What you need to know
- The Matrix Awakens, an Unreal Engine 5 "experience," is now available for pre-download.
- It's free and available on Xbox Series X|S and PS5.
- The Matrix Awakens is set to go live during the Game Awards on Dec. 9, 2021.
The Matrix Awakens is an upcoming real-time tech demo "experience" designed using Unreal Engine 5. Exclusive to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5, this experience is now available for pre-download. You can check out the teaser video below, which features a realistic-looking digital Keanu Reeves:
Developed by members of the film production crew, including director Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Awakens is set to go live on Dec. 9, 2021 during the Game Awards 2021. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who play Neo and Trinity in the Matrix films, are among the presenters at the Game Awards 2021. According to the store descriptions for The Matrix Awakens, both actors are also part of the tech demo. The fourth mainline film in the Matrix saga, The Matrix: Resurrections, is currently slated to be available in theaters and on HBO Max on Dec. 22, 2021.
Unreal Engine 5 isn't widespread for game development yet, but there are a few games that are being developed right now using Epic Games's latest engine. Some of these include the upcoming survival-shooter STALKER 2 and Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 from Ninja Theory.
See what's possible
The Matrix Awakens isn't a new game, but instead a tech demo giving a glimpse at what could be possible with Unreal Engine 5 in the future.
Neat...A thing developed in PCs that's not made available for PCs...I see a slight bias. Or maybe they didn't find the "compile for PC" button in their PCs running Unreal Engine... /s
The map they procedurally generated at design time will be available as a UE project when the next version is officially released next spring.
Ah, good old engine tech demos, they look great, but the games never reach the same potential.
You should really play it.
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