About a month ago, Epic Games showed off Unreal Engine 5 using a PlayStation 5 and a playable tech demo, “Lumen in the Land of Nanite”. Since then, there’s been some question from the community of when we’d see Unreal Engine 5 run on Xbox Series X.
Turns out, we already have.
The Director of Program Management for Xbox Series X Jason Ronald revealed today, via the Xbox Wire article “Everything You Need to Know about Xbox Series X and The Future of Xbox… So Far”, that Ninja Theory is building Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II on Unreal Engine 5. Ronald even confirmed that the reveal trailer shown at The Game Awards in December was captured in engine.
“The power of Xbox Series X was first demonstrated with the unveiling of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. The team will be building the game on Unreal 5 and leveraging the power of Xbox Series X to bring the Hellblade franchise to levels never before seen. The footage shown was captured in-engine and reflects the power of Xbox Series X available to developers to deliver new universes, experiences and games in ways you have never imagined.”
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is the first confirmed title to use Unreal Engine 5 on Xbox Series X. In fact, it’s the first title to be confirmed to use on any system. Expect that to change after Sony’s PS5 games showcase tomorrow.