Last December, The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience caused quite a stir. The playable tech demo gives an impressive look at what real NextGen titles could look like – a big step towards what’s commonly considered
(cinematic) photorealistic is understood. To illustrate this with an example:
Neo-actor Keanu Reeves appears in The Matrix Awakens as both a real human and an animated character. The two keep swapping places, but the difference is hardly recognizable anymore. The freely exploreable megacity from the Matrix universe does not detract from this: we have never encountered more realistic buildings and streets in any game or tech demo. If you haven’t seen it before, check out the video below:
The Matrix Awakens – Unreal Engine 5 flexes its muscles in stunning tech demo.
The Matrix Awakens: Now without engine experience on the PC
However, there is a catch: The Matrix Awakens is available for Microsoft and Sony’s Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles as a complete package that you simply download and start like a normal game. Until now, however, in order to be able to enjoy the tech demo on the PC, you had to go through a not exactly uncomplicated detour via installing the underlying Unreal Engine 5, including creating your own project, and so on. This requires at least basic knowledge of handling Epic’s game engine.
But the emphasis is on
so far. Because the YouTuber Xenthorx has the so-called
City Sample, which is a free download on the Epic Marketplace, is now turned into an easy-to-use package. It does exist here to downloadyou just need the file
CitySample.exe execute and you start directly in the megacity from Matrix.
The Matrix Awakens
This is what the future of open world games looks like
Bring a little patience!
If you want to jump straight into the 18 gigabyte download, which is even based on the unreleased version 5.1 of the new Unreal Engine and is supposed to improve performance: You may not get through it right away and Google Drive will point this out to you that you should try again later. Apparently the tech demo is quite popular and a lot of users download it at the same time.
link to YouTube content
In the video above, the creator of the packed version of The Matrix Awakens Xenthorox shows you how the whole thing plays and what options are available to you:
Are you now really in the mood for The Matrix Awakens? Do you download it right away, or have you maybe even tried it out? Write it to us in the comments!
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