Epic Games has confirmed the release of an upcoming Unreal Engine 5 demo called “The Matrix Awakens”. However, video game fans who have been waiting for a new game should manage their expectations as the demo does not appear to be a full gaming experience and will simply be released as a movie related to “The Matrix Resurrections”.
The company released the official teaser for “The Matrix Awakens” on Monday after the Unreal Engine 5 demo has been disclosed from the PlayStation Network backend last week. It’s unclear if the demo has playable content, but Epic Games suggests it may have interactive features. The company writes in the trailer’s YouTube description, “Prepare for a glimpse into the future of interactive storytelling and entertainment with UE5. “
Along with the release of the official teaser, Epic Games has also launched a website for “The Matrix Awakens,” where fans will be greeted with the deep question, “How do we know what’s real? While this is obviously a nod to the main theme of the “The Matrix” movie franchise, it also feels like a game about Unreal Engine 5’s promise to deliver very realistic graphics in future games.
The same question is also posed in the video teaser by none other than Keanu Reeves, who will reprise his role as the main protagonist in “The Matrix Resurrections” which will be released on Wednesday, December 22. Reeves’ appearance in the 15-second trailer also offered a glimpse into the realism of CG graphics with Unreal Engine 5. In case some fans missed it, the actor’s appearance in the teaser didn’t is a computer generated image. But it looks so lifelike and lifelike that it looks like a live action video.
Unsurprisingly, the “The Matrix Awakens” demo will only be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S, as current-gen consoles will likely be the best platforms to find out what Unreal Engine 5 can do. While there are high-end PCs that can do the same, it’s unclear at the time that Epic Games chose to only release the demo to consoles.
“The Matrix Awakens” will be released for free on the same day as The Game Awards on Thursday, December 9. But PS5 and Xbox Series X / S users can now pre-download the Unreal Engine 5 demo via those connections.