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Epic Games gives early access to 3D tool Unreal Engine 5

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Fortnite developer Epic Games on Wednesday announced that its 3D creation platform Unreal Engine 5 is now available in early access to game developers offering them the opportunity to start testing features and prototyping their upcoming games.

The real-time 3D creation platform Unreal Engine 5 will deliver the freedom, fidelity and flexibility to create next-generation games that will blow players’ minds.

“Groundbreaking new features such as Nanite and Lumen provide a generational leap in visual fidelity, while the new World Partition system enables the creation of expansive worlds with scalable content,” the company said in a statement.

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“As always, we’re committed to battle-testing the engine in-house, as we prepare to ship Fortnite on Unreal Engine 5 across all platforms down the line,” it added.

Unreal Engine 5 is expected to ship in early 2022 and will empower creators across all industries to deliver stunning real-time content and experiences.

The early access build has only been tested on game development workflows and offers a chance for game developers to go hands-on with some of our most exciting new features.

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Additional features and other improvements for all industries will be part of the full Unreal Engine 5.0 release in early 2022.

Meanwhile, the much-reported trial between Apple and Epic Games that began on May 5 was wrapped up this week except for the verdict, as the companies got involved in a legal battle over the use of an in-game payment system.

The Fortnite game was removed from App Store in August last year after the company allegedly violated rules by adding an in-game payment system aimed at depriving Apple of its commission on in-app purchases from App Store.

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