UNREAL ENGINE

NEXT-GEN HUB

Unreal Engine is next-gen ready. Hear from Epic Games and industry experts around the world about the tools and opportunities that are enabling teams of all sizes to create truly next-gen games.

NEXT-GEN NOW


Unreal Engine 4.25 already supports Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X, and Epic is working closely with console manufacturers and dozens of game developers and publishers using Unreal Engine 4 to build next-gen games.

Unreal Engine 5 will be available in preview in early 2021, and in full release late in 2021, supporting next‑generation consoles, current-generation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Unreal Engine is designed for forward compatibility, so you can get started with next-gen development now in UE4 and move your projects to UE5 when ready. 

Key Unreal Engine features

Nanite (UE5)

Nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry frees artists to create as much geometric detail as the eye can see.

Lumen (UE5)

Lumen is a fully dynamic global Illumination solution that immediately reacts to scene and light changes, allowing for more interactive and dynamic virtual worlds.

World building

Build realistic environments with non-destructive landscape creation and editing tools and an accurate atmospheric sky model.

Niagara VFX

Niagara is a node-based programmable VFX system that empowers artists to create everything from particle effects to fluid simulations and flocking behaviors for a variety of scenarios—from generating effects used in Fortnite to high-end technical demonstration projects and virtual production for TV and film.

Chaos physics

High-performance physics system enabling cinematic-quality levels of destruction on a massive scale in real time.

Next-gen platform support

We’ve added first-class support for Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X consoles, with the aim of delivering full feature parity with previous-generation consoles.

Industry-leading graphics

Achieve awe-inspiring visual content out of the box with Unreal Engine’s physically based rasterized and ray-traced rendering. Take advantage of advanced dynamic shadow options, screenspace and true 3D reflections, versatile lighting tools, and a flexible node-based material editor to create the most realistic real-time content imaginable.  

Robust multiplayer framework

For over two decades, Unreal Engine’s multiplayer framework has been battle-tested across many platforms and game types to produce some of the industry’s most engaging multiplayer experiences. Unreal Engine ships with a scalable and proven client/server architecture to bring instant viability to any project’s multiplayer component.

Full access to C++ source code

With free access to all C++ source code, you can study, customize, extend, and debug the entirety of Unreal Engine, and ship your project without obstruction. Our source code repository on GitHub is continually updated as we develop features in our own mainline, so you don’t even have to wait for the next product release to get your hands on the very latest code.

Blueprints: create without coding

With artist-friendly Blueprint visual scripting, you can rapidly prototype and ship interactive content without touching a line of code. Use Blueprints to build object behaviors and interactions, modify user interfaces, adjust input controls, and so much more. You can even visualize gameplay flow and inspect properties while testing your work using the powerful built-in debugger.

Quixel Megascans

Every Unreal Engine license comes with free access to the entire Quixel Megascans library for use in Unreal Engine. Based on real-world scans, this premium-quality library features thousands of 3D and 2D PBR assets with optimized topology, UVs and LODs, and consistent scale and resolution.

Profiling and performance

Unreal Engine includes a large number of tools to help you profile, analyze, and optimize your project for real-time performance by identifying and removing bottlenecks. The most recent addition is the Unreal Insights system that collects, analyzes, and visualizes data on Unreal Engine behavior, helping you understand engine performance either live or from pre-recorded sessions.

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Unreal Engine 5 is being designed with forward compatibility in mind, so you can start with next-gen development now in UE 4.25 and move your projects to UE5 when you're ready.

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