The Coalition Helped Develop The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 Experience
The Coalition helped Epic Games develop The Matrix Awakens.
One of the big surprise reveals of The Game Awards 2021 was Epic's The Matrix Awakens. This free demo acts as a demonstration for what Unreal Engine 5 can do, showcasing a detailed recreation of characters and scenes from The Matrix. Although you might think it was just made by Epic Games, it's been revealed that The Coalition has had a hand in its development.
This was revealed by an Xbox blog post detailing The Matrix Awakens. The blog says that the demo was created by Epic Games "and partners", revealing that, "One of those partners was The Coalition, the studio behind the Gears series, who have been working with Unreal Engine for many years now. With that experience under their collective belt, the team set out to support development of the project. While Epic created the demo, The Coalition got involved helping to refine and optimize their vision, having previously worked with Epic on UE4 support for Xbox Series X."
Kate Rayner, studio technical director at The Coalition, detailed how The Coalition helped Epic develop The Matrix Awakens, "We worked with Epic on the initial Unreal Engine 4 support for Xbox Series X when the new console was revealed back in March 2020… The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience is an excellent example of all of UE5’s systems coming together to make something special and noticeably next-gen,” says Rayner. “Most of all, it really got us excited for the potential of Raytracing for shadows and Lumen, Nanite at scale with Virtual Shadow Maps, and the new World Partition System tying it all together. With these technical advances, it’s never been a better time to be a gamer.”
Interestingly, there were previously reports that The Coalition was working on something besides the next Gears game that would be a smaller project for them. Although many assumed it was their Alpha Point tech demo, it's possible that this was The Matrix Awakens all along.
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