We’ve been eagerly waiting for whatever shiny new graphics Unreal Engine 5 has in store since the first demo debuted in May 2020. It turns out that the real Unreal Engine 5 was in front of us all in the form of Fortnite Chapter 3.
The official Twitter account of Unreal Engine confirmed the news on Tuesday.
With the advent of Chapter 3, @FortniteGame development has shifted to Unreal Engine 5. We’re excited to share this journey with you and work to make it the best experience possible for the entire Fortnite community.December 7, 2021
The latest phase of the ubiquitous battle royale was in need of a bigger update than usual earlier this week, which makes sense now that Unreal Engine 5 is behind new mechanics like log-destruction, lightning, and truck-swirling tornadoes.
Epic showed off new weather and environmental effects in the Chapter 3 overview trailer, but currently the only game you can find log-cutting.
Of course, cutting down those logs is a lot of fun, even if it seems limited to the large redwoods surrounding Logjam Lumberyard. Cutting down a redwood tree produces a giant log, but the rest of the tree is torn down as well, and the ensuing fall sends anyone “Timber!” enough to make.
You can also hit the logs with your pickaxe, which can result in some pretty hilarious physics accidents. Enjoy this gallery when Duel Logs worked together to crush a semi truck and blast it into the sky.
I even managed to get several logs to fall into one lake and swim downriver to a completely different lake. I’m basically a lumberjack now.
Silly fun though it may be, it’s clearly not the significant leap in lighting, environmental details, and physics that we saw in the original UE5 demo, or in the later demo world the developers created. Although it is fine. The introduction of Chapter 2 was certainly a stylistic and graphical upgrade from the game’s early stages, but Fortnite’s cartoonish style has served it well as it spins the franchise left and right, turning anything into a new skin. gives.
I reached out to Epic to see if the Unreal Engine 5 implementation has any implications for Creative Mode, where players can create their own maps and adventures. Last we heard about in mid-2020, Creative Mode was about to get full mod support, custom asset integration, and even real-time editing capabilities thanks to UE5. Unfortunately, we do not know when it is going to be fully implemented.
While we wait for more information, check out all of our Fortnite Chapter 3 guides.