Unreal 4 Engine 4.15 officially adds Nintendo Switch support
Epic Games updated their Unreal 4 engine today to 4.15, with the engine now including support for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has said they were working on getting Unreal 4 to run on Switch and that they were in talks with Epic Games but this is the first time Epic has updated the engine to allow all Unreal game makers to start designing Switch games.
It had already been possible to make Unreal Engine 4 games for the Switch though it wasn’t publicly disclosed until today’s update that the engine officially supported it. Snake Pass, a fun looking physics based puzzle/platformer from Sumo Digital, will be the first Unreal 4 game on Switch when it launches on March 28th.
The Wii, famously, wasn’t powerful enough to support Unreal Engine 3 in 2006. Unreal 3 ended up being one of the most popular third party game engines last generation. Then in 2012, the Wii U could not run Unreal 4, instead getting games in Unreal 3. This is the first time in recent memory that a new Nintendo console actually supports the top of the line Unreal engine at the time of release.
Nintendo is said to be making a game using Unreal 4 themselves which is kinda shocking but legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto recently said Nintendo’s designers have “mastered” Unreal 4 already. I can’t wait to see what IP, old or new, that they use Epic’s engine for.