks nice but the vast majority of games are now absolutely buried. We’d imagine that’s taking priority over other features for now, although your guess is as good as ours as to when it all finally happens.