Unity and Unreal Engine 4 support could be on the cards for Nintendo NX from launch, if the latest rumours are to prove to be true.
Those conversations now suggest that the developer’s account manager at Nintendo has confirmed “that Unity and Unreal Engine 4 will both be ready in time for when developers outside of key partners are able to purchase dev kits of their own.”
As the developer’s game is already running on Unreal Engine 4, they were pleased by such news in that it shows Nintendo are taking the initiative to encourage the industry to approach their undisclosed “dedicated game platform.”
For the uninitiated, Unreal Engine 4 is a comprehensive suite of game development tools, used by indies and third-party publishers alike. In outlining the suite’s benefits, creator Epic Games write that developers “can learn one engine and one workflow to meet all of your needs now and in the future. From mobile projects to super high-end console and PC games, Unreal Engine is in use by indies and professionals around the world.”
Bandai Namco Entertainment, Capcom and Square Enix each already have Unreal Engine 4 projects in the works or nearing completion, such as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.
There’s every indication that these rumblings will more than likely turn out to be true, with Nintendo wanting to avoid a repeat situation of when Epic Games vice president Mark Rein laughed when asked if Wii U would support Unreal Engine 4. It was a reaction that didn’t instil confidence in the console’s capability, which Nintendo NX won’t want to be hampered by.
Meanwhile, Nintendo has maintained a healthier relationship with Unity, which has notably seen support recently introduced for New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.