Epic Games: New Engine Partially Rewritten Due To The PlayStation 5, Freebies = Better Sales

Epic Games shows up in the news recently, although due to the Unreal Engine 5 reveal, it makes sense (speaking of UE5, yesterday, we discussed the „continuum” between films and games).

„By doing a bulk deal with a game developer where we just pay them for the right to release their game for free for one week on the Epic Games Store, we’ve been able to get an amazing array of games to gamers and encourage people to play types of games and genres that they never thought about playing before.

If you’re not into games like Satisfactory, you’re not going to go and spend money to buy it, but if you get it for free you realize it’s an awesome game. People have discovered a lot of great games that way. It’s been a benefit for game developers. Most developers who launch their games for free on the store found that their sales on Steam and console platforms increased after they went free on Epic because of increased awareness and so it’s been a positive thing and it’s brought tens of millions of new users into the Epic Games ecosystem and that’s been a wonderful thing for the company.” Tim Sweeney, the head and founder of Epic Games, told GameSpot. One such free launch will be A Total War Saga: Troy on August 13 for a day.

„The PlayStation 5 provides a huge leap in both computing and graphics performance, but its storage architecture is also truly special. The ability to stream in content at extreme speeds enables developers to create denser and more detailed environments, changing how we think about streaming content. It’s so impactful that we’ve rewritten our core I/O subsystems for Unreal Engine with the PlayStation 5 in mind,” Nick Penwarden, VP of engineering at Epic Games told VG247.

Sweeney explained on Twitter that their work will benefit all platforms (PC, Xbox Series X): „There has been a massive effort to upgrade Unreal Engine loading and streaming to ensure CPU doesn’t become the bottleneck. PS5 has provided much of the impetus, but the work will benefit all platforms.”

The Unreal Engine 5 will launch in late 2021 to the public. The first game using it will likely be Fortnite next summer.

Source: WCCFTech, VG247

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