Yet another version of Skyrim is here, as a fan has remade a part of the acclaimed RPG in Unreal Engine 5.
Skyrim’s Riverwood has been rebuilt on the top-of-the-line engine recently released by Epic Games, which is the perfect fodder as we wait for The Elder Scrolls 6. The Redditor responsible shared his creation in a 5-minute video (tagged by GamesRadar).
The clip walks through Skyrim’s classic settlement, showing some of its buildings and streets in stunning graphic fidelity. It then cuts to what appears to be the Western Watchtower in Whiterun, although this dilapidated outpost is far more detailed than what you might be used to seeing.
The graphical update is remarkably impressive. All textures are rendered at a higher resolution, lighting is sharper and shadows are stronger. It certainly doesn’t look like a game released on PS3 and Xbox 360. Watch the clip below to see for yourself.
imagining_skyrim_remake_with_unreal_engine_5 by r/skyrim
A glimpse of the future
The video doesn’t just serve as an impressive technical demonstration; it’s an exciting glimpse into what gaming could one day be. As developers practice Unreal Engine 5, its technical potential will only be pushed to the limit.
However, it’s unlikely we’ll see any Elder Scrolls games that look like this anytime soon. Bethesda tends to use its in-house build engine to build its games. And while Starfield uses a new version of the software, we don’t expect it to live up to the graphics potential of Unreal Engine 5.
As fan-made projects like this one show, Epic’s recently released engine is at the top of the pack. In fact, it can produce renderings so realistic that a recent demo created with the software tricked viewers into believing they were real images taken with a cell phone.
But while Bethesda may not be jumping on Unreal Engine 5, many other developers are. CD Projekt Red previously announced that it would ditch its own REDengine in favor of Epic’s software for The Witcher 4. The news came as a surprise to many, given the success with which REDengine was employed to create the vibrant world of The Witcher 3. but it shows how much faith the studio is putting in the technology.
Likewise, BioWare is using the engine to develop Mass Effect 4 – putting yet another feather in Epic’s game-building limit.
Don’t expect these games to look as brilliant as this fan-made Skyrim project. As sprawling RPGs, they will have to sacrifice graphical fidelity in favor of fast asset loading, high framerates, and other player-centric considerations. But the redditor’s demo certainly hints at what our favorite video games might one day be.