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Epic Games Store Update Adds New Game Rating & Poll Feature

The Epic Games Store still has an exceptionally long way to go before it’ll win over the hearts and minds of all PC gamers. – While some of the criticism levelled against the platform has been spurious at best, however, even its most ardent supporters would agree that improvements are definitely there to be made.

No, alas, the user interface still remains as unpleasantly clunky as ever. Following an official announcement, however, the Epic Games Store has confirmed the launch of new features that will now allow people to not only effective give gaming ratings, but their additional feedback will also look to help Epic improve its overall search functionality!

Epic Games Store Adds New Rating and Poll Features!

As part of the announcement, the Epic Games Store has confirmed the following new additions:

Game Ratings

Our rating system will ask random players, who have played a game for more than two hours, to give a rating on a five-point scale. Here’s how it works: Following a play session, random players will be offered the opportunity to score the game up to five stars. Over time, these scores will help populate the “Overall Rating” that will appear on the product’s store page. Because these requests are randomized, we won’t spam our players, and we probably won’t ask about every game or app used. This approach protects games from review bombing and ensures people assigning scores are actual players of the games.

Game Polls

Separately from ratings, players may also be selected at random at the end of a play session to answer a poll. For polls, players will be asked a question that relates to their most recent session. The questions cover a broad range and will have a number of potential responses. Players might be asked to respond “Yes” or “No” to “Is this game good to play with a group?”. Players could also be presented with a multiple-choice poll asking “How challenging are the bosses in this game?”.

After enough players have responded to the polls, their answers will help generate tags for the respective product pages. These tags can be used to filter games and apps within the Epic Games Store. As these tags grow over time, they’ll be able to inform players on content and improve discoverability—helping our players find more games to enjoy! Over time, the store pages will accumulate a wide range of tags from confirmed players that will inform the community about more aspects of each game’s content. Over time, these tags will also populate our Category pages and will be used to generate custom tag-based categories driven by our players that will appear on the Epic Games Store home page.

What Do We Think?

No, perhaps not the update everyone was hoping for, but in many respects, you do have to credit the Epic Games Store for introducing a review system that, by and large, pretty much solves (or more accurately avoids) all the problems seen with the system utilised on Steam (specifically, review bombing).

By and large, this does actually look to be a pretty neat feature and if you want to learn more about it, you can check out the official Epic Games Store website via the link here!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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