The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 Demo is Now Available to Pre-Load on Consoles

The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience is available for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.


The Matrix Resurrections is only a couple of weeks away from release and an Unreal Engine 5 Experience, called The Matrix Awakens, is now available for pre-loading on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience was spotted earlier last week on PlayStation’s backend and many were curious as to what it actually was.

The teaser trailer for the same features Keanu Reeves, or at least an Unreal Engine 5 model of the actor. The application is meant to act as a “glimpse into the future of interactive storytelling and entertainment with Unreal Engine 5.” The ‘experience’ will be revealed in a couple of days at The Game Awards, with players being able to play it for themselves on Friday, 10 December.

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The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine Experience can now be pre-loaded on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S

This is an exclusively next-gen application, so sadly, PS4 and Xbox One users will not be able to experience it for themselves. The experience features performances from the two of the leads of the movie, Keanu Reeves as Neo, and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Curiously, the application is not available for PC.

“Created by members of the original movie team including Lana Wachowski along with Epic Games and partners,” reads the PlayStation Store description. “The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience is a wild ride into the reality-bending universe of The Matrix that features performances by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.”

The Matrix franchise has had a reputation of being at the cutting edge of marketing, as the first movie in the series was one of the first few to embrace the internet as a means to market a movie. Now, it looks like the series is embracing gaming and the interactive nature of the medium to build up hype for the upcoming movie. The most optimistic of the bunch will probably rely on this as a sign that one day we could see the return of The Matrix games, which were undoubtedly under-appreciated.