When asked last week whether Unreal Engine 4 will work on Wii U, Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein laughed as he replied ‘no.’ Rein says that the reason he laughed was because the question ignored other current-gen consoles, like the aged Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. On Twitter today, Rein said he’s sorry if he offended people with his comments regarding Nintendo’s latest console. Are you offended by Rein’s comments? If so, do you forgive him?
Epic Games president Mark Rein now says that developers could create a game using Unreal Engine 4 and bring the product to Wii U. Rein also stated that developers could also bring Unreal Engine 4 games to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The downside to doing this is they wouldn’t look as spectacular as they would on the next Xbox or the PlayStation 4.
“You heard the stupid gaffe yesterday about the Wii U,” he said. “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.” While that game might not look as pretty as it would on a “true” next-gen console, the new engine is scalable to a variety of platforms, including mobile.”
We found out earlier today that Epic Games next generation game engine, Unreal Engine 4, won’t run on Wii U. This could mean that future video games based on the engine will be excluded from the platform. Epic Games president Mark Rein simply laughed at the idea of the engine running on Wii U at GDC. IGN asked him why he thought it was funny that someone should ask if the game engine can run on Wii U. Here’s his response.
Still laughing, “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?”
Epic co-founder Mark Rein has told journalists at this years Games Developers Conference that the Wii U won’t be getting Unreal Engine 4 games. Rein said that Unreal Engine 3 is supported on Wii U, but Unreal Engine 4 will only be running on next generation consoles. He also confirmed that Unreal Engine 3 will still be supported while Unreal Engine 4 is out.
“Will UE4 run on the Wii U?”
“Hahaha no.” Rein said, with expert comedic timing. The room erupted with laughter. As the laughs died down, Rein continued: “I mean, sorry, it’s not really a correct answer. We’re not… 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,” he jokingly chided.
Epic Games has finally revealed its latest demo titled Infiltrator which is running on the company’s Unreal Engine 4. Epic Games have yet to announce which consoles the engine will run on, but they have previously said that the engine will be scalable to accommodate various platforms. The demo runs on a single GTX 680, which is the same hardware as the Elemental demo and the Samaritan demo.
Epic Games’ founder and chief executive officer, Tim Sweeney, believes that the next generation consoles provide a substantial leap over the current generation consoles on offer. Sweeney says that todays high-end PCs are representative of what players should expect from next-gen. He concluded that the team at Epic Games are more enthusiastic now than ever about the future of what he calls, high-end platforms.
“We’re more enthusiastic now than ever about the future of high-end platforms. What we’re doing on high-end PCs is going to be representative of the future consumer gaming experience and it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be a substantial leap over the current generation.”
A rumour has surfaced online that acclaimed development studio Retro Studios is creating game engines for Wii U and then helping other developers implement them. The rumour then goes on to suggest that Retro Studios showed the game engine to Epic Games and got them to reconsider bringing Unreal Engine 4 to the system. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out exactly what Retro Studios have been doing since Donkey Kong Country Returns and Mario Kart 7.
Acclaimed developer Cliff Bleszinski has confessed his love for all things Nintendo during a recent Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit. Bleszinski says he will be watching the Wii U carefully as he acknowledged that Nintendo lost some of its original audience with the Wii. He then went on to praise ZombiU, but admitted that the controls need some work.
Being raised on All Things Nintendo I will always I love all things Nintendo.
I’ll be watching the Wii U closely. I think Nintendo may have initially lost a little of their core with the Wii for a bit, honestly, and they seem to have realized this. I believe they also recognize that we live in a “multi-screen” culture hence the controller design. I played ZombiU at PAX and it was promising (even though the controls could use a little loving!) so we’ll have to wait and see.
I sometimes wonder if we’ll find ourselves in a PC/Phone/Tablet future, honestly.
Epic Games has announced that it is opening a new studio in Seattle which will focus exclusively on Unreal Engine 4 development. The studio is currently on the look out for new talent to join their studio, which includes programmers and engineers to work with its current engineering group.
“The proximity to key partners, the density of world-class talent and all the factors that make Seattle an attractive place to live convinced us that it is the perfect locale for Epic’s West Coast operation. We are looking to hire even more of the best engineers around to contribute to Unreal Engine 4, which we believe is set to change the way we all make games.”
- Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps
Mark Rein, the VP of Unreal Engine 4 studio Epic Games, says that next generation console visuals will be the graphical equivalent of Adam West’s Batman to Christian Bale’s Dark Knight Rises. Rein says that once you’ve succumb to next generation visuals it’s extremely difficult to go back to current generation games.
“Pushing the visuals will always be important. Humans evolve very slowly (over millions of years) but their tastes evolve at exponentially faster rates. This is true for pretty much all forms of entertainment and media.”
“During my own brief lifetime thus far I’ve gone from watching the Adam West Batman shows of the ‘60s to watching Christian Bale’s Dark Knight today. It’s hard to go back to watch the older series, and people generally don’t.”
“Their expectations evolve as new technologies become commonplace. Think of what mobile games looked like before the iPhone came out, and that was only five years ago!”