Developed by “members of the original movie team,” including director Lana Wachowski, and Epic Games, The Matrix Awakens is described as “a wild ride into the reality-bending universe of The Matrix that features performances by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.” Epic pitches the experiences as “a glimpse into the future of interactive storytelling and entertainment” in the “boundary-pushing cinematic and real-time tech demo.”
The Matrix Awakens was made available for download Monday, but the full experience will be revealed and playable starting Dec. 9, when the demo will get a reveal at The Game Awards.
Unreal Engine 5, which developer Epic Games first showed off in May 2020, is still in early access. While there are games announced as in development using the new engine, nothing has shipped yet. The Matrix Awakens arrives ahead of the upcoming film The Matrix Resurrections, the long-awaited fourth entry in the franchise, which hits theaters and HBO Max on Dec. 22.
Update: This story has been updated with new details on The Matrix Awakens from Epic Games.