We’re constantly surprised by the incredible worlds that game developers are able to create, but we’re never satisfied with the visuals for very long. Where Half-Life 2 once shocked a generation of gamers, it can’t even begin to stand up to many of the independent games being released in 2015.
Even the latest AAA releases aren’t leaps and bounds over what we saw at the end of the PS3 and Xbox 360 life cycles, but Unreal Engine 4 has the potential to change everything.
As pointed out by Eurogamer, level designer and 3D artist Benoît Dereau, best known for his work on Dishonored, recently published a video of a tech demo called “Unreal Paris” that he created using the latest Unreal Engine. It’s only a short tour through a 3D-modeled Parisian apartment, but it might be the most gorgeous, realistic demo we’ve ever seen.
Clearly, putting this much detail into an entire virtual world, especially those as large as the ones featured in recent games like Dying Light and Dragon Age: Inquisition would be a Sisyphean task, especially with interactive objects littered across the environment, but at least we now know that it is indeed possible.
Now we all just need to convince Dereau to release this virtual tour on Oculus Rift so that we can start spending our evenings in Paris.