Epic Games has officially released Unreal Engine 5, its first game development engine for 2020. This is the same engine used in last year’s surprising Matrix demo, The Matrix Awakens: The Unreal Engine 5 Experience.
Now that it’s released, anyone and everyone can download and use it.Additionally, to get people started on their Unreal Engine 5 journey, both in development and those who want to use it more casually, Epic Games has released Lyra, a new playable shooter demoSure, you can simply play Lyra — it looks like a mix of Splitgate with Fortnite’s shooting mechanics — but what’s unique about this demo is that it’s fully customizable in terms of development. This gives the user the opportunity to modify the lighting, platform position, etc.
Epic Games also released city sample, another Unreal Engine 5 demo, but unlike Lyra, this demo is not playable. This is the same city in the Matrix experience, but here you’ll be able to freely view the city, its buildings, its vehicles and pedestrians, and more.
Of course, this is just the beginning of Unreal Engine 5. Just like Epic Games developed on Unreal Engine 4, the company will continue to iterate on Unreal Engine 5 for new features, updates, tools, and more. There are already developers using this new engine, including Epic Games itself – Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, which players are playing today, running on Unreal Engine 5.
For more information on Unreal Engine 5, you can watch the full State of Unreal 2022 presentation here.