No Unreal Engine 4 For Wii U
Can the Wii U not catch a break? I guess not. In addition to struggling to attract buyers and being made fun of, nobody wants to consider it as a next-gen console. Sure, it’s the most powerful console currently available but it evidently doesn’t stack up to what the PS4 and next Xbox are packing.
Nintendo really wants to believe that Wii U kicked off next-gen but after being turned down by Frostbite 3 thereby meaning there will be no Mass Effect 4, Dragon Age III or Battlefield 4 on Wii U, the console has now been overlooked by Epic Games as well. Yes, that means no Unreal Engine 4 either which means that quite a lot of games won’t be coming to Wii U in the next few years.
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At the Epic Games presentation at GDC, Mark Rein was asked straight up if there will be Unreal Engine 4 games on Wii U. He said:
“Hahaha no. I mean, sorry, it’s not really a correct answer. We’re not… we have Unreal Engine 3 for the Wii U. Right? And Unreal Engine 3 is powering all kinds of amazing games, still lots of games are being made with Unreal Engine 3. We announced today about a new Unreal Engine 3 license. Unreal Engine 3 doesn’t disappear because of Unreal Engine 4. But our goal for Unreal Engine 4 console-wise is next-gen consoles. That’s really what our energies are focused on. If you want to make a Wii U game, we have Unreal Engine 3, and it’s powering some of the best games on the Wii U already.”
I like the part where he laughs at the Wii U, made my day.
This is bad news for the Wii U because if it intends to be more than a Mario/Zelda machine then it needs support from the biggest graphics engines out there and if nobody thinks it’s next-gen then pretty soon it will suffer the same problem as the Wii in that it will be outdated except the only difference is you’ll get to play all the games that you’ve already played on your PS3 or Xbox 360. Is there any salvation for Wii U? One has to wonder what the logic was in releasing a console that’s not much more powerful than current-gen consoles with next-gen so close.