The Epic Games Store has been updated with a new set of features, some of them long-awaited and pretty essential in this day and age, others less relevant. The biggest addition are the automatic updates, which are on par with those offered by Steam. EGS is still a long way from making a dent in Steam’s monopoly, but this is a step in the right direction.
The “self-service refunds”, as they’re calling them, are refunds which are approved automatically, either by a robot or a chimp in a box. If you’ve played the game for less than two hours, and it hasn’t been more than two weeks since your purchase, your refund request will be approved by a script. What’s more, you’ll get the money back – not some shitty version of money that can only be used in their store, but actual money (provided the payment method you used allows it). What’s more, if you purchase the game at full price and it goes on sale shortly afterwards, you’ll get a refund if you ask for it, so you can purchase it at the lower price (the two-hour, two-week thing applies here as well).
They’ve also made deals with Green Man Gaming, Fanatical and Genba Digital, in order to allow keyless third-party sales. This means you’ll be able to link up your EGS account with accounts on those three stores and buy games on EGS through them, without the need to activate a key. Also without the potential for abuse digital keys seem to generate.
EGS now supports five additional currencies (CAD, AUD, SEK, DKK, NOK) as well as bandwith throttling. The next update is going to focus on implementing a mod browser and manager to the client, along with the most pointless thing that ever happened to videogames – achievements.