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.
The team also shared a real-time character rendering test on #XboxSeriesX and their discoveries on what’s possible with next-gen character creation using #UE5. Here at The Coalition, we’re excited to be on the leading edge of the future of next-gen gaming. https://t.co/MeUu1SNl8r
— The Coalition Studio (@CoalitionGears) July 26, 2021
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.
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.