Mark Rein also says Unreal Engine 4 trumps Zelda tech demo. We are speculating that the Wii U will feature an Unreal Engine 4 game at launch.
Epic Games’s Vice President, Mark Rein, says that Unreal Engine 4 betters the Wii U
Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games, has been talking a lot about their next engine, Unreal Engine 4. Even with the Game Developers Conference out of the way, that hasn’t stopped him from talking about the next generation of consoles.
In an interview with Eurogamer during GDC this year, Rein said he was confident in the Wii U being a success. He also revealed he had played Batman: Arkham City on the Wii U, saying that “they [Nintendo] are doing some really cool stuff with the controller.”
Rein also commented on the Legend of Zelda tech demo that debuted at E3 last year, saying that Unreal Engine 3 – its current engine – can go beyond that.
He also commented on if people are willing to buy the console, particularly because the next Xbox and PlayStation consoles are expected to be announced at this year’s E3. He believes that parents are “probably ready to buy their kids an HD Wii.” He thinks that Nintendo will “shock us” at this year’s E3.
Eurogamer also asked Rein whether Epic would be involved in a title for the Wii U: “it’s just a matter of picking and choosing what we do,” he said.
Rumors abound for Wii U
The Wii U has been the subject of plenty of rumours pre- and post-E3. There were rumours last year that GTA V could be heading to the console (though not directly confirmed). A source speaking to GameSpot said that the title was “pretty likely” to release in 2012, and could release around the same time as the Wii U launch considering Max Payne 3 isn’t launching until May.
Also, sources revealed information on how the controllers will work in practice. In a rumour on the next Sonic the Hedgehog game – called Sonic Dimensions – TSSZ News said the revised Wii U remote and its touchscreen would help players destroy enemies and activate powers.
Develop-online also reported that the console could support two tablets, rather than the one shown off at E3 last year, with Nintendo engineers upgrading the console to support two at the same time.