April 2, 2013
No Unreal Engine 4 And Frostbite 3 Wii U
As if Wii U players and Nintendo fans didn’t already have a lack of game support from first party companies, Epic Co-Founder Mark Rein is simply amused that Nintendo would even think they’re a part of the next generation of consoles. At a GDC Conference, Rein was questioned on Epic’s new Unreal Engine 4, a physics engine that has been under development for well over six years. One of the questions pertained to whether or not Nintendo’s Wii U would be able to muster up to the strength of the tech demos that consumers have been drooling over in the past weeks.
Rein’s reply was a laughably quirky “No,” before trying to get a little more serious for fans who were clearly pissed at his lack of respect. He went on to state “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.” Many gamers took great insult to this remark as the Wii U was released only late last year with a not so impressive 2 GB of RAM and a graphics card that was only six times stronger than the current generation of consoles.
By the dictionary of the eighth generation of gaming, the Wii U is defined as a next generation console. Rein continued on with his rant, claiming “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?”
Are you serious, Mark Rein?
Nintendo’s Wii U has not seen a very bright or even smooth release cycle with less than expected sales figures for its Q3 financial report, alongside system specs that many have found questionable regarding its category in the next-gen market. In fact, their current state of affairs is very much like their first year of the release on the Wii. Back then third party developers abandoned almost all notion of developing any game on the Wii U, and those that signed up for the opportunity didn’t have a game that people wanted.
Sure, Wii Sports and other family friendly Wii games secured an enormous population of casual gamers. But this casual fan-base has hardly demanded any improvement or innovation to the same first party Nintendo exclusive that have been dropped in their laps for eight years. The result is that Nintendo settled with packing the Wii U with hardware that hardly stands a chance when compared to rumors of Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Rein’s comments come as no surprise as a handful developers of games such as Saints Row 4, Grand Theft Auto V, and now even Battlefield 4 have all given up any hopes of a Wii U launch without considering the possibility of a scaled down Wii U version. Needless to say, this puts Nintendo in a very awkward position at a time when fans are beginning to grieve over the lack of games and developer support from someone other than Nintendo.
Hopefully their releases of Nintendo exclusives will swoop in and save the day.
They’re all Nintendo has at this point, it seems.