The Unreal Engine 5 was showcased by Epic Games today which featured a real-time PlayStation 5 tech demo titled “Lumens in the Land of Nanite” which is not even any sort of a game in development but is still pretty much playable. Epic Games CTO, Kim Libreri said, “It is not a real game!”, but Sweeney interjected with a surprising twist by saying that, “It is playing 100% in real-time on the PS5 and you do have full control over the character.”
It turned out that game is not in development and has no plans for future release; it just functions on its own.
Libreri confirmed by saying that, “It is totally playable.” “In fact, if GDC happened we would have let people play through the thing”, he further added.
This means that Epic Games did not create a fully playable game for the PlayStation5; however, they did build a working & playable demo running with the help of PS5 dev kit. In an interview, Libreri told IGN that, “I think a lot of people [will ask], ‘Oh is [the demo] real?’ But you know that demo was grabbed from the back of a PlayStation 5 development kit. An HDMI cable went into a disc recorder and played out real-time — no editing, no tricks, that’s what comes off the box.”
This means that you won’t be able to play Lumens in the Land of Nanite when the PS5 is released. Tim Sweeney stated,
“The technologies that we’re showing today [are] going to enable entirely new types of games that we can’t even envision yet. And that’s the exciting part. We can’t even imagine yet what this is going to enable the industry to do.”