Xbox Game Studio’s Gears of War team, The Coalition, is no stranger to the Unreal Engine and has been working on the latest version of Unreal Engine 5, which is available in full today. In conjunction with the release of the engine, The Coalition showcased its cinematic experimentation with the technology in an introductory video titled “The Cavern”.
According to the video, the demo is not representative of a game in production. “The Cavern” features a man in a dark cave, facing an imposing and impressively rendered plume of smoke, moving in abrupt ways the smoke shouldn’t, and a deadly creature hide inside. The man only had in his hand a sharp, glowing crystal to defend himself against the dangers lurking in the dark.
The environment in “The Cavern” runs on Xbox Series X and is built with 100 million triangles. All reflections and lighting in the demo are displayed in real time. The man alone is made with 160k polygons on his body, 31k on his face, and 3.5 million in his beard and hair, and looks great. You can see it all in action in the video above.
Xbox has posted an interview with Kate Rayner, director of studio engineering at The Coalition, about the studio’s use of Unreal Engine 5 to date. Rayner says the team has been working on the tool since before early access and has contributed fixes and collaborated with Epic Games to make UE5 optimal for use on Xbox consoles. .
Rayner also spoke about the Confederacy’s involvement in bringing Tech demo The Matrix Awakens to Series X and S in December, and has made a lot of progress in getting the engine ready on Xbox. “It’s real for us to deliver this next-generation experience on Xbox Series S with all the same features, including ray tracing that we have Xbox Series X with at such an incredible level of quality,” Rayner said. This partnership has resulted in improvements to Xbox development software, with runtime optimizations, bug fixes, and tool improvements benefiting all developers. “
“The Cavern” is undeniably impressive looking and hopefully a great sign of great things to come from The Coalition and other teams under the umbrella of Xbox Game Studios. For more on Unreal Engine 5 coverage, check out Announcement of the engine releaseand then read about new Tomb Raider title comes from Crystal Dynamics powered by UE5.