As part of the Summer Games Fest festivities, Epic Games revealed the first footage of their upcoming new engine Unreal Engine 5. In about a 10 minute long tech demo of footage captured on a PS5 (also the first shown footage of a PS5), Epic captivated fans and devs alike. The whole video also includes a half hour or so chat with Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games as well as some other core members of the UE5 team.
As part of that same announcement, it was revealed that Epic Games would be releasing Epic Online Services. These give developers free access to the same kinds of tools used to support Epic Games’ massive Fortnite player base. Charlie Hall at Polygon has the full story on that.
EVO has officially announced that this year’s tournament will be held online. There were some changes made to the format and lineup of the event. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been removed from the event due to its inconsistencies in online play. Other new games will enter the fold, with the classics staying put. The event will now run over the course of multiple weekends instead of just one. The announcement can be found here.
Sony has made an official statement that the release of the PS5 will not be delayed due to the global pandemic. The news comes via Sony’s latest earnings report. Although there were some manufacturing delays with PS4 production, the PS5 is still on track for its holiday 2020 release. Nádia Linhares at Dot Esports has more.