Epic Games exceeds the 500 million account mark and already dreams of a metaverse linking all its players.
Fashion in 2022 is metaverse and NFT. The video game industry is not depriving itself of this new business, and the last to set foot in it is Epic Games, the studio behind the game. Fortnite. If the firm is a pioneer in a few specific areas, the metaverse is a brand new sector for it and it reveals its intention to impose itself there.
In a document called “Real-time overview: the metaverse and new trends for 2022”, Epic Games gives us a glimpse of its power acquired so far and its plans for the near future, involving the creation of a metaverse. How amazing. The firm explains that in January it reached the bar of 500 million accounts created worldwide.
It therefore has a solid player base that could potentially populate its virtual world. In addition, it seems that the brand new game engine developed by Epic Games, Unreal Engine 5, has convinced many video game players. The game engine, across all generations, has been central to the creation of a million MetaHumans. The studio explains:
” As the appetite for 3D experiences grows, so does the need for creators to build them. We’ve seen a huge increase in people downloading Unreal Engine over the past year, with total downloads increasing by almost 40% since the end of 2020. »
Epic Games already at the heart of many productions
But it goes beyond these figures since the studio announces that approximately 48% of the next-gen games already announced plan to use Unreal Engine 5. Among them, “ we’ve already started seeing amazing next-gen games, including Black Myth: Wukong, STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, Dragon Quest 12: The Flames of Fate, and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. Epic Games will therefore be an essential part of this new generation of consoles with its high-performance game engine.
It was already at work in some demos, presented almost a year ago, but also in the experience The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience, a technical demo that mixed real sequences and virtual sequences in a particularly immersive environment. In total, the experience has been downloaded over 6 million times across the globe.
A long-term vision
Finally, this display of figures does not inform us about the creation of a metaverse in itself, but they consolidate the idea that Epic Games has the power, and the audience necessary to do so in the near future. The studio further explains:
” In 2022, we will see the concept of metaverses continue to develop. At Epic, we bring together the technology, tools, and services that empower creators to deliver amazing experiences. With this creative arsenal, we believe everyone can play a part in building beautiful, dynamic, and socially connected worlds. »