Wii U won’t support Unreal Engine 4?

Looking more unlikely that it'll support the famous graphics engine

May 30, 2012
Nintendo Wii U

There’s some disappointing news on the next-generation Wii front this morning.

Apparently, the upcoming Wii U, which will be showcased at next week’s E3, might not support the next version of the Unreal Engine.

The console is being built with more hardcore gamers, and vastly improved visuals over the Wii, in mind. But if it can’t support the Unreal Engine 4, then it’s going to more than struggle to keep up with the next-gen offerings from Microsoft and Sony.

The news came courtesy of Geoff Keighley at Game Trailers (via Kotaku), who was asked a question on Twitter about whether he could “hint if the Wii u will be able to run Unreal Engine 4”.

He replied: “No, at GDC Mike Capps said Wii-U will be Unreal Engine 3.”

So there you have it. However, Kotaku checked up and found that Capps didn’t actually say that UE4 won’t support the Wii U, and it remains unconfirmed whether Nintendo’s fresh offering will support the platform.

It’s not the first time this rumour has reared its head, though, and it’s starting to seem likely that this is the case. Which will again leave the Wii looking slightly less shiny in visual terms, compared to its rivals.

We’ll get a much better idea of the Wii U’s gaming capabilities when the initial games are revealed next week at E3, which should include Super Mario Bros and Pikmin. And maybe even Zelda for the next-gen Wii, although that’s an outside shot, unfortunately.


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