Founded in 1991, Epic Games is an American company founded by CEO Tim Sweeney. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and has more than 40 offices worldwide. Today, Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and 3D engine technology provider. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops the Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also used in industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing and simulation. Through the Unreal Engine, the Epic Games Store and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to create, distribute and operate games and other content.
The Epic Games Launcher lets you play hundreds of popular games, many of which are exclusive to the platform. And like other apps, Epic Games Launcher – and the games within it – receive regular updates to fix bugs, add features, and more.
Epic Game Launcher automatically installs its own program updates, and there is no way to manually check for or install updates. However, you can indirectly force the launcher to perform its own automatic update by restarting the program.
How to update Epic Games Launcher.
Again, Epic Games Launcher is designed to update automatically. It is almost always better to wait for the launcher to update itself.
But if you want to force Epic Games Launcher to check for an update:
- open Epic Games Launcher so that its icon appears in the taskbar or dock at the bottom of your screen.
- If you are using a Mac, right-click the icon and select Exit. If you are using a PC, click the small upward pointing arrow on the right side of the taskbar, then right-click the Epic Games Launcher icon and select “Exit”.
- Once the launcher is completely closed, open it again.
Whenever Epic Games Launcher opens, it will check for new updates. If one is available, it will let you know.
To update games in the Epic Games Launcher
- Games that are installed with the launcher also need occasional updates. These are also updated automatically, but you need to enable automatic updates.
- Open the Epic Games Launcher. 2.
- Click “Settings” in the navigation pane on the left. 3.
- Scroll down to the Manage Games section and make sure there is a check mark next to Allow automatic updates.
- Expand the menu for each game for which you want to enable automatic updates. Make sure that those games have their “Auto-update” box checked.
Why the Epic Store?
Our goal is to bring you great games and give game developers a better deal: you get 88% of the money you spend versus only 70% elsewhere. This helps developers succeed and get more out of the games you love.
The first games in the store are Hades by Supergiant Games, Ashen by Annapurna/A44, and Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek by tinyBuild. They are available now!
Hades is the roguelike dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion and Transistor. It is available in Early Access, with monthly updates until full release later in 2019.
Ashen is an action role-playing game about a wanderer in search of a home. You can form relationships in the game and invite other players to join your camp – they might just help you succeed.
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is the prequel to Hello Neighbor, the stealth horror hit. Find out what happened just before the events of the main game.
The store will continue to offer a free game every two weeks in 2019. Epic funds these free releases so you always have something new to try. The first free game is Subnautica, which will be available from December 14 to 27, followed by Super Meat Boy from December 28 to January 10.
The Epic Games Store will grow throughout 2019 and beyond as it continues to open up to other games.
- EOS Overlay Update.
- Fixed edge cases that prevented users from launching custom apps in offline opt-in mode.
- Fixed an issue that prevented Unreal Engine editors from launching when the “Log in later” option was selected during login.
- Fixed some cases where the launcher displayed a missing DLL dialog box on some Windows 7 computers.
- Fixed an issue where users encounter D3D11CreateDevice errors on Windows 7. If you were affected by this issue, we recommend trying again with an updated installer from https://www.epicgames.com/ (EGS Client v12.1.7).
- Removed the taskbar option that would display the old social panel.
- Improved cloud storage handling for games with larger storage files.
When it comes to organizing and tracking games, things could be better. Filtering and sorting options are extremely limited, you can’t categorize or hide titles from your library, and you can’t add non-epic games.
The launcher tracks your playtime, but achievements are not supported, and this is a very big drawback considering that all of its main competitors offer this feature.
Taking screenshots is also not possible. It feels like a lot of the app’s features are still being developed, but it’s been long enough since the launcher’s release that we should really see more progress.