No Unreal Engine 4 games for Wii U

Epic Games is set to make its public demo debut of Unreal Engine 4 at E3 2012 in early June. However, we may have already received a clue as to the system requirements for games that will run the next version of Epic's graphics engine. In a Twitter message from GTTV host Geoff Keighley, he stated, "No, at GDC Mike Capps said Wii U will be Unreal Engine 3."

That likely means that Nintendo's next generation game console won't be able to run games that are based on Unreal Engine 4, leaving that field open for PC games along with, most likely, the next generation versions of the Xbox and PS3 consoles.

In a Reddit AMA session earlier this week, Keighley said he is also working on an Unreal Engine 4 edition of his Spike TV show for E3 that will be shown next week. The show will feature interviews with Epic Games President Mike Capps, co-founder Tim Sweeney and lead designer Cliff Bleszinski as they discuss the engine.

While Microsoft and Sony are not expected to show their next generation consoles at E3 2012, the demo of Unreal Engine 4 will certainly offer the general public a clue as to what games will look like when these consoles are launched.

Via: VG247.com
Source: Geoff Keighley Twitter page | Image via Epic Games

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Unreal Engine 4 has only been announced for the PC. As the article states it's very unlikely the Wii U will be able to utilize its new capabilities with Unreal Engine 3 being the more appropriate fit. It is also possible however the that PS4 and Xbox720 will not be able to utilize its capabilities either. Epic is lobbying hard to get Sony and Microsoft to put out hardware fully capable of taking advantage of their new engine but current rumored specs for both systems look like they will be insufficient as Sony and Microsoft seem to be taking a much more conservative upgrade strategy.

Epic make their money licencing Unreal Engine. If their next big engine won't run on the next generation of consoles you can guarantee that it'll be changed so it will.

virtorio said,
Epic make their money licencing Unreal Engine. If their next big engine won't run on the next generation of consoles you can guarantee that it'll be changed so it will.

I'm sure something called Unreal Engine 4 will run on the next gen consoles. Heck Unreal Engine 3 runs on Android and iOS. But if the console makers don't step up their game then the console versions won't run with all the features they are showing in the demos that the PC version will be running.