The Matrix Awakens, a new video game tie-in, launches on Friday

The Matrix Awakens is apparently a new digital experience designed to tie-in with the upcoming sequel, Resurrections.
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The Matrix film franchise has a long history with video games, having received multiple game adaptations, including a long-running Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game that featured key plot points in the Matrix story. Now, it’s getting a brand new game in the form of The Matrix Awakens, a new Unreal Engine 5 experience designed to tie into upcoming film, The Matrix Resurrections.

News of this experience first broke via reputable leaker Shiina, who claimed there was a new Matrix tie-in game on the way, with the intention for the experience to launch around the same time as the film — which is set to release on December 26 in Australia, and a few days earlier around the world.

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Now, we know exactly what The Matrix Awakens is.

On Tuesday, Epic Games lifted the lid on the whole experience, which is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. In it, players will be able to enter a recreation of the titular Matrix and experience its ‘reality-bending universe’ through the power of those shiny, ‘next gen’ console graphics.

Both Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) feature in the game, and it’s likely it’ll provide clues for the upcoming film.

You can watch a teaser trailer below:

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So far we don’t know how The Matrix Awakens ties into the new film, but it could touch on everything Matrix fans have missed over the last two decades — or even the fact that lead character Morpheus apparently died in tie-in MMO The Matrix Online.

It could also be something completely new.

Given the whole franchise is about entering a digital world, at a time when concepts like the metaverse are being thoroughly explored, the idea of releasing a video game tie-in to really explore the game’s world is a no-brainer. It also continues a recent trend, which has seen new mini-museums and pop-ups like Radiohead’s KID A MNESIA PS5 exhibition use virtual spaces to better connect with audiences and provide a more ‘immersive’ world.

We’ll hear more about the game at The Game Awards on Friday, 10 December — and you’ll be able to experience the new chapter for yourself later this week.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.