This UE5 Train Station Scene Makes Me Fear the Future of Horror Games

I’m not good with horror. In fact, I’m just awful at anything scary. I don’t know what it is, but my brain is capable of taking the smallest bits of disgusting, bloody media and turning them into beasts that my heart nearly paralyzes at the thought. If I couldn’t handle horror games before, Unreal Engine 5 will make my worst nightmares even more real with the look and feel of this train station demo.

There’s a video floating around on Twitter right now, just a short clip, from a train station. As I rolled over I thought it was real. I thought it would just be a video of a train station in Japan, but no, it’s fully realized in Unreal Engine 5. And it’s a stunning recreation of a real place created by an Italian artist.

If you’re like me and don’t like scares, don’t worry, there aren’t any. It’s definitely creepy, which is why my brain assumed the worst, but at most it’s just designed to put you on edge.

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The project was created by Italian 3D artist Lorenzo Drago. The description of the YouTube video showing this amazing creation reveals that it was based on a train station in Toyama, Japan. It uses the new Lumen features of Unreal Engine 5, which is the software’s global lighting and reflections system – it’s designed to diffuse light in detailed environments, which makes daylight especially so real.

Other details revealed by a short FAQ in the YouTube comments section reveal that it’s a high-res render, but it can run in real-time at the expense of image quality. Bearing in mind that Drago took a month to make, it’s incredibly impressive and makes me wonder what’s possible with a bigger team and more resources. If you’re interested in checking out more of Drago’s work, you can check out his Artstation for more impressive renderings of things besides a train station.

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