Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 5.
Key features of the engine include dynamic global illumination solution Lumen, virtualised micropolygon geometry system Nanite, Virtual Shadow Maps, and upsampling system Temporal Super Resolution.
“Lyra Starter Game is a sample gameplay project built alongside UE5 development to serve as an excellent starting point for creating new games, as well as a hands-on learning resource,” Epic said. “We plan to continue to upgrade this living project with future releases to demonstrate our latest best practices.”
City Sample is a free download that shows how the city scene from The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine Experience was created.
“The project—which consists of a complete city with buildings, vehicles, and crowds of MetaHuman characters—demonstrates how we used new and improved systems in Unreal Engine 5 to create the experience,” Epic said.
“In addition to the complete sample, the content is available in separate packs, so you can download just the vehicles, for example. Three related third-party content packs are also available.”
Throughout the day, Epic said creators will also be releasing hundreds of pieces of paid and free UE5-compatible content on the Unreal Marketplace.
CD Projekt and Epic recently signed a 15-year strategic partnership which will see the Witcher studio collaborate with developers from the Fortnite maker with the goal of helping tailor Unreal Engine 5 for open-world experiences.
The next Witcher game is being built with Unreal Engine, rather than CD Projekt’s proprietary REDengine, which powered previous series entries and Cyberpunk 2077.