It appears that The Matrix fans have something else to look forward to outside of The Matrix Resurrections. As audiences wait for the fourth Matrix film to drop in theaters, Epic Games and the original movie team worked together to create The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience.
What is The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 experience?
The Matrix Awakens is a tech demo that's exclusive to the Xbox Series S/X and the PlayStation 5. It's described as a "boundary-pushing cinematic and real-time tech demo" that Epic Games created using Unreal Engine 5 in collaboration with the original members of The Matrix movie. It's effectively a showcase of just how far video game graphics have come over the years.
The Matrix Awakens is not necessarily a traditional game, but more of a playable demo with photorealistic graphics.
Just how much of The Matrix Awakens will be playable remains unknown. Most believe that it will play out just like a short CGI-animated film. However, we wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being a tease for a fully-fledged video game tie-in. The Matrix has had a good history of video game tie-ins like 2003's Enter The Matrix or 2005's The Matrix Online, so we'll never know until the official reveal is made at The Game Awards 2021.
The Matrix Awakens is a marketing stunt more than anything else. The Matrix Resurrections caters to an audience that very much is into gaming. By making it exclusive to next-gen consoles, The Matrix Awakens gives its developers a chance to take advantage of modern hardware. Unreal Engine 5 represents the next step in gaming and if it's able to harness the engine's power well, we wouldn't be surprised if audiences end up asking for more.
Speaking of Unreal Engine 5, Epic Games just ported Fortnite over to its latest video game engine with the arrival of Chapter 3.
As for The Matrix Resurrections, Warner Bros. just dropped a second trailer for the upcoming movie. This one was a lot more telling than the first, shedding light on how Neo and Trinity are still alive after all these years. Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves also talked about why he came back to reprise his former role after the original Matrix trilogy ended so long ago.