Fortnite has now released its new season, and with the premier of Chapter 4 Season 1, and players are diving into the brand new content.
With all this, comes new skins within the battle pass, along with other teased skins that'll come later in the season.
However, one new feature has been that the game has been now built for Unreal Engine 5.1, and we're going to runover all the new features within Fortnite.
Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1: All Unreal Engine 5.1 Features
Unreal Engine 5 is the brand new engine that games will be developing on for years to come, and Fortnite is the first title to utilize these features within their game.
This means Fortnite looks better than ever, and it's a real joy to see the new lighting and other mechanics within the game.
Below are all the new Unreal Engine 5.1 features within Fortnite.
NANITE, LUMEN, VIRTUAL SHADOW MAPS, AND TEMPORAL SUPER RESOLUTION - IN DETAIL
So what do these UE5 features do in Fortnite Battle Royale exactly? You can read the technical explanations below, or just skip to the pictures!NANITE
Nanite provides highly-detailed architectural geometry. Specifically, buildings are rendered from millions of polygons in real time, and each brick, stone, wood plank, and wall trim is modeled.
Natural landscapes are highly-detailed too. Individual trees have around 300,000 polygons, and each stone, flower, and blade of grass is modeled.
Lumen reflections provide high-quality ray traced reflections on glossy materials and water.
Also, Lumen provides real-time global illumination at 60 FPS. You’ll see beautiful interior spaces with bounce lighting, plus characters reacting to the lighting of their surroundings. (For example, red rugs may bounce red light onto your Outfit.) Also, Outfits that have emissive (a.k.a. glowing) qualities will scatter light on nearby objects and surfaces.
VIRTUAL SHADOW MAPS
Virtual Shadow Maps allow for highly detailed shadowing. Each brick, leaf, and modeled detail will cast a shadow, and character self-shadowing is extremely accurate. This means that things like hats and other small details on characters will also cast shadows.
TEMPORAL SUPER RESOLUTION (TSR)
Temporal Super Resolution is an upgrade over Temporal Anti-Aliasing in Fortnite, and allows for high-quality visuals at a high framerate.