Epic Games has revealed that they are set to add support for the highly popular developer software Unreal Engine 4 on Nintendo’s upcoming console the Nintendo Switch. Unreal Engine is a suite of integrated tools for game developers to design and build games, simulations, and visualizations. This move will allow third-party developers interested in making games for the Switch to use Unreal Engine 4 in every version of the game.
Unreal Engine 4 is the newest and most advanced game engine from Epic Games, and is currently utilized by several independent developers to not only remake games such as Tomb Raider 2 or Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, but also for making proof-of-concept videos like Sonic the Hedgehog or the Hunter’s Dream from Bloodborne.
Plenty of games are using Unreal Engine 4 and to see that the game supports the Nintendo Switch is really great news especially since one of the major reasons for the failure of the Nintendo Wii U was a lack of third-party games and ports. Lots of Eastern developers are also beginning to use Western development tools which indicates that we might see more Unreal Engine 4 games in the future.
According to Epic Games current version 4.15 of Unreal Engine 4, enables a greater developer workflow, a better user experience on release, and significant gains in overall stability, which means that games using Unreal Engine 4 should run great on the Nintendo Switch. It will also help in porting current games that already use Unreal Engine 4 such as Gears of War 4.
How hyped are you for the Nintendo Switch and would do you make of Epic Games decision to add support for Nintendo’s upcoming console for Unreal Engine 4? Let us know in the comments.
The Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017.