This is yet another rumor in the up and down saga of Wii U graphics speculation. We know that EPIC Games has shown off behind closed doors at GDC (not by their request) an Unreal Engine 4 demo that supposedly blew away everyone in attendance. Mark Rein just recently made a statement that UE4 will make that Samaritan demo look "like crap" in comparison. So the question on everyone's mind is if the Wii U will be able to run this engine in light of all the attention it will be getting from developers in just a few short years?
(so this will look like "crap" compared with UE4?)
A rumor has been posted on the GAF that the reason why Nintendo gave such a large upgrade to the Wii U dev kits was to have the system be able to run the new engine by EPIC. Here are the quotes:
"I've just heard it from a friend that Epic has UE3 & UE4 up and running on Wii U hardware.
His source works for a developer, one that I shall not name, but they do work on pretty much every system. So that alleviates any concerns that I didn't have over the Wii U power issue as far as I'm concerned."
"To clarify on what was said, it was more along the lines of Nintendo tweaked the Wii U to make sure it can run UE4.
Which would explain the recent bump in specs... and apparently Nintendo is still tweaking the hardware. So it could get even better."
If true, this would further mean that Nintendo is very serious of not loosing Third Party support for the long haul of Wii U development since Unreal Engine 4 is not supposed to be fully ready for all third parties to use it until 2014. The Wii U will need to have legs in order to keep support during the transition from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4. I'm very excited to see what E3 has in store us!