Fact Check: Is Viral Train Station Footage Sourced From a Video Game?

A clip viewed millions of times on Twitter shows what appears to be real life footage taken from a train station.

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

But, as Twitter has asked, is it actual video footage, scenes from a video game or something else?

Unreal 5 Engine Graphics
A screengrab from the short video of a train station that went viral, leaving many to wonder if it came 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

The clip could at first glance be mistaken for video footage.

However, while it isn't actual footage, it's not from a video game either, as the post suggests.

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

It was made using the Unreal 5 engine, a state-of-the-art software package for creating visual, audio, physics and other effects in 3D productions.

Drago posted a series of photos and video detailing his work on ArtStation, a portfolio site where computer and visual artists can showcase their content.

In a post on the site, Drago said: "For this project, I wanted to get as close to photorealism as possible. I used camera matching to get accurate proportions and made careful use of reference."

Although the footage isn't from a video game, the technology it was created with is already being used in the video game and entertainment industries.

In 2021, the release of a new sequel in The Matrix film franchise was accompanied by an Unreal Engine 5 gaming demo which showcased 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 used the technology as part of its launch for the PS5 and Xbox Series X gaming consoles.

The Ruling

Fact Check - Half True

Half True.

While the clip shared on Twitter isn't from a video game, it was created using a state-of-the-art software used by game designers called Unreal Engine 5.