Epic affirms it is “very interested” in the Wii U

By Brenna Hillier
26 July 2011 08:25 GMT

Another Epic Games giant has made positive rumblings about the Wii U. Go go gadget Unreal Engine!

“While we loved the Wii, it just wasn’t a fit to make a game that would go across Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii. It just wasn’t possible. So going forward, we’re working with those folks and we’re very interested in the Wii U,” Mike Capps told IndustryGamers

Capps says the best way to support a platform is to make a game for it, but Epic hasn’t got one in the works. Until it ships a game for thw Wii U, it’s not ready to throw its weight as an engine developer behind the system.

“We officially support iPhone because we’ve made a game and we know it works. We know how to get through the certification process – we know it cold. That’s sort of important to me; as a game developer who’s selling an engine, I want to make sure that I can ship a game on it myself, which is why we have very clear public support of PS3, Xbox 360, PC and iPhone but not as clear when it comes to Android or Wii U.”

Epic can’t commit to any plans as yet but Capps did drop a few hints.

“At the launch event at E3, some of the products that you saw running on Wii U were based on Unreal Engine technology. So that kind of gives you an idea of where we are in that space,” he said.

“You can certainly use our engine on that platform – it’s a natural fit from a technology perspective. It opens up some doors that weren’t open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box.”

Epic boss Mark Rein has also expressed interest in the Wii U.

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