Does viral train station footage come from a video game?

A clip viewed millions of times on Twitter shows real-life footage captured from a train station.

The clip, shared on Twitter, shows a staircase and platform at a train station by day and night, captured in amazing detail.

But, as Twitter asked, is this real video footage, scenes from a video game, or something else?

Unreal 5 engine graphics
A screenshot from a short video of a train station that went viral, and many are wondering if it’s from real life or video game footage.
Twitter video/screenshot

The claim

A tweet published by gaming news account ModernWarzone posted the footage on May 9, 2022, with the caption “Is this real life or a video game?”

The facts

At first glance, the clip could be mistaken for video material.

While it’s not real footage, it’s also not from a video game, as the post suggests.

The video was created by Italian 3D environment artist Lorenzo Drago a mix of real film and photography of a train station in Toyama, Japan alongside computer generated effects.

It was created with the Unreal 5 engine, a cutting-edge software package for creating visual, audio, physical, and other effects in 3D productions.

Drago posted a series of photos and videos describing his work on ArtStation, a portfolio website for computer and visual artists to showcase their work.

In a post on the site, Drago said, “For this project, I wanted to get as close to photorealism as possible.

Although the footage is not from a video game, the technology used to create it is already used in the video game and entertainment industries.

In 2021, the release of a new installment in the Matrix film series was accompanied by a gaming demo of Unreal Engine 5, demonstrating the power of the new software.

The demo was introduced by and starred the film’s actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

The hugely popular Fortnite video game also leveraged the technology as part of its launch for the PS5 and Xbox Series X gaming consoles.

The regulation

Fact check - half true

half true.

Although the clip shared on Twitter isn’t from a video game, it was created using cutting-edge software called Unreal Engine 5, which is used by game designers.

NEWSWEEK FACT CHECK Does viral train station footage come from a video game?

Rick Schindler

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