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Epic 'very interested in Wii U'

No games currently in development for the console, but it sounds like it's just a matter of time

Epic Games president Mike Capps has said the company's "very interested" in Nintendo's Wii U.

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While Epic has yet to officially confirm support for the platform by announcing a game for it, the system's technical capabilities make it a likely fit for the Gears of War studio.

"We haven't made an official announcement about that platform," Capps told IndustryGamers. "And while we loved the Wii, it just wasn't a fit to make a game that would go across Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii. It just wasn't possible. So going forward, we're working with those folks and we're very interested in the Wii U.

"We find that the best way to support a platform is to be making a game for it and we don't currently have a game in development for that platform," he added. "I want to make sure that I can ship a game on it myself, which is why we have very clear public support of PS3, Xbox 360, PC and iPhone but not as clear when it comes to Android or Wii U."

While it isn't making its own Wii U game yet, Batman: Arkham City and Aliens Colonial Marines are being developed for the platform using Unreal Engine 3 tech

"At the launch event at E3, some of the products that you saw running on Wii U were based on Unreal Engine technology," Capps confirmed. "So that kind of gives you an idea of where we are in that space. You can certainly use our engine on that platform - it's a natural fit from a technology perspective.

"It opens up some doors that weren't open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box. I'm sure [Epic VP] Mark Rein would love anyone who's interested to know how official our support is to get in touch with him."

At GDC in March, Rein said: "The second Nintendo releases a piece of hardware that can run our engine well, we'll be on it like water on fish."

Capps also suggested this week that $1 apps are putting meaningful pressure on full-priced retail games and could damage the next generation of console titles.

[ SOURCE: IndustryGamers ]

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