Crystal Dynamics announces the return of Lara Croft, with a new Tomb Raider game that will use the full power of Unreal Engine 5.
This is an unexpected announcement, but one that warms our hearts. The Crystal Dynamics studio has just announced the development of a brand new game tomb Raider, and this in conditions that we did not imagine. Indeed, it was during the presentation of Unreal Engine 5, officially on the market, that the studio spoke, explaining that the next tomb Raider will be one of the first games powered by the engine.
This is great news for both fans of tomb Raiderwho will be able to benefit from a game at the cutting edge of technology, but also for Epic Games, which intends to conquer ground with Unreal Engine 5, its most powerful engine to date, and already capable of incomparable technical prowess.
Crystal Dynamics is incredibly excited about the future of Unreal and how it will help us take our storytelling to the next level. That’s why we’re proud to announce that our next #tomb Raider game is being built on Unreal Engine 5! pic.twitter.com/UFMiWzJAZc
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) April 5, 2022
At the moment we don’t have much information about the next one yet. tomb Raider, which should continue the reboot saga where we left off. However, no official image has been released. Crystal Dynamics also took advantage of this announcement to send a message to fans of the franchise, explaining the link that now unites Epic Games and the studio:
“We’ve just started development on our next game Tomb Raider, powered by Unreal Engine 5. Our goal is to push the boundaries of fidelity and deliver the high-quality, cinematic action-adventure experience fans deserve. the part of Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise.”
Unreal Engine 5, the future of video games?
The main purpose of this announcement was above all to promote Unreal Engine 5, which we have known about for a while now, but which was not officially usable. This is now the case, while Epic Games declares that the graphics engine is downloadable. But then, what does it bring new compared to Unreal Engine 4?
The answer is obviously very complex since it affects many specific technological areas, but it can be summed up in two words: Nanite and Lumen. These are the two main aspects that make up the power of Unreal Engine 5. Nanite is the name given to the technology that allows Epic Games to increase the level of detail of environments and characters, using geometric shapes. Lumen acts on the lighting, the play of light and shadow, which gains in dynamism and realism. These two aspects, powered by many other things, allow Unreal Engine 5 to reach a new level of photorealism.
Crystal Dynamics is also not the only studio to want to take advantage of the performance of Unreal Engine 5 for its future games. This is also the case of CD Projekt Red, which recently announced a new saga of games The Witcher. These will also be developed using the latest generation graphics engine from Epic Games.