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The Coalition’s New Unreal Engine 5 Tech Demo is Stunning

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The Coalition has released two videos showcasing its own tests with Unreal Engine 5 and the results are quite stunning.

The Coalition is the Xbox-owned studio behind Gears of War 5, and while that game looks really good (especially on the Xbox Series X), what the team is able to do in Unreal Engine 5 looks, well, unreal. During GDC, we got a glimpse of The Coalition’s Alpha Point developed using Unreal Engine 5, which we last saw in the Lumen in the Land of Nanite PS5 Unreal Engine 5 tech demo.

“First look at the #AlphaPoint demo,” a tweet from The Coalition made today reads. “An insight into what’s possible with #UE5, from its next-gen features such as Nanite, which allows for unlimited triangle budget, and Lumen, which allows real-time lighting with none of the traditional overheard tasks.”

As you can see in the video above, the Alpha Point technical demo demonstrates a lot of next-gen visuals from ray-tracing to realistic textures and more. It’s yet another example of how games are pushing their graphical benchmarks, with the line between real-life and what video game visuals are capable of growing even blurrier.

The Coalition released a second test video alongside the first that focuses more on character rendering. It demonstrates an ultra-realistic face with facial hear, belts and belt buckles (just imagine what Kingdom Hearts 4 might look like in Unreal Engine 5), and more.

We first got a taste of Unreal Engine 5’s capabilities in last year’s PS5 tech demo. Shortly after that, we learned that Xbox studio InXile would be using Unreal Engine 5 for its next-gen RPG. Then Sony spent $250 million to acquire a minority stake in Epic Games, which is the team behind Unreal Engine 5.

Earlier this year, Epic Games released Unreal Engine 5 alongside a new tech demo in Early Access and a day later, a developer used the tool to render 10 billion polygons of his dog having a nap.

The Coalition formally announced back in May that the Gears of War series would be moving to Unreal Engine 5 for “multiple new projects” and then two months later, The Coalition announced that it would soon show off its Unreal Engine 5 demo. Now the wait to see what else the studio does with the engine begins.

Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

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