During the State of Unreal live stream, Epic Games announced that Unreal Engine 5 is now available to all developers. The engine comes with a starter game called Lyra as well as a Matrix tech demo.
Epic Games' Unreal Engine 5 is now available to all developers, Epic announced today during the State of Unreal live stream. Epic Games CEO Tom Sweeney said the latest iteration of the popular video games development tool is ready for download via Epic Games Store, allowing developers to jump right in and start creating games.
During the live stream, Epic Games also announced that Unreal Engine 5 is launching with a full starter game called Lyra, allowing developers to take the project and improve it with their own assets and ultimately build an entirely new game.
The impressive Matrix tech demo is also available as a sample project, which means everyone who installs the Unreal Engine 5 also gets the Matrix demo to play around with.
The Epic Games developers also talked about other features such as Quixel, a database of ready-made assets that devs can simply drag and drop to their projects. A large database of assets is also free to use in addition to paid assets that can be found in the store.
Additionally, Xbox Game Studio The Coalition showcased their own Unreal Engine 5 test demo, while CD Projekt Red talked about their decision to switch to Unreal Engine 5 for the next Witcher game. You can check out the full live stream in the video above for more info.