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Why ‘The Mandalorian’ cites Fortnite dev Epic Games in its credits

"The Mandalorian" production team used Unreal Engine to display many of its environments on set.

Image Credit: Lucasfilm

Disney+ is here, and one of its first big exclusive shows is Star Wars spinoff The MandalorianThe series follows a mysterious bounty hunter as he takes on secretive job following the fall of the Empire. But outside of the many Easter eggs and action scenes, fans also noticed that Fortnite developer Epic Games appears in the show’s credits. And that’s because series creator Jon Favreau has integrated Epic’s Unreal Engine tech into his film-making process.

Unreal is best known as a toolkit that developers use to design games in a creator-friendly environment. Epic uses it for Fortnite, but it’s also the engine powering Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, The Outer Worlds, and Yoshi’s Crafted World.

But Unreal is starting to make its way into more Hollywood productions. And Lucasfilm and FX team Industrial Light and Magic embraced it for The Mandalorian.

How ‘The Mandalorian’ uses Epic’s Unreal Engine