You may have thought the American AAA gaming developer Epic Games focuses primarily only on its digital store and the famous Battle Royale game Fornite. But it’s far from the truth. They shocked the gaming community quite a bit by presenting a new version of their game engine, which has been used by hundreds of games. Even Disney used it in creating the series The Mandalorian.
Unreal Engine 5 will replace the current version 4.25, and they promise photorealism at the level of CGI effects seen in movies. The main focus is the Nanite and Lumen technologies, demonstrated in a spectacular technical demo Lumen in the Land of Nanite on the PlayStation 5 console.
Nanite with virtualized micro polygon geometry allows creators to create as many details as the human eye can perceive. Also, ready-made ultra-quality artworks, consisting of millions or even billions of polygons, can be imported into Unreal Engine 5 without strain and quality loss. Lumen technology is all about fully dynamic lighting, perfectly demonstrated by the technical demo using sunlight and a lamp.
Epic Games says the new Unreal Engine will be very developer-friendly, as it allows for easy migration from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5 thanks to their “forward compatibility” approach. Therefore, it is not surprising that Fortnite, which will also be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this year, will get an update, and it will be running on Unreal Engine 5 next year.
Unreal Engine 5 is expected full launch in late-2021, and in addition to current consoles, it will also support PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.