Fortnite moves to Unreal Engine 5

Epic Games has announced that following the launch of Fortnite Chapter 3, the game will migrate to Unreal Engine 5, the latest version of the Unreal graphics engine.

Fabulous last year Unreal Engine 5 tech demo Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, said that Fortnite will switch to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021, and that the new version will “do things that cannot be done with today’s technology.”

Earlier this year, Early Access version of Unreal Engine 5 is officially released and game developers were allowed to test new tools and features in the next generation engine. Also, new Unreal Engine 5 tech demos and projects are already starting to emerge.

Major studios like Gears of War’s dev team The Coalition have already started working on the new engine, showing players a stunning Unreal Engine 5 tech demo. Also, last week, the Matrix game, Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 experience on PSN was leaked.

But Fortnite has shifted all development to Unreal Engine 5, taking the engine’s technology beyond the demo version, and this takes Fortnite one step further than other projects. Unreal Engine 5 will support current and next generation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS and Android when fully released.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer at MRT.

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