The Matrix Awakens: Neo and Trinity are back

Dec 15, 2021

By: Gadgets Now Bureau

A free-to-play experience

The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience is a cinematic and open-world interactive tech demo and is available for free.

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​An original idea

The Matrix Awakens demo is written and cinematically directed by Lana Wachowski and James McTeigue.

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​The Matrix stars are back

The technical demo features Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity while they will play as themselves too.

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​The original VFX crew for The Matrix came back too

Many of the VFX crew from the original film like John Gaeta, Kim Libreri, Jerome Platteaux, George Borshukov and more came back together for the project

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The VFX crew collaborated with teams across both Epic Games and partners such as SideFX, Evil Eye Pictures, WetaFX and more.

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The open world of the city

“Sixteen kilometers square, photoreal, and quickly traversable, it’s populated with realistic inhabitants and traffic.”, says a blogpost about the city featured in the demo.

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​Action packed

As per the description. “the demo morphs from breathtakingly realistic cinematic to fast-paced third-person shooter experience, complete with action-packed car chase sequence”.

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​How the scenes were brought to life

The creative team was “able to use the simulated universe to author cinematic content, like live-action moviemakers scouting a city to find the best streets to tell their story—but without the physical constraints of the real world.”

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​Technologies used in Unreal Engine 5

The Unreal Engine 5 uses various technologies like Nanite, Lumen, World Partition, etc. to bring the world of the Matrix films alive.

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​The Chaos Physics system

“The movement of vehicles, character clothing, and the destruction of buildings are all simulated in engine using Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics system.” The creators say that during the chases, the same crash will never occur twice as the car crashes are simulated in real time with Chaos.

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The demo is now available for free on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

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