Epic Games' Mark Rein has been speaking recently about his company's impressive Unreal Engine 4, and has delivered some rather disappointing — but predictable — news for Nintendo fans.
Speaking to Kotaku, Rein admitted that the cutting-edge game development engine won't be making its way to the Wii U:
We have Unreal Engine 3 for the Wii U. Right? And Unreal Engine 3 is powering all kinds of amazing games, still lots of games are being made with Unreal Engine 3. We announced today about a new Unreal Engine 3 license. Unreal Engine 3 doesn’t disappear because of Unreal Engine 4. But our goal for Unreal Engine 4 console-wise is next-gen consoles. That’s really what our energies are focused on. If you want to make a Wii U game, we have Unreal Engine 3, and it’s powering some of the best games on the Wii U already. Nothing controversial, guys.
In another interview with IGN, the same topic arose, and Rein gave very much the same answer, but with a little hint of annoyance this time:
I just laugh at the question…Unreal Engine 4, we’re not PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii U. It’s next-gen technology. That’s what we’re aiming for.
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. The best games on Wii U are made on our technology. What more do you want from us?
As we say, the news shouldn't be all that shocking — Unreal Engine 4 isn't coming to the PS3 or 360, either.
You can check out the latest Unreal Engine 4 tech demo — called "Infiltrator" — below. Impressive, no?