Epic: Unreal Engine 3 “probably the way to go” for next gen launch titles

Monday, 19th March 2012 15:42 GMT By Alex Donaldson

Next-generation launch titles would probably be best off holding off on using Unreal Engine 4 and using the current version of Epic’s engine, the company’s Vice President Mark Rein has said.

“I think if you were going to do a launch title for a future console, UE3 would probably be the way to go,” he told CVG during GDC earlier this month.

“And likewise if you were going to do something cross-generational, like Mortal Kombat on PS Vita, Xbox, PS3 and potentially it could be on iPad… that’s Unreal. Unreal spans the gamut, it goes from the smallest smartphone platforms up to the highest spec PC you can build and beyond.”

Rein was keen to underline that the impressive Samaritan demo can be done on the current iteration of Unreal Engine – even if it can only be ran on high-end PCs. Rein went as far as to say that Unreal Engine 4 made Samaritan look like “a piece of crap.”

“The UE4 stuff is very futuristic. UE3 is really the horse for this year,” he also told CVG.

Unreal Engine 4 is intended to be shown off later this year, while Samaritan could become a full game.



  1. ManuOtaku

    I rememeber this guys saying the wii U will be capable of running the Unreal engine 3.9, based on the latest kits given to developers, therefore this goes with this line, apparently

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Monk

    I think we shouldn`t go for the next generation consoles then.
    Unless if he means Wii U, that`s different story !

    #2 3 years ago
  3. manamana

    Oh man, I really hope that the next iteration of consoles (no not you, WiiU) have enough power to let the Samaritan Demo actually look like a piece of crap. But I really have a hard time to believe that.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    @3 Of course it will and even development would be easier. Why ?
    From ps2 to ps3 they suddenly needed to use 4 times many cpu cores,different types of gpu,lot more ram,completly different online service,installing on hard drive…
    But now all they would need to is to adapt for newer architecture in cpu/gpu and that is practically it.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    I think its possible for next-gen consoles (wii u is NOT next generation). If gamers probably should be ready to spend in excess of 500$ for such a behemoth. Consoles are one time investment, so the money would probably be worth it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. jowadmax

    It seems that this guy knows what the next gen specs are and he’s not satisfied with them. I feel this statement is kind of a threat for MS and Sony in order to boost their consoles power.

    #6 3 years ago

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