The saga began when Epic told Videogamer 4 months ago that Unreal Engine 4 games could be ported to Wii U as said engine was “supremely scalable.” The general consensus thereafter was that Wii U was in the clear for ability to possess next-generation games being developed on Epic’s next-generation engine.
GDC 2013 came around and Epic decided to release a new trailer showcasing the power and potential of UE4. A kotaku journalist asked if Unreal Engine 4 would work on Nintendo’s latest home console where Rein remarked “Hahaha no.” sending out a wave of laughter throughout the room. Technically though, this wasn’t true, as he went on to clarify, and clarified further today.
Epic Games VP Mark Rein: “You heard the stupid gaffe yesterday about the Wii U,” he said. “If someone wants to take Unreal Engine 4 and ship a game on Wii U, they can! If they wanna ship an Unreal Engine 4 game on Xbox 360, they could make it happen.” While that game might not look as pretty as it would on a “true” next-gen console, the new engine is scalable to a variety of platforms, including mobile.”
And there you have it, we’re back to the drawing boards.