Epic is not just the developer of success Fortnite, it also has its own engine for creating games: Unreal. Many of us already know this, but the company has stated that more than 50% of the games made today are using this engine. Even the giant CD Projekt Red has already confirmed that it exchanged its own technology for the most recent option of the American company.
According to Nick Penwarden, VP of Engineering at Epic Games, half of the titles being developed for the current generation of consoles are using the tools and resources of the Unreal Engine.
The executive reported this in an interview with the The Verge, highlighting the engine’s growing popularity among studios. Penwarden did not specify which versions are the most used, but points out that he is “happily surprised” with companies that have switched from version 4 to the most current version, 5:
When we set out to build Unreal Engine 5, having that backwards compatibility to be able to bring games from UE4 was really important to us, and so it’s been really nice to see developers embrace that.
On Tuesday (15), the company released the graphics engine version 5.1🇧🇷 Some of the improvements include the ability for professionals to create 3D content faster and to run their games at 60 frames per second on consoles and PCs.
Upcoming The Witcher and Dragon Quest use UE 5
More and more studios are interested in using Unreal Engine 5 in their titles. For example, Square Enix confirmed that Dragon Quest XII: The Flames Of Fate is being developed with the tools of Epic Games. It is worth remembering that its predecessor, DQ XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age used version number 4 of the technology.
Another name that took over UE5 was CD Projekt Red. The Polish company confirmed that it gave up its REDengine engine to work with Epic’s option on the next game in the franchise The Witcher🇧🇷 This is a “many years of strategic partnership”, according to the developer.
For something closer to reaching consoles, the cooperative multiplayer masterpiece redfall, from Arkane Studios, is also using the latest edition of this engine. That is, much of what we are going to play in 2023 and beyond has the hands of the brand.
Games, tool and platform
This all pretty much represents the current influence that Epic has in the industry. In this sense, in addition to having one of the most popular titles in recent years in its catalog, the company offers a key tool for building its own market.
Furthermore, we cannot forget that it created a platform to compete with Steam: the Epic Games Store. So, you can see that the brand’s goal is to direct players to its own ecosystem.