In 2020, Epic Games went public for the first time. Nearly three years later, gamers are still waiting for the technology to go mainstream. Outside And There aren’t any UE5 games you can play right now, and the first shot probably won’t arrive until the end of the year at the earliest. None of this has stopped Epic from showcasing the engine’s latest capabilities, with a few new offerings recently At GDC 2023.
It is arguably the most impressive Senua Saga: Hellblade 2 Developer Ninja Theory shows off a new Epic game . The tool promises to make realistic face capture more accessible to independent developers by letting them use an iPhone, rather than dedicated equipment, to capture facial renderings. As you can see from the two demos shared at Epic, the tool makes it possible to quickly and accurately turn a close-up video of an actor into something the in-game studio can use. Epic said the anime will launch this summer.
Separately, Epic showed off some of the improvements coming to Unreal Engine 5.2 with a demo that features, of all things, a digital recreation of an electric truck. EV turns out to be the ideal interface for the UE 5’s new substrate shader system. This technology allows artists to create and layer different shaders as they see fit. In the demo, I gave the Epic R1T an opal body to show how a substrate can allow layers of different materials to interact with each other without creating lighting elements. The demo was also a showcase for Epic’s new suite of procedural content creation tools. It allows artists to create expanded and highly detailed levels from a small selection of handcrafted assets.
If all goes according to plan, it shouldn’t be long before the first slate of Unreal Engine 5 games arrives. Provided it’s not too late again, It is scheduled to be released this year. The fallen lords And And Two other UE5 projects, which don’t have a release date yet but have been in development for a few years now.
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