We're designing for forward compatibility, so you can get started with next-gen development now in Unreal Engine 4 and move your projects to Unreal Engine 5 when ready.
Unreal Engine 5 was unveiled earlier today and at Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest livestream. The company says that the new engine will support many platforms including Xbox Series X and Xbox One. To illustrate the practical use for the new tech a short demo video titled "Lumen in the Land of Nanite" was played running in real-time on PlayStation 5 hardware.
Epic Games has revealed the next-generation Unreal Engine 5 game engine running in real-time on Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5. While Lumen offers a fully dynamic global Illumination solution which can react to scene and light changes.
According to an Epic press release, the two big new features in UE5 are the engine's Nanite and Lumen systems - both are which are shown off in the video above.
Nanite allows for film-quality source art comprising hundreds of millions or billions of polygons to be imported directly into Unreal Engine for stunning quality. The term "photorealistic" is a moving target, but it's safe to say that Unreal Engine 5 gets closer than we've ever seen before, blurring the line between CGI and the real-world.
The company also said it plans to support cross-progression for existing players who upgrade to the new consoles, as well as cross-play between all versions of the game.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Epic CTO Kim Libreri explained their vision for the future of games: "We felt that, for too long, games relied on static environments, not dynamic events, and everything felt a little bit pre-canned".
Unreal Engine is available to use for free initially.
Epic Games have announced that Fortnite will be coming to next-generation consoles at launch as the title transitions from the Unreal Engine 4 to 5 in 2021. Epic will, of course, migrate its extremely popular Fortnite battle royale to the new engine before the final version is public.