news\ Mar 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Unreal Engine 4 on Wii U? 'Hahaha no.'

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Unreal Engine 4 on Wii U is apparently laughable. At least that's the sense I get form Epic co-founder Mark Rein. I wasn't in the room, so I admit that I don't know the tone in which this was conveyed, but Mark Rein laughed off the question if Unreal Engine 4 will run on the Wii U.

"Hahaha no," he said at the Epic Games presentation at GDC. "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," he added.

"But our goal for Unreal Engine 4 console-wise is next-gen consoles," Rein concluded. "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.”

With Frostbite 3 games like Battlefield 4, Dragon Age 3 and the next Mass Effect already ruled out for the Wii U, this is another blow for Nintendo and its fans. It'll be awfully hard for Nintendo to compete with the next gen Xbox and PlayStation 4 without the support of new game engines, but as the Wii proved in the past, sometimes innovation can win the hearts of many.

[Kotaku]

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