Epic Games announced today that Unreal Engine 5 is now in early access. The company elaborated on the tool on its blog and outlined the new features that will be available for early access.
Unreal Engine 5 is the latest game engine from Epic Games that game developers and filmmakers use to create their art. Those interested in signing up for early access and testing the new engine can access it through the Epic Launcher.
With the announcement of Early Access, Epic Games released a 15-minute technical demo called Valley of the Ancient, which highlights all the new, key features of Unreal Engine 5. While Unreal Engine 5 is not ready for production, there are plenty of game developers and enthusiasts out there to try and experiment with the tool.
This latest generation completely changes the UI and uses new features such as nanite and lumen. The new UI for the game engine streamlines a significant amount of access to features for developers.
Content browsers can now be accessed via hotkeys and the Editor tab can be opened and closed on the right side of the screen. Nanite is a “virtualized micropolygon geometry system” that allows incredible amounts of detail in geometric shapes in large-scale playable locations. The Lumen feature gives developers the ability to create photorealistic lighting that is compatible with the geometry and light sources in the engine.
Those who want to get into the finer details can read the notes issued on the Unreal Engine site.