Epic Games has finally launched a long-awaited fifth generation of its game engine — Unreal Engine 5.

While some of the new features have already been production-proven for game development in Fortnite and The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience demo, the company said in a blog post that the latest generation also includes such updates as a real-time rendering feature, built-in new 3D characters, and animation tools.

Epic hopes the new version of the game engine will give game developers and creators a tool to "realize next-generation real-time 3D content and experiences with greater freedom, fidelity, and flexibility than ever before."

Just like with the previous generation, Unreal Engine 5 supports a big set of platforms where projects can be released, including Windows PC, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Android.

And to boost the adoption of Unreal's latest generation, Epic is also working on other tools like a mobile 3D scanner called "RealityScan" that is designed to turn any real item into a 3D model. Currently in beta only, the app is far from its final version though as the quality it delivers is not as good-looking as Epic is featuring in its marketing.

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