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Unreal Engine 5 announced, Epic Online Services are now online

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Today Epic Games released to huge bits of news for game developers, and hopefully for gamers everywhere to get a little excited about.

Starting with Epic Online Services, it was announced today that it's live now for developers across almost all platforms (yes, Linux too). It supports Unity, Godot Engine, Unreal Engine, various stores like Steam and consoles. Giving developers a cross-platform service to hook into for matchmaking, lobbies, achievements, stats and a lot more.

The other massive bit of news is Unreal Engine 5, which was also announced today in a blog post giving a preview into its capabilities as a game engine. You can see their demonstration video below highlighting some of the features - they say it's all real-time too:

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Epic said Unreal Engine 5 will get a full release in late 2021 with a preview early next year. They've also now waived any royalties when making games with Unreal Engine on the first $1 million in gross revenue.

Curiously, the announcements for both Epic Online Services and Unreal Engine 5 don't mention Linux support. Stadia support also wasn't mentioned. EOS clearly does support Linux though, it just wasn't mentioned in the post. Hopefully it's the same for UE5 especially since UE4 does build for Linux. We've reached out to Epic Games press to confirm, will update if they reply.


Update: An Epic Games staff member said very clearly "linux isnt going anywhere" in reply to questions about Linux support for Unreal Engine 5 in the 'Unreal Slackers' Discord that I've seen today. So we can expect Linux support to continue.

The same developer later mentioned "and the context for that comment is specific to Linux support is staying in the engine and still being worked on". Just so it's real clear.

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vipor29 13 May
i can only imagine what the pc side of things will look like.the console is always lower res.
Ehvis 13 May
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vipor29i can only imagine what the pc side of things will look like.the console is always lower res.

It's a 30 fps video. It also looks very artifacty to me. Honestly not impressed considering this is a demo video under completely controlled conditions.
mirv 13 May
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vipor29i can only imagine what the pc side of things will look like.the console is always lower res.

True...but traditionally better at streaming from mass storage too. Which if they want the detail they claim, is going to have to be done.
Lomkey 13 May
It bit to soon for games to look this good with many moving parts, sad part that story, and replay valve been lacking in a lot games that look very pretty. I do like waived any royalties under the first 1 million, I do hope is not have to be on epic store to get that waiver.


Last edited by Lomkey on 13 May 2020 at 4:53 pm UTC
mirv 13 May
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"Epic Online Services has built-in support for Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, with Android and iOS coming soon.."

(It's at the bottom, FAQ section).

I wouldn't trust Epic with the data they'll harvest. The wording is careful, which means they're going to monetise it (i.e sell it to 3rd parties).
ripper 13 May
EhvisIt's a 30 fps video. It also looks very artifacty to me. Honestly not impressed considering this is a demo video under completely controlled conditions.

Look at a good source (with commentary) here:
https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/a-first-look-at-unreal-engine-5

Looks quite stunning on my end.


Last edited by ripper on 13 May 2020 at 5:00 pm UTC
pete910 13 May
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Ehvis
vipor29i can only imagine what the pc side of things will look like.the console is always lower res.

It's a 30 fps video. It also looks very artifacty to me. Honestly not impressed considering this is a demo video under completely controlled conditions.

May be you had streaming issue at the time? Looked fine for me @4k

As for the news, can't say am that interested TBH as Epics linux support toward their games has been shall I say rather lacking since the UT days.
drlamb 13 May
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Digital Foundry have also noted this is a 1440P demo, at 30FPS as already noted.


Last edited by drlamb on 13 May 2020 at 5:30 pm UTC
soulsource 13 May
UE5 is built on top of the same codebase as UE4. I would be quite (negatively) surprised if they dropped Linux support.

I mean Linux support in UE4 isn't great, but just dropping it wouldn't make much sense. Not only due to Stadia, also for dedicated servers.
Unreal Engine without Unreal Tournament? Doesn't feel right.
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