The demo is called The Cavern and demonstrates how movie-quality assets can be rendered in real-time.
During Epic Games' State of Unreal event, The Coalition, a Canadian video game development studio best known for their Gears of War series, presented a stunning tech demo called The Cavern. The demo was made using Unreal Engine 5 to demonstrate the power and capabilities of the newly released engine. The team also noted that The Cavern does not reflect any games they are currently developing.
"The Cavern shows how movie quality assets – featuring tens of millions of polygons – can be rendered in real-time, a massive 100x leap forward in graphic detail," writes the Xbox team.
"This was truly a studio-wide effort to create our first-ever cinematic in UE5 – as well as our first time using Sequencer – and we had a lot of fun making it. A couple of things we’re really proud of are the facial animations and just the overall quality of the character model," says Kate Rayner, Technical Director at The Coalition. "We were able to utilize a preliminary version of our next-gen face rig and hire an actor wearing a head-cam to capture performance, and partner with Cubic Motion to bring it all to life. That, coupled with Control Rig, helped us create someone who looks and moves in the most realistic ways we’ve ever done, and it’s incredibly exciting to think where we can go next. We also utilized Chaos cloth physics to get to a really high level of visual fidelity."