Epic Games showcased the impressive graphical capabilities of the new Unreal Engine at GDC 2013, which will power its next-gen gaming lineup. Unfortunately for Wii U owners, the engine won't be supported on Nintendo's newest system.
Epic Games attended this week's Game Developers Conference to showcase demo footage of the new Unreal Engine that will power their lineup of next-gen titles.
During the presentation, Epic revealed a few new signature elements of the new Unreal Engine 4 such as its impressive scalability. It's so scalable, Epic says, that it can be scaled from next-gen consoles like the PS4 all the way down to mobile devices and web browsers.
However, can it be scaled to run on the Nintendo Wii U?
When asked that very same question during the presentation's Q&A session, Epic co-founder Mark Rein responded with the following:
"Ha-ha, no," Rein answered after a bout of good-natured laughter.
"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."
Apparently, Wii U owners will miss out on the new Unreal Engine 4, thereby also missing out on the games that are powered by the engine.
Combined with the recent news that the Wii U won't run EA's new Frostbite 3 Engine, Nintendo seems to have its work cut out for them when facing the competition.
The Frostbite 3 Engine will power the next-gen releases of the upcoming Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and recently announced Battlefield 4–all of which are high profile franchises that Nintendo will miss out on.
It will be interesting to see how Nintendo responds and adapts to the oncoming next-gen era–but without the support of these key engines, they will no doubt have a difficult time keeping up.
Below you can see the futuristic Infiltrator demo that shows off the Unreal Engine 4's impressive graphical capabilities. Epic also showed off a fantasy-themed Elemental demo that takes viewers on an incredible journey to a faraway world.