When it was announced in the spring of 2020, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 immediately made an impression with impressive technical demos. But the problem with demos of this type is that they are not playable. In order to give the curious and the impatient a glimpse of what real games will look like under Unreal Engine 5, a Japanese studio has stepped in.
The Japanese studio historia Inc. has just put online a small free game running Unreal Engine 5. The latter, which also serves as a technical demo, is called The Market of Light. For now, this Japanese experiment is only available on PC via Steam.
In The Market of Light, the player plays a firefly. The latter aims to collect orbs of light scattered around a market. According to the developers of the game, it is a question of a lifespan ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.
According to historia Inc., this technical demo was carried out using an early access version of Unreal Engine 5. The Japanese studio speaks here of a “meticulous” modeling of the market place of a small village . At first glance, the developers were inspired by European architecture. Unreal Ungine 5 requires, the emphasis has been placed on the level of detail and on the management of lighting.
Unreal Engine 5, you deserve it
Obviously, the optimization of the game is not yet optimal. Indeed, the download of The Market of Light requires to have 25 GB of free space on its hard disk. The studio also warns that framerate issues may arise depending on the configuration of the PC used.
Note that Historia Inc. has specified the minimum system requirements to discover this Unreal Engine 5 demo. Here it is:
- 64-bit operating system and processor required
- Operating system : Windows 10 64-bit
- Processor : 4-core 3.20 GHz
- RAM : 8000 MB of memory
- Graphic card : GeForce GTX1070
- DirectX : Version 12
Players who don’t have the opportunity to try this little game under Unreal Engine 5 can take comfort in its trailer. The latter is available above.
Finally, a few details about historia Inc. The Japanese studio has in the past collaborated with many leading publishers. For example, he participated in the development of games such as Shenmue III, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor or the Biohazard Valiant Raid virtual reality experience.
What do you think of this little technical game / demo? Are you going to download The Market of Light? Do you think Unreal Engine 5 will bring something to video games? Would you like this concept to be turned into a real game? Tell us all in the comments below.