Unreal Engine 5 is now available in Early Access to game developers, offering them the opportunity to start testing features and prototyping their upcoming games.
Unreal Engine 5 will deliver the freedom, fidelity, and flexibility to create next-generation games. Groundbreaking new features such as Nanite and Lumen provide a generational leap in visual fidelity, while the new World Partition system enables the creation of expansive worlds with scalable content. As always, we’re committed to battle-testing the engine in-house, as we prepare to ship Fortnite on UE5 across all platforms down the line.
Unreal Engine 5 is expected to ship in early 2022, and will empower creators across all industries to deliver stunning real-time content and experiences. The Early Access build has only been tested on game development workflows and offers a chance for game developers to go hands-on with some of our most exciting new features. Additional features and other improvements for all industries will be part of the full Unreal Engine 5.0 release in early 2022.
Details on the key features of UE5 and how to get Early Access can be found at www.unrealengine.com/ue5. You can also download Epic’s new sample project, Valley of the Ancient, to start exploring the new features of UE5. Valley of the Ancient is a rich and practical example of how the new features included with Unreal Engine 5 Early Access can be used, and is the result of Epic’s internal stress-testing. Users are welcome to modify the project and make it your own using Unreal Engine.