The Unreal Engine 5 has been the talk of the town for a while now and Epic officially made the engine available to all developers and studios at last night’s State of Unreal. The event also featured an announcement from Crystal Dynamics confirming development on a new Tomb Raider game, built on UE5.
Crystal Dynamics has previously worked on the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, which includes the 2013 game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The reboot trilogy received generally favourable reviews and all three games were commercial successes as well.
The studio has recently worked on Marvel’s Avengers, a live-service game that has steadily gotten better over time. UE5 opens up all kinds of opportunities for studios and it will be interesting to see how Crystal Dynamics harnesses the power of the new engine.
Unreal Engine 5 is Now Available for All Developers and Studios
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Since the first tech showcase of the UE5, it has consistently been one of the most exciting aspects of next-gen gaming and experiences like The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience have only stoked the flames of excitement. State of Unreal also featured a tech showcase from The Coalition, the studio behind the Gears of War Games.
The tech demo, “The Cavern”, showcased UE5’s ability to render assets and polygons in real-time as well as the Metahumans, the tech used to build human characters in UE5.
Several studios have already confirmed their use of UE5, including the likes of CD Projekt Red, who will be using Unreal Engine 5 for the development of the next Witcher game. Other major studios using UE5 include Obsidian, Ninja Theory, PlayStation Studios, and Xbox Studios.
Additionally, Epic has also now released The Matrix Awakens City Sample for PC for free (linked here) – which means now PC players will also be able to experience the city build on UE5. To play the ‘City Sample’, players will need to download Unreal Engine 5 and then the ‘City Sample’ itself.