What Fortnite in Unreal Engine 5 will look like!
It’s been about a month since Unreal Engine 5 was demoed and within the gaming space, this is huge news! With every iteration of Unreal Engine (UE), performance gets better, tools get updated, and features are added and so is a whole sleuth of extra benefits. Considering Fortnite is owned by Epic Games, who own the Unreal Engine, Fortnite will be one of the first, if not the first game to use Unreal Engine 5. But what does that mean for the players?
While Fortnite had already launched on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 with added high-resolution textures, it’s not exactly what we should expect from “Next-gen” titles. As developers still have to get used to development on new generation systems, within time, we’ll see truer next-gen games come to the market. Of course, there are other engines out there that are already capable of producing next-gen graphics and performance, most developers are still in the early stages for next-gen development.
It’s not every day that a game changes or upgrades the engine that they’re using. However, the beauty of Unreal Engine is that everything that’s done in UE4 can also be done and added onto in UE5, which is not something that every game engine can do.
Again, what does that mean for the players? Well, first things first, you can expect much better performance in general, in terms of frame rates, loading times, etc, would be upgraded. So you can at the very least expect that. Furthermore, you’ll have a new particle effects system that would allow for much cooler, dynamic and colourful effects. On top of that, UE5 has a new global illumination and reflections system called LUMEN, which is an absolute dream for developers. It renders diffuse inter-reflection with infinite bounces and indirect specular reflections in large, detailed environments at scales ranging from millimetres to kilometres.
However, while graphics, performance and pretty much everything else will be updated in Fortnite, we shouldn’t expect the migration to happen overnight, rather the UE5 patch should come in early 2022.
With the migration to UE5, you can still expect Cross-play to be supported. PS5 players will be able to play against or with PS4 players and the same goes for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One players. It’s still unclear whether PlayStation or Xbox will be able to cross-play with Nintendo Switch. Only time will tell.
An interesting point made by Epic Games, is that they hope to optimize the game further this current generation well before Unreal Engine 5 launches early next year, which means we may even see better looking PS4/5 and Xbox versions of Fortnite later this year.
Epic hasn’t gone into detail on what next-gen Fortnite will look like, but from what we can tell, it’s not going to be a simple port like they’re done with the current PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions. What you can expect is Epic to be able to put on much bigger and crazier events. The newer engine also provides greater detail for destruction. The way UE5 handles the destruction of models and environments is epic (pun intended) and we can’t wait to see how it all plays out!
Considering it’s Fortnite, the game that made $9B in just 2 years, whether you like it or not, it’s an absolutely huge game. So it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a next-gen version of it. It’s inevitable, so this news shouldn’t be shocking for anyone, but definitely exciting nonetheless. You should also expect a number of live-service games like Fortnite to get next-gen ports and news should be coming soon!
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