Epic Games have revealed the absolutely stunning footage from the Unreal Engine 5.
The powerful next-gen engine debuted for public eyes as part of a real-time PlayStation 5 tech demo named Lumen in the Land of Nanite.
Epic did stress that the demo isn’t a real game currently in development, but the footage displayed was fully playable.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney confirmed to IGN: “It is playing 100% in real-time on the [PlayStation 5] and you do have full control over the character.”
Had there been admission for gamers at the event, Epic CTO Kim Liberi stated that they would have allowed gamers to have a hands-on feel for the engine at GDC.
With the release of PlayStation 5 fast approaching, gamers will be hotly anticipating the release even more so with the gorgeous footage captured with the engine.
Epic Games released a press release in which it claimed the big new features in the Unreal Engine were the Nanite and Lumen systems – both of which are displayed in the demonstration.
The Nanite system allows developers to utilise a “virtualised micropolygon geometry,” which Epic kindly explained was “film-quality source art comprising hundreds of millions or billions of polygons can be imported directly into Unreal Engine — anything from ZBrush sculpts to photogrammetry scans to CAD data.”
In an interview with Engadget, CEO Sweeney explained: “Nanite frees developers from having to worry about polygon count and levels of detail. It enables you to author all the content in the game at its full, movie quality level of resolution.
“And then rely on the game engine to scale it down so it runs in real-time on every device.”
The other system, Lumen, is explained as “a fully dynamic global illumination solution that immediately reacts to scene and light changes.”
So, the tremendously realistic lighting seen in the clip is owed to this system. The system allows, in real time, for the lighting dynamics of a scene to be even more pristine.
Epic Games hope that, with Unreal Engine 5, the two systems can work together to create worlds exceedingly more detailed than ever before.
The test footage that has blown up social media over the past day has proven that to some degree.
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