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I can't believe how lifelike Unreal Engine 5 looks

Unreal Engine 5 continues to impress. The latest demo to stop the internet is a photo real walkthrough of a Japanese train station by environment and prop artist Lorenzo Drago.

Ever since Unreal Engine 5 released for PS5 and PC earlier this year we've begun to see some astounding videos and demos created by artists for fun. The official UE5 demo made an impression, but the work of Drago goes even further. Watch it below and be amazed.

The artist has created the demo based on a real life train station in Toyama, Japan. It's two-and-a-half-minutes of graphics power, and we're impressed. This demo was created by one artist, so image what a studio of hundreds could conceive. You can see a breakdown of Drago's work on his ArtStation (opens in new tab)account.

Drago spent a month building this realistic train station, gathering references before modelling and texturing the environment using Substance Painter. This isn't photogrammetry, but a hand-built world.

It was almost an experiment, so I'm happy I was able to get to this level of realism (Lorenzo Drago)

The artist told GamesRadar: "I think compared to my older projects I was finally able to level up my material and texture work. It was almost an experiment, so I'm happy I was able to get to this level of realism." 

As more artists experiment with Unreal Engine 5 we're going to see some absolutely amazing results in the coming years. Expect the first game built in UE5 to release this October, as Forspoken comes to PlayStation 5. All eyes will be on this game.

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Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creative Bloq. Ian is the former editor of many leading magazines, including digital art focused ImagineFX and 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched the magazine X360 in 2005 and has relaunched many others. In his early career Ian wrote for music and film magazines, including Uncut, SFX, and assisted on The Idler. With over 25 years' experience in both print and online journalism, Ian has worked on many leading video game and digital art brands. With a passion for video games and art, Ian combines his loves to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq. In his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.