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Gears dev The Coalition shows what Unreal Engine 5 can do on Xbox Series X|S with new tech demo

The Coalition Gdc 2021 Alpha Point
The Coalition Gdc 2021 Alpha Point (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios (screenshot))

What you need to know

  • The Coalition is one of the 23 studios at Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks.
  • The Coalition shared a technical demo called Alpha Point that was designed to test Unreal Engine 5 on Xbox and PC.
  • The test is not indicative of any games The Coalition is working on.

The Coalition, developer of the Gears of War franchise, shared its GDC 2021 demo to the public today. This demo, referred to as "Alpha Point," is not a game or indicative of anything related to a game The Coalition is working on right now. Instead, it was designed to help the studio understand just how Unreal Engine 5 runs on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC.

If you're interested in the full presentation, with in-depth developer-focused talk on the studio's work with Unreal Engine 5, you can watch the entire thing. Otherwise, you can check out the technical demo specifically below.

You can also take a look at some character renders:

The Coalition is not the only Xbox studio working with Unreal Engine 5, as Ninja Theory previously confirmed that Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is being developed using that engine.

Recent reports indicate that The Coalition may be working on a new IP but if so, it won't be directly related to anything shown in these demonstrations. Instead, these are technical learnings that'll help the studio produce better work in the future.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

2 Comments
  • Impressive. Look forward to seeing games made with UE5
  • The lighting effects from the door would be really nice in Hellblade. Also if they manage to actually get that level of detail in hair in a video game this generation I will be absolutely gobsmacked.