There’s yet another version of Skyrim as a fan recreated some of the critically acclaimed RPG in Unreal Engine 5.
Skyrim’s Riverwood has been rebuilt in Epic Games’ recently released top-of-the-line engine, which is the perfect fodder while we wait for The Elder Scrolls 6. The Redditor in charge shared their creation in a 5-minute video (spotted by GameMe).
The clip loops through the classic Skyrim settlement and shows off some of its buildings and streets in dazzling graphic fidelity. It then cuts to what appears to be the western watchtower in Whiterun, although this ruined outpost is much more detailed than the one you may be used to seeing.
The graphics upgrade is remarkably impressive. All textures are rendered at a higher resolution, the lighting is sharper and the shadows are more powerful. It certainly doesn’t look like a game released on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Watch the clip below to see it for yourself.
imagining_skyrim_remake_with_unreal_engine_5 from r/skyrim
A look into the future
The video doesn’t just serve as an impressive technical demo; it’s an exciting glimpse into what games might one day look like. As developers practice with Unreal Engine 5, its technical potential is pushed to its limits.
However, it’s unlikely we’ll see an Elder Scrolls game that looks like this anytime soon. Bethesda tends to use its own Creation Engine to build its games. And while Starfield will run a new version of the software, we don’t expect it to match Unreal Engine 5’s graphics potential.
As fan-made projects like this one show, Epic’s recently released engine is top of the pack. It can even produce such lifelike renderings that a recent demo created with the software led viewers to believe it was real footage shot with a mobile phone.
But while Bethesda may not jump on Unreal Engine 5, many other developers are. CD Projekt Red has previously announced that it will ditch its proprietary REDengine in favor of Epic’s software for The Witcher 4. The news came as a surprise to many, given the REDengine’s success in creating the vibrant world of The Witcher 3. , but shows how much faith the studio has in the technology.
Similarly, BioWare uses the engine to develop Mass Effect 4 – another feather in Epic’s game-building cap.
Don’t expect those games to look as brilliant as this fan-made Skyrim project, though. As sprawling RPGs, they’ll have to sacrifice graphical fidelity in favor of fast asset loading, high frame rates, and other player-centric considerations. But the redditor’s demo certainly suggests what our favorite video games might look like one day.