The latest installment in Epic Games’ popular social gaming platform, Facebook Games, launched on Wednesday.
While some developers had previously announced their plans to launch Facebook Games as soon as the app went live, Epic Games has now officially announced the first beta, in which developers can test out their game as a standalone app and as a paid add-on to Facebook.
As part of its latest beta, Epic also released an update to its social gaming experience.
As of now, Facebook is not currently allowing games to be played via Facebook as a “pay to play” model, instead allowing the game to be “on demand” and played for free.
In this mode, users will be able to pay for in-app purchases, as well as be able “play” a game with friends.
The update also adds a new ability that will allow users to buy in-game content from Epic Games.
Previously, in order to purchase content, users would have to go into their Facebook account and click the “Buy Now” button, which would then allow them to “download” the content.
Epic Games now has a dedicated section in its app for paid content, with a list of in-demand titles like the upcoming game The Last of Us: Left Behind, as a starting point for developers to explore the paid content.
The list of available paid content includes The Last Of Us, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Dead Rising 3, Mass Effect 3, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, NBA 2K17, Overwatch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Titanfall.
For those that are unfamiliar with Facebook Games in the past, the service is a platform that allows developers to create a new game from scratch and then publish it on the service for a fee.
The app is free, and the game creator then pays a small fee to play on Facebook.