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The Future of Gaming, Movies, and the Metaverse

Epic Games promises the new update to its 3D software, Unreal Engine, will power the next generation of visual effects in movies, video games, and the metaverse.
The Future of Gaming, Movies, and the Metaverse

"For years, the 3D software development tool Unreal Engine has powered some of the biggest video games on the market—from Fortnite to Valorant—as well as television shows like The Mandalorian and even Porsche engineering," writes Andrew Chow for TIME. On Tuesday, Epic Games, the maker of Unreal Engine, unveiled its latest release, predicted to usher in a new era of virtual technology.

Inside Epic's Unreal Engine 5—and What It Means for the Future of Gaming, Movies, and the Metaverse (Andrew R. Chow - TIME)

Excerpt from TIME: Unreal Engine is the second-most widely used video game engine, trailing only Unity, and is known for its depth of features and visual quality. Unreal Engine 5 augments those strengths, giving its users hyper-intricate 3D detail, facial realism, and large-scale world building. Its release opens the door for Disney to create a live Mandalorian video game that looks nearly as real as the show does, for example, says Kim Libreri, the CTO at Epic Games.

Shunhankar Parijat also covers the release of Unreal Engine 5 for GamingBolt.

Unreal Engine 5 Has Launched in Full (Shubhankar Parijat - GamingBolt)

Excerpt from GamingBolt: Nearly two years into the current console generation, games will soon begin to fully utilize new and improved technologies to make generational leaps, and a big part of that, of course, is the generational leaps being made by game development engines themselves. Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 has been touting some impressive improvements, and now, after having been available in early access for nearly a year, the engine has launched in full, with its complete feature-set now available for all developers to leverage.
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The North Carolina-based Epic Games gained immense popularity in 2017 with the release of its battle royale game, Fortnite, on multiple platforms. However, in the summer of 2020, Epic Games implemented a direct payment feature in the iOS version of Fortnite in violation of Apple's App Store policies, and the company removed the game. As a result, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that its 30% commission on app sales is a violation of antitrust law.

Read the latest on the status of the court case from Ian Sherr for CNET.

In Appeal, Apple Argues Epic 'Failed to Prove' Facts of Fortnite Lawsuit (Ian Sherr - CNET)

Excerpt from CNET: Apple's 135-page filing is the latest in the legal battle it's been fighting with Epic since August 2020. On the surface, the two companies are battling over who gets how much when consumers spend money on the App Store. Apple is fighting to maintain control of its App Store, which has become such a key feature of its iPhones that the company's ads saying "there's an app for that" are referenced in crossword puzzles and on the trivia TV show Jeopardy.
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