The Matrix Awakens experience up for pre-load ahead of full unveiling

The Matrix Awakens tech demo

Enter the Matrix

Epic Games announced today that the pre-load for a new Matrix experience is live now, ahead of its full reveal. The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience is ready to get loaded onto your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S console right now.

You can find the link on the Epic and Unreal Engine page here. As for what it entails? The trailer description says The Matrix Awakens is created by members of the original movie team, including Lana Wachowski, alongside Epic Games and its partners. It’s a ride into the universe of The Matrix featuring performances by series mainstays Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Both Reeves and Moss are appearing at the 2021 Game Awards, where all will be revealed.

Epic also recently collaborated on the KID A MNESIA Exhibition, a virtual celebration of Radiohead’s music. And with Fortnite being as meta-versey as it is, its parent company working on larger media crossovers certainly makes a good deal of sense.

It’s also cool to see The Matrix back in the games space. It’s been ages since the days of Path of Neo or even the (possibly canon-affecting) Matrix Online. With The Matrix Resurrections premiering later this month, I’m hopeful this means a general Matrix resurgence.

All will be announced at The Game Awards 2021. The show goes live on Thursday, Dec. 9, and the nominee list is already out and able to be voted on. In a new interview with USA Today, showrunner Geoff Keighley assured there would be “at least four or five things” at the show on the scale of the Elden Ring gameplay reveal.

Eric Van Allen