Report – Wii U powered by Unreal Tech

Wednesday, 8th June 2011 16:17 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Epic Games has hinted, but not confirmed, that Wii U uses Unreal Tech, if a report on Develop is any indication.

Speaking with the site at E3, Epic VP Mark Rein told Develop its theory on Wii U running the tech “isn’t an illogical conclusion to make”, but would not comment further on the matter.

Last month Rein told the site “the second Nintendo releases a piece of hardware that can run our engine well, we’ll be on it like water on fish,” and yesterday he commented: “Water, meet fish!”

Yesterday, upon the announcement of Wii U, Batman: Arkham City and Aliens Colonial Marines were confirmed as being in development for the new console. and both games make use of Unreal Engine 3.



  1. Phoenixblight

    So that means that other engines won’t do so well on it?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Is this a surprise or what?

    Wii U is powered by AMD and Unreal engine is nothing special these days (if it’s not a mobile market)

    i’m more interested in VITA’s Unreal Engine 3.5.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    I’d have thought this was a given, considering the games that were announced yesterday.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight


    Thats true. I wish people would start using other engines like Crytek or even ID’s Tech 5. Unreal is great in its use and usability but there are better engines to use and offer a lot more. ID Tech 5 is not out yet but I really can’t wait to try that engine out and see what damage I can do with it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    I imagine most people use U3 because it’s the most proven, the easiest to get staff for and (probably) the cheapest.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @5 that is True. Carmack and ID were saying the ID Tech 5 is very user friendly so thats why I am most interested.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    ID tech 5 is not going to be for licensed :(
    Sniper ghost Warrior 2 will use Cryengine 3.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight


    I know its not they will keep in house until they move on and then they will make it open source. But if you get Rage you get the level editor, that’s what I am most excited about.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. PapaJustify

    I am pretty sure this garden demo with the bird they showed during the Nintendo conference was running on the Unreal Engine 3. It was just an intuition, but everything screamed for it.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    @8 Yea they said its pretty amazing and very ”easy” to use.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. manamana

    Frostbite 2.0 is all that matters ^_^

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Maximum Payne

    @11 But frostbite might not have mod support …

    #12 4 years ago
  13. manamana

    Well, we don’t know yet, do we?! By the time WiiEww(*) is out, they could do some more tweaking …

    * belongs to Blerk, thanks for that inspiration, btw. ;-)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Moonwalker1982

    The picture in this article is from that brandnew tech demo from that Unreal engine, so this is the brandnew engine on Wii U then?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Maximum Payne

    @14 Nope just Unreal 3.5 like used in Gears 3 and Bulletstorm.
    And that picture is form Unreal 4 engine that is out next gen :D

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TVs Everywhere

    Uh, hooray? Not much of an accomplishment considering even smartphones can run unreal “tech”.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. thesamy

    dice said that this time it wont be mod kit for frosbite
    becuse is very hard to make stuff with it or somthing like that
    i hope thay will change thire mind in the future

    i think thay are doing this to sell DLC’s

    #17 4 years ago
  18. klewd

    @1 no
    @16 the mobile UDK engine is not the same as the original UDK. no mobile devices could run the current UDK (non-mobile) version
    @14 unlikely

    #18 4 years ago
  19. jacobvandy

    Misleading headline FTL… A console is not “powered” by a game engine. Game engines are used to make games, and any console with enough horsepower to run them can do so. If you meant to say that the Wii U is capable of running Unreal Engine games, fine, but say that.

    #19 4 years ago

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