Epic Games Announces Unreal Engine 5 Is Now Officially Available

It's been almost two years since Epic Games unveiled the next edition of Unreal Engine (Unreal Engine 5) with a stunning tech demo running on a PS5 devkit, and now the engine is officially available to all developers as of today.

It's been in early access for the past year, but this is the official launch — we already know that The Coalition, GSC Game World, Quantum Error, InXile Entertainment and others have been working with the engine for some time.

And of course, arguably the most high-profile use of Unreal Engine 5 to date was for The Matrix Awakens demo on Xbox Series X and S, which was an attempt to show what was possible with the new engine on next-generation consoles.

It's still probably going to be some time before we see the true potential of Unreal Engine 5 realised in blockbuster Xbox games, but interestingly Epic has confirmed that Fortnite switched to UE5 at the start of Chapter 3 late last year.

"Unreal Engine 5 will empower creators across all industries to deliver stunning next-generation games, experiences, and other real-time content."

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