Epic Games VP Mark Rein Clarifies Status of Unreal Engine 4 on Wii U

If you’re a Wii U owner and you’ve been lamenting the recent news that Unreal Engine 4 won’t be coming to the system, things may not be as bad as they originally seemed. When asked about his latest graphics engine hitting the Wii U, Epic Games VP Mark Rein actually burst out laughing at the idea, but later he cast some confusion over the whole incident when he said “The truth is, if a developer wanted to take an Unreal Engine game and put it on Wii U, they could. Unreal Engine 3 is kicking ass on Wii U.”

Was Rein referring exclusively to Unreal Engine 3 with that comment? Will Epic’s next gen engine be skipping out on the system all together, or is there a chance we could see Unreal Engine 4 on the Wii U after all? In a conversation with Engadget Rein clarified the issue once and for all.

As he previously asserted, Rein doesn’t view the Wii U was a next gen gaming console, instead putting it in the same class as the PlayStaiton 3 and Xbox 360. As such, Epic Games has no intentions of bringing any of their next gen games to the console, but other developers still can if they choose to do so.

You heard the stupid gaffe yesterday about the Wii U. If someone wants to take Unreal Engine 4 and ship a game on Wii U, they can! If they wanna ship an Unreal Engine 4 game on Xbox 360, they could make it happen.

If you were hoping to see future installments in franchises like Gears of War or Unreal Tournament on Wii U, you’re out of luck. However, if any other developer wishes to build a game using Unreal Engine 4 and release it on Wii U, they are welcome to do so. Rein doesn’t see the Wii U as true next gen system worthy of the new engine, but will other developers? That will be the key decision in the fate of Unreal Engine 4 on the Wii U.

Source: Engadget