Recently, developers confirmed that Fortnite is going to be a next-gen title across various platforms. Then, they will rebuild the game using Unreal Engine 5.
In addition to releasing details about this migration to UE5, the official Unreal Engine blog also showcased a new real time demo on PS5. You can watch the non Fortnite related demo below.
“We’ve just released a first look at Unreal Engine 5. One of our goals in this next generation is to achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life, and put it within practical reach of development teams of all sizes through highly productive tools and content libraries.” – Unreal Engine
The blogpost goes on to explain the core technologies that are to debut in Unreal Engine 5: Nanite and Lumen.
“Nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry frees artists to create as much geometric detail as the eye can see.”
“Lumen is a fully dynamic global illumination solution that immediately reacts to scene and light changes.”
According to the post, a preview will be available by early 2021, and the full release will follow later. In the meantime, Fortnite’s release will take place:
“We will release Fortnite, built with UE4, on next-gen consoles at launch and, in keeping with our commitment to prove out industry-leading features through internal production, migrate the game to UE5 in mid-2021.” – UE.
On another note, Epic Online Services are going to become available for free to UE developers. This collection of tools developed for Fortnite include friends lists, matchmaking, lobbies, leaderboards and system agnostic accounts.