• Alberto Mezzalira

Gears of War studio will show off a new Unreal Engine 5 demo at GDC 2021 this month

The Coalition's technical director Kate Rayner and technical art director Colin Penty will present the ‘Alpha Point' demo, created on Xbox Series X specifically to evaluate Unreal Engine 5, as it will be used for Coalition's upcoming projects.

The hour-long session will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 1.20pm PT / 4.20pm ET / 9.20pm BST.

“The talk will cover the learnings the team had while creating Nanite-resolution assets and incorporating them into a fully real-time lighting scenario with Lumen and Virtual Shadow Maps, performance and memory observations will be covered for Xbox Series X and S, as well as VFX, Blueprint, material setup, Temporal Super Resolution, and Virtual Texture findings. The Coalition will also cover some preliminary findings on next-gen character creation and MetaHumans integration, demoing a next-generation character test running on Xbox Series X.” The official description says.

GDC 2021 will be an all-digital event this year, running from July 19-23. The Coalition said in May that it was preparing to shift its focus to next-gen development using UE5.

On the other hand, the studio will not announce any new games in the near future. The Coalition will continue to support Gears 5 through Operation 8, which will include new characters, maps and special events, and will also provide store updates featuring “exciting new content as well as featured playlists” through the end of 2021.

“As we look to future games, we’re excited to start shifting our resources to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5, Gears of War has always been at the front of Unreal Engine development – as a breakout 720p title for Xbox 360 through last year’s 120FPS multiplayer update for Xbox Series X|S – and we’re excited to continue that tradition by developing on UE5 for multiple new projects in the coming years. Shifting to a new engine is a big undertaking, so we want to be clear that we will not be announcing any new projects or titles for some time.” The company said in May.

During the same period, Epic Games revealed a new UE5 demo of a sample project called Valley of the Ancient. It also released UE5 in early access, which developers can download from the Epic Games launcher.