Unreal Engine 5, a cutting-edge game development platform, has opened new horizons for aspiring and seasoned game developers. If you’re starting, this guide will show you how to use Unreal Engine 5 for beginners

Whether you’re a gamer with big ideas or new to game design, this is your first step into the game-making world!

How To Use Unreal Engine 5 For Beginners?

In this section, I’ll demystify the process of harnessing Unreal Engine 5’s power for beginners in just five straightforward steps. Let’s check!

Step 1: Download and install Unreal Engine 5. 

You can download Unreal Engine 5 for free from the Epic Games website. Once you have downloaded the installer, run it and follow the on-screen instructions to install Unreal Engine 5.

Download and install Unreal Engine 5
Download and install Unreal Engine 5

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Step 2: Create a new project. 

Once Unreal Engine 5 is installed, you can create a new project. You can do this by opening the Project Browser (click the Launch UE5 button). This could take some time, particularly on the first run.

To locate templates to begin a new project, click the Games button on the left side of the project browser once it has opened.

Select a template from here. Choose the Blank template since it’s a blank canvas. Keep the Blueprint default setting under Project Defaults rather than C++.

Then, you set the required information on the screen, including Target Platform (set to Desktop), Quality Preset (set to Maximum), Starter Content (uncheck it), and Raytracing (uncheck it).

Create a new project
Create a new project

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Step 3: Learn the basics of the Unreal Engine 5 interface. 

The Unreal Engine 5 interface can be a bit overwhelming at first, but there are a few key things you need to know to get started.

  • The Content Browser is where you can find all your assets, such as models, textures, and materials.
Content Browser
Content Browser
  • The Viewport is where you can see your scene in 3D.
  • The Outliner shows you a hierarchy of all objects in your scene.
  • The Details Panel shows you the properties of the currently selected object.
Details Panel
Details Panel

Step 4: Start building your scene.

Once you have a basic understanding of the interface, you can start building your scene. You can do this by adding assets from the Content Browser to the Viewport. You can also use the Transform Tool to move, rotate, and scale objects in your scene.

To add an asset to your scene, drag and drop it from the Content Browser to the Viewport.

You can also use the Add Actor button in the toolbar to add an actor to your scene. An actor is any object that can be placed in your scene, such as a character, a prop, or a light.

Once you have added some assets to your scene, you can use the Transform Tool to move, rotate, and scale them. To select an object, click on it in the Viewport.

Once an object is selected, you can use the Transform Tool to move it around by dragging the red, green, and blue arrows. You can also rotate the object by dragging the orange circle. You can scale the object by dragging the yellow square.

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Step 5: Learn about Blueprints. 

Learn about Blueprints
Learn about Blueprints

Blueprints are a visual scripting system that allows you to create gameplay logic without writing code. Blueprints are a great way to learn about game development and are also very powerful.

To create a Blueprint, right-click in the Content Browser and select Blueprint Class. Then, enter a name for your Blueprint class and click the Create Class button. Once your Blueprint class is created, you can open it in the Blueprint Editor.

The Blueprint Editor is a visual scripting environment where you can create and edit Blueprints.

To create a Blueprint, you drag and drop nodes from the Palette onto the Blueprint graph. Nodes represent different actions, such as setting a variable, moving an actor, or playing a sound.

Once you have created a Blueprint, you can assign it to an actor in your scene by selecting the actor in the Viewport and then clicking the Components button in the Details Panel.

In the Components window, click the Add Component button and choose your Blueprint class.

Once you have assigned a Blueprint to an actor, you can interact with the Blueprint by calling its functions. To do this, open the actor’s Blueprint in the Blueprint Editor and click on the function you want to call.

Then, enter the values for the function’s parameters in the Details Panel.

Additional Tips For Beginners To Use Unreal Engine 5

  • Find tutorials and resources. Many tutorials and resources are available online to help you learn Unreal Engine 5. I recommend checking out the Unreal Engine documentation and the Unreal Engine YouTube channel.
  • Start small. Don’t try to create your dream game right away. Start with a small project, such as a simple first-person shooter or a platformer.
  • Ask for help. A large and active community of Unreal Engine developers is always willing to help beginners. If you get stuck, don’t be afraid to ask for help on the Unreal Engine forums or Reddit.

Unreal Engine 5 can be challenging to learn, but it is also rewarding. With a little effort, you can create amazing games and worlds with Unreal Engine 5.

How Long Does It Take To Learn UE5?

The amount of time it takes to learn Unreal Engine 5 depends on a number of factors, including your prior experience with game development, your familiarity with programming, and how much time you are able to dedicate to learning.

If you are a complete beginner, you can expect to spend several months learning the basics of Unreal Engine 5 before you are able to start creating your own games.

However, if you have prior experience with game development or programming, you may be able to learn Unreal Engine 5 more quickly.


Above is how to use Unreal Engine 5 for beginners. With five simple steps, you can grasp the fundamentals and kickstart your journey into creating immersive, interactive experiences.

As you continue your exploration of this powerful platform, remember that practice and persistence are vital. Embrace the creative possibilities Unreal Engine 5 offers, and soon, you’ll be crafting your own digital worlds and stories.

Good luck with your game development adventure!

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