Are game engines the future of 3D art?

Game engines; a render of a lion
(Image credit: Monsters Emporium School and Unity)

The rise in popularity of game engines like Unreal Engine 5 and Unity is the latest seismic shift in the world of 3D visualisation, and it's the biggest development in decades. 

First up were still images, quickly followed by videos and interactive experiences hot on their heels. For most of this evolution, 3D artists have been supported by a range of traditional 3D packages including 3ds Max, Maya and Cinema 4D as well as renderers such as Mental Ray, V-Ray and OctaneRender.

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Paul Hatton

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.