Unreal Engine 5.2 Looks Like Real Life: Epic Games Releases New Preview

The State of Unreal presentation recently took place, during which Epic Games presented the capabilities of their engine and the new 5.2 update. And basically, Unreal Engine is becoming "unreal".

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A real breakthrough in the world of game visualization: We haven't seen such a graphical improvement before. | © Epic Games

During the State of Unreal presentation taking place at GDC 2023 (Game Developers Conference), producer Epic Games presented a tech demo of the new version of Unreal Engine 5.2.

The new version of the engine represents further improvements and another step towards even better optimization and graphic visualization. It focused mainly on the interaction of individual game elements with each other, realistic water simulation and features related to procedurally generated worlds.

Unreal Engine 5.2 Preview - The Real Life Look

The latest tech demo reveals the potential of this tool in version 5.2 that is really impressive. Anyway, just have a look...

The new features of Unreal Engine 5.2 are captured in the technology demo "Electric Dreams". The footage shows a photorealistic Rivian R1T electric pickup truck making its way through an environment filled with lush greenery.

After watching the presentation, we can conclude only one thing - this looks like real life.

Unreal Engine 5.2 - New Shading System

A new shading system called Substrance, in fact, allows several shading models to be superimposed to get even closer to realism.

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And no, that's not a picture of a jungle - that's Unreal Engine 5.2 | © Epic Games

Unreal Engine 5.2 - Realistic Simulation Of The Environment

The new realism system lends remarkable authenticity to the game. The detailed nature of the created world and its smallest elements work closely together and there are natural interactions between them.

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Just pay attention to the positioning of the wheels and the entire suspension of the car.... | © Epic Games

Unreal Engine 5.2 - Procedurally Generated Open Worlds

Unreal Engine 5.2 also includes Procedural Content Generation, a tool for procedurally generating content in the editor.

The graphic designer provides a few rules and parameters, and the tool in response generates an extensive and detailed area, which of course can be edited manually as needed.

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Open world generated by Procedural Content Generation | © Epic Games

Unreal Engine 5.2 is the culmination of realism in gaming. This will open the door to incredible games and should make their development far easier.

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