Epic Games has finally announced the full launch of Unreal Engine 5.0 at the State of Unreal event. The newest version of the 3D creation tool and game development kit is now available for download from the Epic Games Launcher for everyone.
The new version of the next-generation game engine features numerous improvements for game creators, from the increased performance and an improved editor to a set of technologies aimed at adding photorealism to game scenes.
One of these technologies are Nanite, a geometry system, and Lumen, a lighting system. Epic says that with Nanite and Lumen, developers will be able to create cinematic-quality 3D scenes with a lot of geometric detail and adjust dynamic lighting.
What is important, the engine makes the creators' work easier. The developers will have unprecedented freedom and flexibility in content creation and organization of the workflow.
Epic Games also released two new sample gameplay projects at its presentation: the City Sample from The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience and the Lyra Starter Game, a multiplayer shooter. These projects are available for game developers to build off of and are a starting point for creating Unreal Engine 5 games.
A lot of studios already use Unreal Engine 5. For example, such upcoming video games as The Witcher, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, and Tomb Raider will be developed using the next-gen game engine.
You can learn more about Unreal Engine 5 here.