Is it normal for unreal to take hours to load a new scene?

I am trying to open a new file, and it is stuck on “45% Initializing”. In task manager, I can see that is using a lot of CPU and it is compiling shaders. I get that this should take some time but an hour+ for a blank scene is ridiculous. I would appreciate it if you can help.

This is common, the first time you load the level…

Its pretty common but you can try this to speed the process

unreal in default use 1 core and that core get heavy so to reduce CPU usage you can use XGE in unreal to use all cores.

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