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Unreal Engine 5: available since a few weeks, the engine impresses in video
Epic Games' graphics engine should allow for even more realistic games than what we know today.
In May 2020, Epic Games announced the upcoming arrival of the new version of its graphics engine, the very popular Unreal Engine, and, just to give us a taste of it, it released a technical demo made with a PlayStation 5 development kit.
Almost two years later, the publisher continues to work hard on the Unreal Engine 5 and its progress allowed it to release a preview version of the graphics engine last February. As a result, many development studios close to Epic Games were able to start working on the new engine and several games have already been announced as using the Unreal Engine 5. For example, CD Projekt RED recently announced that The Witcher will use the RED Engine instead of the Epic Games engine.
At the end of last year, other studios mentioned their projects and games like Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will also use the Unreal Engine 5. However, despite these multiple rallies, it is the Unity engine that has been in the news these last few days with a video of an absolutely stunningly realistic quality. Called " Enemies ", this video you can discover above.
In the form of an answer from the shepherd to the shepherdess, an independent developer has more recently released another technical demonstration, this time based on the Unreal Engine 5. Although very different in style, the result is once again breathtaking. The author, Daniel Martinger, has modeled a workshop and we can see the quality of the lighting, which uses the Path tracing technique.
Between the two videos, we will not decide which one is the most successful, especially since we have no knowledge of the financial means used to produce each of them, nor of the human resources, nor of the time spent to obtain the result presented. One thing is certain, the quality of the textures, the richness of the lighting and the level of detail are remarkable: they promise us games of incredible beauty, provided that the artists have the means to exploit them of course.