The evolution of the Epic Games Store (opens in new tab) continued today with the addition of regional currency support for Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
The local currency support means that users in those countries—like myself, for instance—no longer have to worry about converting US dollars to our own funds, but will instead pay what's on the screen. It simplifies and stabilizes the process, and while currency fluctuations can raise or lower the relative value of your local cash, the pricing generally works out to be close to equivalent.
The Epic Games Store now accepts five new currencies: AUD, CAD, DKK, NOK, and SEK.Keep an eye on the Epic Games Store Roadmap for future updates: https://t.co/JcdYCdNmmD pic.twitter.com/Xgb8pluynNApril 29, 2020
Borderlands 3 (opens in new tab), for instance, is $60 US, which at this moment converts to $83.26 CDN and $91.48 AU; with regional pricing, it now sells for $80 CDN and $90 AU—basically a wash. That pricing also matches up with local currency pricing on Steam.
The addition of local pricing could make the storefront worthwhile for Australian gamers: for example, to pre-order Death Stranding on EGS cost $110 AU earlier this month, when converting from US dollars, but now it's a much more reasonable $91 AU.
With that taken care of, the Epic Games Store roadmap (opens in new tab) now indicates that a "Trending" storefront category, mod support, self-service refunds, offline sign-ins, add-on content discovery, and achievements are all "up next," although no dates are attached to any of it. It also recently implemented a temporary requirement to have two-factor authentication enabled (opens in new tab) in order to claim its weekly free games.