May 8th, 2012 publishUpdated   Sep 19th, 2012, 10:12 am

Unreal Engine 4 Wii U
Game developer and engine maker Epic Games has revealed that they have showcased the Unreal Engine 4 behind closed doors to other developers, and that it’s aimed at next generation of gaming consoles. Speaking to Gamasutra, Epic CEO Tim Sweeny said that the Unreal Engine 4 is aimed at “platforms that haven’t even been announced”. Since the Wii U was announced last year, this would rule it out, according to Sweeny.

Back in 2011, Epic announced that the latest and most powerful version of the Unreal Engine 3 would be available for the Wii U, and that the company was very interested in the console. This ignited a few Unreal Engine 4 Wii U rumors, but it appears now that the Wii U will have to do with the “older” version — which is still one of the most capable game engines in the world. The above screenshot comes from the latest version of the Unreal Engine 3.

All other things being equal, the Wii U is much more of a current-gen console than a next gen console, as it is based on a lot of the same hardware. This means Nintendo will be able to keep the price of the console down, despite having an advanced touchscreen controller. The Wii U is said to be anywhere from 2 to 5 times more powerful than current generation systems, but it’s clear that Sony, Microsoft, and Epic Games are aiming at hardware that’s 10X — an order of magnitude — more powerful than current generation systems.

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  • Buzzeh

    I dont think this means what we think… The reason why they maybe saying this is because we [the plublic] do notknow anything about the Wii U. No specs, no price, no release date, we dont even know all about the hardware just a limited amount. Maybe thats why..? The Wii U hasnt really been announce…

    And what are they doing th on? Sony is in huge debt and said that there will be nothing new this year.

    What about microsoft? Why spend so much on the next generation when the 360 is fine already? And if they do make a powerhouse they will just loose while apple takes their Computer business

    • Will_rkr

      I think you might be right

  • Solo

    It looks good enough for me. Actually it looks amazing. Im growing tired of spec comparisons who has this and wont have that. Im sure Microsoft and Sony have paid dis-info and rumor agents trying to take away from Nintendo’s buzz! At the end of the day they will follow the leader and copy Nintendo. Nintendo will have the Unreal engine 3 pumping out images that will appear to be build using Unreal 4.

  • Swic11

    I agree that the Wii U looks great and will be great, it’s a day 1 buy for me, but why can’t Nintendo give us the latest and greatest with their amazing franchises as well? Like I said Wii U is a day 1 buy, but I want to see Zelda and metroid in the best graphics possible

  • alienfish

    Frankly, who gives a Sh*t? The graphics are going to be good and if MS and Sony release OP systems again they’ll have to also sell them for OP prices. I’m personally not interested in pumping even $400 into something like that. Consoles are designed to be affordable so that many people can get their hands on one. This is the exact reason why online multiplayer is better on consoles; because more people have them and they are more accessible.

    • Swic11

      I agree to this, but I would love it the Wii U supported this engine, If that meant throwing another $50 at Nintendo, then so be it. I would gladly pay for it. Whats the system going to cost now, $300? I don’t think that $350 for a console is bad at all.

  • Okay, sure, people may be disappointed with the power of the Wii U (which we don’t even know the final specs of yet), but I honestly think we’ve gotten to a point technologically where it doesn’t matter that much. I mean, look at the Witcher 2 on the 360 vs the PC. Yes, the PC version looks better. But is it that much better? Not really. If you’re not a PC gamer that also plays console games, you won’t even know the difference because you don’t know what you’re missing. That might be what we’re looking at here. I think that, even if the Wii U is less powerful than the next Xbox and PlayStation, the difference will be minimal compared to the Wii vs the current gen. We’ve come very far in that time but things are starting to level out. I don’t think graphics are going to get that much more realistic. When you have games that already look nearly photorealistic, where else is there to go?

    • amatboy4010

      There is a difference, its not just graphics, its world ex. ,a.i., and other stuff, plus better graphics. Should make core and casual sytms. Wii u is like unfinished, specs and cnsle design. And least needs harddrive.

    • amatboy4010

      There is a difference, its not just graphics, its world ex. ,a.i., and other stuff, plus better graphics. Should make core and casual sytms. Wii u is like unfinished, cnsle. And least needs harddrive. It looks unfinshed too, like box plain. If i save 100 dollors for six months, 600$, but i can save 200 mon. plus parents be nice might give me money for games. I have it for like years, i like good systm. Ill only buy it if i like it.

      • alex

        People have been saying the same shit for like a year. I been over it. Check out xbox 720, it has all your wishlist.

        • alex

          Its like crickets up in this place, boring, yawn.

  • Swic11

    I agree with this also, and I know that the Wii U will be an awesome system, and your right about the hardware leaps, but I just don’t want Nintendo to cheap out if it’s not necessary. I am a pc gamer as well as owning a 360, and a wii, I just don’t want the competition to blow Nintendo out of the water power wise

  • The Other Guy

    Should one software company producing an engine be allowed to dictate the life-cylce of an entire entertainment market? I don’t think so.

    • swic11

      I don’t think they necessarily determine a generations cycle, but they produce the engine that needs a certain amount of power to run. If a certain console cant run it, well that’s not their problem. They make their money “leasing” out their engine to developers and a lot of developers want the best cutting edge tech so they bug the hardware makers (Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo) to have bleeding edge tech in their consoles.

  • supo hakate

    is nobody going to read the last BS sentence in the article. It says that the ps4
    and The next-box will be 10x more powerful. If it is, the price would be well over the ps3 launch. I just don’t see how they can make it 10x, while being cost effective. One more piece of info if you compare the rumored gpu on the wii u, and the rumored gpu on the ps4 and next-box then the wii u gpu DESTROYS it. Look up Radeon HD 4850 1GB( wii u rumored gpu) vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB(next-box gpu). Theres is a possibility that all 3 console will be in the same range of power. The only way the next-box will destroy the wii u, is if nintendo has lower specs than the rumors, or if the next-box and ps4 launch in 2015 or 2016. By that time brand new hardware now would be obsolete, and be less costly. sorry that I don’t have more evidence supporting this though

  • Dan7el(WiiU day one purchase)

    As long as the Wii U can run next gen 3rd party games(the same version that sony and ms are using) then I’ll be good. Sure I want a power house of a system but the graphics of the system already sound pretty steller. If though, the next generation of Xbox and Playstation roles around and 3rd party developers make one version for the two and a totally different version for the Wii U(like what’s been done on the wii already) then that would be upsetting. I’m really hoping this won’t happen and actually this time I don’t think it will.

    • swic11

      This is why I don’t want Nintendo to cheap out on their hardware. It will hurt them in the long run. Sure they will get the 3rd party support at first, but if Sony and Microsoft come out with Beastly machines, it will easily be the Wii all over again

  • nathant16

    Even if it does have power, controller looks like an etch-n-sketch. There needs to be four controllers and better design. Like my dad says” nintendo is more catfish than sturgeon.”

    • alienfish

      Actually I think releasing a standard controller alongside the touch pad would be ideal. Four touch pad controllers would be fun absolutely, but they would also be expensive as hell.

      • swic11

        Is it even confirmed that the Wii U can handle more than 1 touch pad? I know that Nintendo was asked about multiple touch screen controllers and they said that they were focused on 1, but were looking into two. But if there is a standard controller released as well, that kind of renders the touch screen controller/s useless….

        • Dan7el(WiiU day one purchase)

          Yes, but the extra features of that controller will be hard for me to pass up. I can’t wait to get my hands on that thing

          • swic11

            Oh no, dont get me wrong, I am too excited about this damn system and controller. I just want to be able to have two at least to simultaneously run at the same time.

  • Ian C

    I don’t know why people keep saying the next xbox and PS is going to be so powerful, preliminary specs have already been released for both and they both seem to be basic quad core systems, PCs from 2-3 years back

    Despite pickups in the last couple of years and profit models based on DLC both companies learnt a lot from the success and profits of the wii. Plus people don’t need 10x more powerful graphics than the last gen, games from half life 2 to mass effect 3 look great and aren’t showing their age