Using Unreal Engine 5, Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Western Air Temple gets a spectacular hyper-realistic reimagining in a video by artist Leo Torres.
Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Western Air Temple has been given a stunning recreation using Unreal Engine 5. Avatar: The Last Airbender is a hit anime series that ran from 2005 to 2008 that won critical acclaim and remains adored even more than a decade since its finale. Since the series ended, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have continued to explore the Avatar Universe with its sequel The Legend of Korra, comics and novels. Last year was rich in ATL news with new Avatar studios promising several new animated projects while, separately, Netflix is working on a live-action adaptation.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is influenced by many Asian cultures (especially Chinese, Japanese and Indian) and various indigenous cultures around the world. Not only is this depicted in the characters, but it’s also reflected in the anime-inspired art style and design choices made throughout the series. One of the most impressive examples of this is the Western Air Temple, where Aang and his friends take refuge in Season 3 Episode 12. The Temple’s design is inspired by the roofs of monasteries Bhutanese such as Paro Taktsang (a sacred Himalayan Vajrayana Buddhist temple). cliffside site in the upper Paro Valley in Bhutan) and Tibetan architecture.
Now, Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Western Air Temple of was redesigned by Leo Torres on YouTube. Using Unreal Engine 5, the artist created a hyper-realistic version of the cartoon’s Western Air Temple bathed in sunshine and gorgeous greenery. Check out Torres’ stunning fan design below:
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Unreal Engine 5 is the most recent version of Epic Games’ popular game creation engine, released in 1998. After its initial unveiling in 2020, Unreal Engine 5 was then available to everyone in April this year. Since then, the game engine has been used by many to dream up new projects as a the Lord of the Rings trilogy game and a God of the war remastering. Its release was made with a royalty payment model where creators can build and design and are only required to pay royalties to Epic Games if their project generates a profit.
Whereas Avatar: The Last Airbender fans seem to love seeing new content, as evidenced by the positive reactions to fan creations like the one above, that’s not always the case. After M. Night Shyamalan’s famously lackluster attempt to create live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender back in 2010, fans rightly feared the new Netflix adaptation. Despite the talented and diverse cast and dedicated crew, some fans still worry that their favorite characters will be slaughtered again. However, hyper-realistic creations like the one above can give fans a taste of just how amazing real life is. Avatar: The Last Airbender everyone can look forward to the release of the Netflix show.
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