Posted April 05, 2022

The wait is over—Epic Games has announced that Unreal Engine 5 is now available to download! With this release, Epic Games aims to empower both large and small teams to really push the boundaries of what’s possible, visually and interactively. UE5 will enable you to realize next-generation real-time 3D content and experiences with greater freedom, fidelity, and flexibility than ever before. 

The Houdini Engine for Unreal Engine 5 plug-in will be available with the daily builds of Houdini starting with build 19.0.581 which includes the new plug-in as part of the Houdini installation package. Installation instructions are on the Unreal Plug-in page.

State of Unreal Keynote
Ready for what’s next? Don’t miss the Epic Games keynote for some very special Unreal Engine news.

The Matrix Awakens: Generate a World
Find out how Epic Games procedurally generated the city for The Matrix Awakens demo using a combination of Unreal Engine-native procedural tools and a game-changing new Houdini workflow. They’ll dive into the different construction steps and technical challenges that they faced along the way.

The Matrix Awakens: Creating a World
Discover how Epic's Special Projects team leveraged UE5 to create the environment in The Matrix Awakens. They'll cover the modular procedural approach to building creation; Open World workflows (One File Per Actor, Data Layers, HLODs, level instancing); lookdev breakdowns of materials and texturing; and updates on improvements to Lumen, their global illumination and reflections system.

City Sample

The City Sample is a free downloadable sample project that reveals how the city scene from The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience was built. The project—which consists of a complete city with buildings, vehicles, and crowds of MetaHuman characters—demonstrates how Epic Games used new and improved systems in Unreal Engine 5 to create the experience. Epic is providing Houdini files in the City Sample Pack along with everything required to generate a custom city layout. 


  • vinyvince 1 year, 5 months ago  | 

    Remarquable team work, well thought and executed.
    Now no they are not. No source Houdini file are provided.
    I was actually intrigued what i read this, so

    Was it a late April joke ? :)

  • duoq 1 year, 5 months ago  | 

    They did provide the HDAs.
    If you download the City project, there is a file called "" that includes the HDAs.

  • vangc21 1 year, 5 months ago  | 

    The Houdini source files (.hip) are located in the root folder of the CitySample that can be downloaded from the Unreal Marketplace. It was stated on their official Unreal Engine 5 Documentation.

  • nazirull 1 year, 5 months ago  | 

    Tried to open the hip file in Houdini and some of the hdas (after the Engine plugin installed) in UE5.

    No luck. So many missing files and errors

  • qmarmier 1 year, 4 months ago  | 

    @nazirull, except for the building generator, the hda's provided with Unreal 5 are not meant to be used with houdini engine inside Unreal but meant to be used in Houdini to produce the city sample export files.

  • jamiejenssen 1 year, 3 months ago  | 

    Is there any documentation specifically regarding the building generator tool found in the city sample package?

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