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Uncertainty over Unreal Engine 4 Wii U support

Unreal Engine 4 Wii U
There is now some uncertainty over the Unreal Engine 4 Wii U support. We’ve previously reported that Epic and Nintendo were talking about bringing he engine to the console, where Nintendo was even rumored to have upped the specs of the Wii U so that it can run the Unreal Engine 4 technology. However, according to GameTrailer’s Geoff Keighley, who usually has some inside information about these things, Epic has only announced the Unreal Engine3 for the Wii U, not UE4. Keighley said via Twitter, “At GDC Mike Capps said Wii U will be Unreal Engine 3″, referring to the Game Developer’s Conference where Epic showed their Wii U support. At the same event, while Epic revealed UE3 for the Wii U, they showed off the UE3 to select developers behind closed doors.

While Keighley specifically denied UE4 for the Wii U at this point, Epic were quick to release a statement of their own. In a statement sent to CVG, the company said that the Unreal Engine 4 is so far only confirmed for PC and no other platforms have been announced. It’s safe to assume that the engine will definitely be coming to the next Xbox and PlayStation console, given how its predecessor was the dominant game engine on those platforms. However, we’re not discouraged by the lack of initial Unreal Engine 4 Wii U support — the engine has yet to be publicly revealed, and its likely that Epic will be embracing as many platforms as possible, Wii U included.

The Unreal Engine 4 has been in development for at least a few years now, and was initially shown behind closed doors to developers at GDC 2012. The engine will be revealed to the public at E3 in a one-hour special GameTrailers segment. The image shown above is an alleged leak from a trailer showing the power of the new technology. Head on after the break for more images of the Unreal Engine 4.

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  • will_rkr

    You got to be kidding me right?, could it be possible that the UE4 is so powerful that the Wii U
    might miss out on the fun, even with its current gen (next gen innards) chips.

  • Swic11

    Well regardless, current generation systems have bot been able to full use UE3.5 or whatever it is. If it can’t run UE4 I’m not too discouraged, although it would be nice

  • Nintega10

    I really don’t see the problem. Someone explain.

    • Alfie Gee

      Well, a lot of the big XBox and PS3 games use the Unreal Engine, and if the Wii U can’t do UE4, we’ll miss out on a lot of games (at least proper versions) like with the Wii.

  • David Kalpkais

    That was my tweet to him

  • SomePerson

    Well it just cause it has not been announced yet doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The PC has been around longer than the Wii U so maybe they just had more time to work with the PC.

    • alienfish

      or maybe the WiiU won’t be as powerful as a high end PC? The fact of the matter is that the system should be able to produce some pretty impressive visuals but it is a far cry from being on the bleeding edge of computer technology. If a heavy new engine was put on a system that wasn’t quite capable of handling it the consequence would be even worse graphics and a severely decreased framerate. There’s no magic here. You can’t just run a game engine on a system and expect better results.

  • Rob

    Seeing the Samaritan Demo(UE3) and recently seeing the UE4 screenshots, I just say, I just don’t care too much. Of course, it would be a plus that the Wii U could run the engine, but comparing this screenshots and the Samaritan Demo, with the Zelda Wii U tech demo, I just don’t see the difference in graphical power that Epic is promising. If the Wii U can run the Samaritan Demo, and with the Zelda tech demo, I just don’t see how it would be a great loss for Nintendo to not be able to run UE4. I guess we are somewhat reaching a graphical halt. Games are looking better than ever, and I think Nintendo’s artistic design teams are the best in any company, so they will always make the best use of their console.

  • rawww

    ue3 is awesome anyway

  • Shigeru myamoto

    I think the WiiU will be just as powerful to stand Alone in front of the next consoles !!!
    Mario Zelda starfox and others wil really be great …
    I Will cop’ it ( sell PS3 for )

  • Ryu

    But that doesn’t mean it is confirmed that UE4 will not be on Wii U, Nobody knows how powerful the Wii U is, E3 is only 6 days away and i’m sure UE4 will run on the Wii U.

  • A1424andy

    i was hoping the unreal engine 4 would run on the wii U. but no fuck. i am not going to buy the wii u no more. Nintendo is going to be one step behind again.

    • Nintega10

      Well that is dumb.

    • Nintega10

      Or were you being sarcastic

      • swic11

        you cant him/her for feeling this way. I mean running UE4 would be fantastic, but at the same time, as a next gen console, I would expect the Wii U to run the most up to date software. I mean it would suck if the Wii U cant run this, but I am still buying regardless, just like the Wii, I will wait over 24 hours in line to get it!!!!!

    • Mike

      It’s not certain. Epic has only praised Nintendo, while pushing MS/Sony to up the anti on their systems. It could mean that the Wii U would be the PS3 of the 8th generation.

  • Mike

    Why is everyone so certain about the Nextbox/PS4 being a beast? The Nextbox, maybe. But I’m 99% sure that the PS4 won’t be the leader, it may even be as ”weak” as the Wii U. Sony has just lost too much money to risk a high price tag again. They just won’t repeat the launche(s) of it’s previous expensive PlayStation products, or else, they’re screwed.

    • swic11

      That’s because their products suck for their price. I could easily go into a store and buy a Samsung TV for a few hundred dollars less than a Sony TV of the same size, and the Samsung has more built into it.

  • Neonridr

    Seriously, did any of you read the article? You have this Geoff Keighley guy go on the record saying that the Wii U will NOT support UE4 and then suddenly Epic is like “Woah Woah, we haven’t revealed our strategy for the Wii U yet, where is this guy getting his information from??”. I would trust Epic over Keighley, regardless if he is doing a special on the UE4 tech. Why don’t we just all wait until the offical announcement is made?

  • Ares

    Nintendo give epic what they want, and also stop turning your back on your fans or your out of the race!

  • Chris

    Well Epic was giving the Wii U alot of praise but booing the other next gen consoles, that might mean that the next gen console such as the PS4 and Xbox Next might NOT run Unreal 4 but the Wii U could.

    Still, lets just hope next week Epic just says “Hey guys remember when we said Unreal 4 wasn’t coming to the Wii U, HAHA we lied ._.”

  • TheBoldman67

    Alright, cool. Frostbite 2.0 still looks better :)