Another take on Skyrim is here, as a fan remade some of the acclaimed RPG in Unreal Engine 5.
Skyrim’s Riverwood has been rebuilt in Epic Games’ high-end engine, which is perfect fodder while we wait for The Elder Scrolls 6. The responsible Redditor shared his creation in a 5-minute video (spotted by GamesRadar).
The clip skims through the classic Skyrim settlement, showing off some of its buildings and streets in dazzling graphical fidelity. It then moves on to what looks like the western watchtower in Whiterun, though this ruined outpost is much more detailed than you might be used to seeing.
The graphics upgrade is remarkably impressive. All textures are rendered at a higher resolution, lighting is sharper and shadows are more punchy. It certainly doesn’t look like a game released on PS3 and Xbox 360. Watch the clip below to see for yourself.
imagine_skyrim_remake_with_unreal_engine_5 from r/skyrim
A glimpse of the future
The video doesn’t just serve as an impressive tech demo; it’s an exciting glimpse into what games could look like one day. As developers become familiar with Unreal Engine 5, its technical potential will only be pushed to the limit.
However, it’s unlikely we’ll see an Elder Scrolls game quite like this anytime soon. Bethesda tends to use its in-house creation engine to build its games. And while Starfield will use a new version of the software, we don’t expect it to match the graphics potential of Unreal Engine 5.
As fan-made projects like this show, Epic’s recently released engine is leading the pack. In fact, it can produce renderings so realistic that a recent demo created with the software led viewers to believe they were real footage taken with a cellphone.
But while Bethesda may not be jumping on Unreal Engine 5, plenty of other developers are. CD Projekt Red previously announced that it would be ditching 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 had been used to create the dynamic world of The Witcher 3. , but shows how much the studio trusts the technology.
Similarly, BioWare is using the engine to develop Mass Effect 4 – putting another feather in Epic’s game building ceiling.
Don’t expect these games to be as brilliant as this fan-made Skyrim project. As sprawling RPGs, they will have to sacrifice graphical fidelity for fast resource loading, high frame rates, and other player considerations. But the redditor’s demo certainly suggests what our favorite video games might look like one day.