Utilizing new technologies that can quickly render billions of polygons and create intricate patterns of light, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 will be the most powerful version of the engine we’ve seen yet. The creators of UE5 have already showcased the gorgeous, photorealistic worlds that the engine is capable of, as well as the cartoonish, goofy-ass fucking Fortnite characters that will inhabit them.
As the cutting edge developer of both Unreal Engine and Fortnite, Epic Games is uniquely positioned to bring us beautifully realized landscapes like a Rennaissance artist wielding a brush, as well as silly, blocky character designs that look like they could’ve been used in a fucking Mario game.
“A few years ago, we got together as a team and brainstormed where we thought we could push forward the state of the art and real-time graphics,” states Brian Karis, technical director of graphics at Epic Games, shortly before unveiling a spectacularly detailed virtual cave illuminated by sunbeams, traversed by a woman with inhumanly large eyes like a goddamn pixie.
Karis extolls the engine’s sound capabilities as the spaghetti-haired monster grabs onto a cliff edge with her baby hands, disturbing some pixel-perfect dust and rubble and causing the soundscape to reverberate across the cave with astonishing immersion. UE5 additionally contains the functionality for “seamless contextual animation events,” exemplified when the anime-proportioned “human” leans her hellish bizarro arm against a doorway as she passes through it.
After she’s done exploring the cave, the video ends with the rugged explorer magically flying and sprinting across thousands of yards of collapsing architecture without a single smear of the makeup which perfectly adorns her alien eyes and supermodel lips.
Epic Games will release Unreal Engine 5 in 2021 as long as they can maintain consistent funding from all children.