After being released in early access last year, Epic has fully released Unreal Engine 5. Available for download, the full edition includes the Lumen dynamic global illumination solution, Temporal Super Resolution upsampling system, and several other tools designed to increase fidelity in video game projects.
Artists will benefit from a revamped Unreal Editor, which includes “better performance, artist-friendly animation tools, an expanded mesh creation and editing toolset, improved path drawing, and more.” again,” according to Epic. “One of our ongoing goals is to make building open worlds faster, easier, and more collaborative for teams of all sizes.”
In addition to all this, developers can experience the software through two sample projects, Lyra Starter Game and City Sample. Epic says these samples include buildings, vehicles, and mobs of metahuman characters in a full city that are designed to showcase Unreal Engine 5’s improved systems and provide a hands-on learning resource.
This content will be available in separate packs so developers can download and experiment with the assets, and Epic will also publish paid and free content related to Unreal Engine 5 on the Unreal Marketplace.
Epic’s livestream revealed today that over 85 game studios have made the switch to Unreal Engine 5, which includes CD Projekt Red for its upcoming Witcher game. Crystal Dynamics has announced that a new Tomb Raider is in development and will also use Unreal Engine 5.