Nintendo fanboys can quit their whining and arguing because now that developers have confirmed the fact that the Wii U is not a next-generation console, and the Xbox 720 and PS4 are, we can all finally move on with our lives.
According to a report from VG24/7 on Friday, Epic Games’ Mark Rein was asked about whether or not the Wii U would be receiving games with Unreal Engine 4 powering them.
“Hahaha no. 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,” Rein said.
There it is. It cannot be argued with. Nintendo fans may not like it, but it’s a fact that the Wii U is not a next-generation console, like the Xbox 720 and PS4 are.
Not that anyone sane needed confirmation of this, but for those who were still living in denial about that fact, now you can accept it and move on.
The Xbox 720 and PS4 are the next-generation of gaming, not the Wii U.
UPDATE: In a recent conversation with Engadget, Rein did confirm that the Unreal Engine 4 could in theory work on the Wii U and Xbox 360 if needed.
“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,” Rein said.
This big thing here is that even though the engine can run on those systems, it would have to be scaled down to accommodate the lower settings of those systems.