Environment 3D artist Lorenzo Drago (also known as subjectn) shocked the gaming community with his extremely realistic demo of the Lumen technology on Unreal Engine 5. A video published on YouTube features the Etchū-Daimon train station in Japan. Suddenly, the day turns into a horror night with unbelievably realistic lighting and shadows.

Drago wrote in a post on ArtStation that the idea was to get "as close to photorealism as possible."

I used camera matching to get accurate proportions and made careful use of reference. I adjusted the measurements afterwards to help with modularity.

The artist added that all textures were made from scratch in Painter and Unreal. Drago also used a real-time VR tracking headset to emulate a handheld camera and flashlight. And all these efforts have indeed paid off as Twitter went crazy about how detailed and horrific the final result turned out.

MrDalekJD, a UK gaming YouTuber with over 2.5 million subscribers, took to Twitter to express his thoughts, to put it mildly:

Other game influencers were also shocked by the quality of the demo:

Even Geoff Keighley, the host of the video game show GameTrailers TV, couldn't help but notice that "video games will just keep getting better" with the latest generation of gaming engines.

Lumen is Unreal Engine 5's dynamic global illumination and reflections system that allows next-generation consoles and high-performance PCs to reflect diffuse interreflection with almost infinite bounces.

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