Experience Motion Matching, physics-based animation, and procedural layering.
Fortnite Chapter 5 is here, bringing new sights, cars, bosses (including Peter Griffin from Family Guy), quests, gear, and so much more. But our readers are probably more interested in one of the most substantial yet subtle changes in the new update: animation.
The developers worked hard for this release, and the cartoonish game has become a little more realistic thanks to improved, more fluid and detailed, animations. Fortnite Battle Royale players can see the difference in transitioning from walking to running, changing directions, and using a weapon – all because of procedural layering and Motion Matching, Unreal Engine's animation pose selection system.
If you're playing this mode on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or PC, you'll also experience physics-based animation, meaning everything moves just a little more believably, including Gliders, which have more detailed animations.
According to Animation Production Lead Colin Friday, this animation overhaul has been cooking for a year now, and the final result sure looks smoother and less jarring than the old motions. This is possible thanks to Unreal Engine 5, as version 5.1 was introduced in Chapter 4, bringing next-gen features such as Nanite, Lumen, Virtual Shadow Maps, and Temporal Super Resolution.
Image credit: Epic Games
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