As of May 2020 about two years ago Epic Games revealed the Unreal Engine 5 with a great-looking demo for the Then-unreleased PlayStation 5. And just 2 years later, the new engine has finally landed for prime time, with Epic taking us by surprise today and announcing that Unreal Engine 5 is now available.
While this might not come as much to regular consumers at the moment, it will long before, as Unreal has shown that it is one of the most popular game engines throughout the years. It’s a safe assumption, then we would see a lot of games that were created with Engine 5 in the coming future.
Unreal Engine 5 is Now Available
Of course, for game developers both big and small, today is likely a great day. Epic has detailed the key new features that alone make a pretty convincing and lengthy blog post to the engine’s website, and that alone makes a pretty convincing case for making use of it in game development.
All those that are interested in diving even further into what the engine can do can check out Epic’s in-depth Unreal Engine 5 Documentation. The documentation in articles, tutorials, and explainer posts seemingly cover every aspect of the engine and its tools.
How to Check the Might of Unreal Engine
Developers that want to start making use of the Unreal Engine 5 can go ahead and download it using the Epic Games Launcher, which is a simple enough process. Just as Epic points out on the engine’s download page, Unreal Engine 5 is even free to use in a lot of cases as it is about 5% royalty and it only kicks in once the game is making use of it to surpass $1 million USD in total sales.
So, it is actually easy enough for developers to dive right in, but what about gamers that want to see what Unreal Engine can do? There are actually a number of sample projects that users can choose to download and check out, and it includes a project titled “Lyra starter game.”
Epic says that “lyra” cannot only be used as a jumping-off point for creating interesting new games, but it would also be consistently updated with “future for creating new games, but it also would consistently get updates with “future releases to our latest best practices.” Alongside “Lyra Starter game” is a city sample project that allows the users to take a much closer look at the city straight from “The matrix Awakens,” Which was described as one of the early Unreal Engine 5 projects that were released while the engine was still in preview.
Unreal Engine 5 Nex-Gen Game Development
Unreal Engine 5 has promised a lot for next-gen game development. Two Marquee features include a lumen, which Epic Describes as “a fully dynamic global illumination solution” that would aid in creating believable indirect lighting in scenes Nanite, which will allow developers to pack scenes with “massive amounts of geometric.”
Lumen and Nanite, as impressive as they sound, really just scratch the surface of what Unreal Engine 5 can do. As we get to wait for more Unreal Engine 5 games to get announced, gamers get to taste a new engine by jumping right into “Fortnite,” which already makes use of Unreal Engine 5.