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The Epic Store has an offline mode now, development roadmap coming soon

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Two basic features were absent at the launch of the Epic Games Store: cloud saving, which is supposed to come soon, and the ability to play games offline. Good news: the latter of the two was quietly added last week.

I can't find a way to manually switch to offline mode, but try this: close the Epic launcher (it doesn't seem to matter if you're signed in or not), disconnect from the internet, and launch it again. It'll let you know that it can't connect, and will give you the option to skip sign-in. Do that, and you should still be able to launch installed games, so long as they don't require a connection to play. I was able to launch Hades and What Remains of Edith Finch.

The feature was introduced last week, but aside from a tweet (opens in new tab) from director of publishing strategy Sergey Galyonkin—which I obviously missed while I was busy playing New World (opens in new tab)—I can't find any other announcement. Patch notes would be nice!

I'll set an alert for the next time Galyonkin tweets about cloud saving. Hopefully it comes with the Metro Exodus launch—it would make sense to add the feature with such a big release—but we'll just have to wait and see. In an update last week (opens in new tab), Epic said that a roadmap is coming soon.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.