Gears Dev The Coalition is the first major AAA studio to upgrade to Unreal Engine 5
In 2020, Epic Games provided our first look at Unreal Engine 5 via their mind-blowing ‘Lumen in the Land of Nanite’ demo, and yet, nearly a year later, we haven’t heard much about the games. actually using UE5. At this point, it’s literally a list – the next Senua: Hellblade II saga from Ninja Theory. InXile Entertainment has also stated that its next unnamed RPG will use the engine. Well, now another Microsoft-owned studio, Gears developer The Coalition, has announced that they are boarding the Unreal Engine 5 train! Unfortunately, the Vancouver, Canada-based studio hasn’t confirmed which UE5 games it’s working on, but it’s still the first major AAA studio to announce support for the engine. Here is what the Coalition had to say on the subject…
As we look to future games, we’re excited to start shifting our resources to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5. Gears of War has always been at the forefront of business development. ‘Unreal Engine – as a 720p title for Xbox 360 until the end. 120FPS Multiplayer Update of the Year for Xbox Series X / S – and we’re excited to continue this tradition by developing on UE5 for several new projects in the years to come.
As for the immediate future, you can expect some new content for Gears 5, but don’t expect any new game announcements for a while.
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Gears 5 has some content along the way, and we’ll continue to release new ops across ops 7 and 8. Each op will have two drops featuring new characters, new maps, and special events. Until the end of the year, we’ll have store updates with exciting new content as well as featured playlists. Switching to a new engine is a big undertaking, so we want to be clear that we won’t be announcing any new projects or titles for some time.
For those who haven’t kept pace, Unreal Engine 5 offers various cutting-edge technologies that should change the way games are created, including Nanite, a “virtualized micropolygon geometry” system that essentially allows developers to import games. movie quality models and real-time in-game assets. Most of the games released or announced in the near future are still built on the latest gen engines like Unreal Engine 4, so it will be very interesting to see what developers can create with real next-gen technology. It’s also worth noting that the only studios that have announced they are using the UE5 so far are all owned by Microsoft, given Sony’s investment in Epic Games.
What do you think? Excited to see what the Coalition is up to with Unreal Engine 5?