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The Matrix Awakens is an Unreal Engine tech demo that’ll probably be delisted [UPDATE: It’s Live]

The Matrix Awakens is an Unreal Engine tech demo that’ll probably be delisted [UPDATE: It’s Live]

[UPDATE 12/10/21] The countdown ended and now I know why the download was 26gb. There’s some upfront video footage featuring Keanu and Carrie-Anne and then a scripted chase scene that leads into a much more open tech demo. I recorded the end of the countdown, the chase scene, and a few minutes with the demo. Turns out, Unreal Engine 5 demands more power and it kept tripping our UPS. Take a look if you want to see it in action. Our original post from December 6th continues below.


Nothing gets the delisted-sense tingling like a free, co-marketing “experience” made between a games company and a movie studio. The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience just popped up this morning on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S and goes live after The Game Awards on December 9th. Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Matrix Awakens is… but according to this press blurb it’s created by members of the original movie team and sounds like an Unreal Engine tech demo.

Loading it up on PlayStation 5 just now reveals a few studio logos and a title screen featuring the familiar Matrix code streaming down the screen. A countdown timer ends around 11pm EST on December 9th. Since it’s a freebie and features content from Warner Bros’ upcoming The Matrix Resurrections, I can only assume that it’ll be delisted in time and probably removed from our Download History as well. At this point it may even turn out to be a timed exclusive that’s only live through this coming weekend. Who can say? So grab it now and get ready to see it for yourself later this week.