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Wii U won’t support Unreal Engine 4, big deal for buyers or not?

With Sony and Microsoft seemingly out of the picture in terms of showing off next-gen hardware at this year’s E3 event, all eyes are on Nintendo to see if they company can convince consumers, for the second time, that the Wii U is the right console to own ahead of future products from Sony and Microsoft.

Their prospects of achieving this may have been dealt a small blow though, as it has been revealed that the impressive looking Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games will not be supported by Nintendo’s new console. The information has come from none other than Geoff Keighley, who you are probably familiar with from his work on GameTrailers.

According to the host, Epic president Mike Capps has told him that the Nintendo Wii U will only be using the Unreal Engine 3, which is obviously old tech by today’s standards. The Unreal Engine 4 has yet to be officially unveiled, but all signs are pointing to an unveil at E3 2012 which starts in a few days time.

Consumers who are planning to buy the Nintendo Wii U regardless of its new showing at E3 may be disappointed to hear that Unreal Engine 4 powered games won’t be available on the system. Obviously there’s always the chance of this being a misinterpretation, but it isn’t looking good at the moment.

Hopefully this little matter will be cleared up at E3, when Epic has the chance to give a proper presentation on their new tech. Is the next Xbox 720 and PS4 safely in Epic’s plans as well, or are they focusing on showing off the potential on PC games initially?

Until Epic unveils the Unreal Engine 4, we have no idea of what type of games will be shown off first. The Wii U is obviously capable of playing AAA titles alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360 now, but is it such a big loss to the Wii U if it doesn’t support this engine? Let us know your thoughts on this folks.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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