Hello everyone! To celebrate the launch of Unreal Engine 5, we couldn’t be prouder to share a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into building “The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience”.

Released for free on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in December of last year, The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience is a playable and boundary-pushing showcase for what’s possible in Unreal Engine 5 on consumer hardware, featuring a sprawling and living open-world city playground for players to explore.

Created by a relatively small team at Epic Games, along with our partners, such as SideFX, Evil Eye Pictures, The Coalition, WetaFX (formerly Weta Digital), Aspiring Unicorn Games, Dekogon Studios, Airship Interactive, and many others–the experience offers a vision for what the future of interactive storytelling and entertainment could look like. 

We’ve also put this world in your hands with our free City Sample, complete with buildings, vehicles, and crowds of high-quality MetaHuman characters. Downloading the sample, anyone can get a better understanding of how we used new and improved systems in Unreal Engine 5 to create the experience and can even add to it, creating entirely new games or projects. It serves as a tangible demonstration that UE5 offers all of the components you need as a creator to tell new stories and express yourself without limits.

We want to share a heartfelt thanks to all of the talented artists and teams who helped make this one-of-a-kind project a reality. Creating this was a dream come true, we hope you enjoy this very special trip down the rabbit hole.

Enjoy!

Jerome Platteaux, Technical Art Director
Epic Games

Art Direction

Jerome Platteaux – Art Director

Jerome Platteaux – Art Director – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJerome Platteaux – Art Director – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJerome Platteaux – Art Director – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJerome Platteaux – Art Director – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJerome Platteaux – Art Director – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJerome Platteaux – Art Director – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJerome Platteaux – Art Director – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

Environment Artists

Bastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist

Bastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensBastian Hoppe – Lead Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

Nicole Gorny – Environment Artist

Nicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicole Gorny – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

Saga Alayyoubi – Environment Artist

Saga Alayyoubi – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensSaga Alayyoubi – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensSaga Alayyoubi – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensSaga Alayyoubi – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensSaga Alayyoubi – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensSaga Alayyoubi – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

Nicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist

Nicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensNicholas Boulanger – Environment Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

3D Artists

Jit Chun Khiew (JC) – Senior Modeller

Jit Chun Khiew (JC) – Senior Modeller – WetaFX – The Matrix Awakens

Lisa Hardisty – Modeller

Lisa Hardisty – Modeller – WetaFX – The Matrix AwakensLisa Hardisty – Modeller – WetaFX – The Matrix AwakensLisa Hardisty – Modeller – WetaFX – The Matrix Awakens

Julien Didisheim – 3D Artist

Julien Didisheim – 3D Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJulien Didisheim – 3D Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJulien Didisheim – 3D Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJulien Didisheim – 3D Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJulien Didisheim – 3D Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensJulien Didisheim – 3D Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

Clinton Crumpler – Art Director

Clinton Crumpler – Art Director – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensClinton Crumpler – Art Director – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensClinton Crumpler – Art Director – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensClinton Crumpler – Art Director – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensClinton Crumpler – Art Director – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix Awakens

Mark Normington – Environment Artist

Mark Normington – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix Awakens

Alexander Sheynin – Environment Artist

Alexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensAlexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensAlexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensAlexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensAlexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensAlexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensAlexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensAlexander Sheynin – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix Awakens

Miroslav Baev – Environment Artist

Miroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensMiroslav Baev – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix Awakens

Jose Manuel Guevara – Environment Artist

Jose Manuel Guevara – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensJose Manuel Guevara – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensJose Manuel Guevara – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensJose Manuel Guevara – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix Awakens

Erick Tjoe – Environment Artist

Erick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix AwakensErick Tjoe – Environment Artist – Dekogon Studios – The Matrix Awakens

Texture Artists

Zoe Lord – Texture Artist

Zoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensZoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensZoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensZoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensZoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensZoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensZoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensZoe Lord – Texture Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

Character Artists

Lana Lan – Lead Character Artist

Lana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensLana Lan – Lead Character Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

Technical Artists

Quentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist

Quentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix AwakensQuentin Marmier – Lead Technical Artist – Epic Games – The Matrix Awakens

UI/UX Artists

Aspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming

Aspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming – The Matrix AwakensAspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming – The Matrix AwakensAspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming – The Matrix AwakensAspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming – The Matrix AwakensAspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming – The Matrix AwakensAspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming – The Matrix AwakensAspiring Unicorn Games – UI/UX Design & Programming – The Matrix Awakens

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