We take a little look at some of the new exciting powerful features that come with the Unreal Engine 5 release, which is also open for early access!
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The latest version of the game engine has been designed to empower artists and game developers with "next-generation real-time 3D content and experiences with greater freedom, fidelity, and flexibility than ever before". The release of early access will provide users with their first chance to get their creative hands on the new innovative tools for all next-gen productions.
The early access for Unreal Engine 5 can be accessed here: https://www.unrealengine.com/unreal-engine-5
Senior Technical Designer, Chance Ivey and Galen Davis, Producer/Evangelist for Quixel at Epic Games talk us through the new development workflows and tools that come with the early access. The incredible "Valley of the Ancient" sample project produced in last years demo, has also been made accessible to Unreal Engine 5 users, which can be found at the above link.
Below are the highlights from the announcement made today, looking at some of the new features that have been demoed.
A clean and practical looking new UI optimises the users workflow, while houses the same great tools that we have seen in Unreal Engine 4.
The virtualized micropolygon geometry system lets artists forget about the amount of triangle optimisation needed when creating assets for game engines.
This new system handles all the new geometry detail which keeps all image resolution sharp and detailed.
Fully dynamic real-time illumination system which immediately reacts to your scene.
Quickly simulate different times of the day and changing atmospherics, volumetric clouds and fog.
Has been made free and this has been natively integrated into Unreal Engine, making your workflow even faster.
A new asset type to MegaScans, which combines existing groups of assets from the MeagScans library into one.
This features allows teams to work on smaller areas of a map, allow artists to work on section of the maps they need to save on edit time resources.
This feature improves the way in which multiple artists work on light, scene set-dressing and reworking the landscape in a single project.
Part of World Partitions, data layers allow you to categories map assets and you can enable and disable these layers to create different layered environments. Assets can easily be switched out during runtime.
This feature ensures that your animations will correct based on your environment that they interactive with.
This new feature has been added to allow users to ship content in a more modular way.
This feature manipulate route motion animations to the digital world. Basically, a user will be able to use the same jump animation and modify blueprints to enable the animation to work with other dimensioned sized assets.
This in-built rig editor allows users to edit rigs along side Sequencer, a linear cinematic animation tool. This means reducing the amount of time jumping back into your animation software.
This section combines two of the above tools to allow for cleaner and more realistic of tracking animations.
A complete revamp of the current audio system, which brings the power and flexibility which is currently found in the material editor.
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