Today, Unreal Engine held the State of Unreal Livestream where they provided several announcements and insights about their latest game engine, Unreal Engine 5.
After the show, Unreal Engine 5 was made available to all developers, marking a huge milestone in game development. The graphics that we saw in The Matrix Awakens tech demo is now within reach!
As we know, CD Projekt Red had already announced that The Witcher 4 will be developed using this engine. In addition, the new Tomb Raider entry is supposedly in development and is also using the engine.
Furthermore, companies like Square Enix (known for the Final Fantasy series), Bandai Namco (known for Tekken and Dragon Ball FighterZ), and Obsidian Entertainment (known for Outer Worlds and their work on Fallout: New Vegas) have all previously used the Unreal Engine.
With the graphical capabilities demonstrated so far, it is possible that we will see these franchises with graphics that are almost indistinguishable from real life. We can only imagine the immersive worlds that will come from this engine.
However, a major concern is that game optimization is still a rampant issue with modern game releases. The majority of PC players either struggle to maintain 60 frames per second, encountering stuttering and freezes, or they are unable to run the games in the first place.
Combined with the high prices and low availability of recent graphic cards, there is a real fear that the software has overtaken the hardware.
Lest we forget, Cyberpunk was unplayable on last gen consoles on release.
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