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"Alpha Point" UE5 Demo: Unlocking Artist Potential (Presented by Epic Games - Unreal Engine)

Colin Penty  (Studio Technical Art Director, The Coalition)

Kate Rayner  (Studio Technical Director, The Coalition)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 1:20pm - 2:20pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Sponsor Developer Summit

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Epic Games - Unreal Engine

The Coalition will debut a UE5 Technical Demo “Alpha Point” on Xbox Series X, created to internally evaluate UE5. The talk will cover the learnings the team had while creating Nanite-resolution assets and incorporating them into a fully real-time lighting scenario with Lumen and Virtual Shadow Maps. Performance and memory observations will be covered for Xbox Series X and S, as well as VFX, Blueprint, material setup, Temporal Super Resolution, and Virtual Texture findings. The Coalition will also cover some preliminary findings on next-gen character creation and MetaHumans integration, demoing a next-generation character test running on Xbox Series X.


Attendees will learn more about the inner workings of UE5’s new visual systems. They will learn viable workflows that have been proven in a technical demo for UE5 including Nanite, Lumen, Megascans, and MetaHumans.

Intended Audience

Unreal Engine licensees or anyone interested in getting a sneak peek at next-gen game workflows and visuals.