Nintendo Switch Will Support Unreal Engine 4

In a new tweet from Epic Games, it was announced a new partnership with Nintendo to help developers bring games to the recently revealed Switch using its engine.

Epic Games' official Unreal Engine 4 Twitter account posted a new tweet, revealing that the publisher will be partnering with Nintendo to help developers bring games to the Switch using Unreal Engine 4. Considering that Epic Games was among the list of third-party publishers that are planning to support the Switch, news of the involvement of Unreal Engine 4 are welcomed, though not too surprising, announcement.

Some are convinced that the eventual success of the Switch will come down to its battery life and price point, but the quality of the console's software line-up is equally important. Even though several first-party games are scheduled for release on the Switch, such as a new Mario game and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, introducing a third-party support like Unreal Engine 4 will unquestionably bolster the quality of software for the console, something that was sorely missing during the Wii U era.

While the Unreal Engine 4 announcement is a welcome one, it doesn't provide much insight of the upcoming console's specifications. That being said, Unreal Engine 4 powers games such as Street Fighter V and Gears of War 4, and considering that fans have utilized the engine to make some truly beautiful demos featuring some of Nintendo's most popular franchises, such as Pokemon, it's a good sign for Nintendo to have Unreal Engine 4 as a partner, especially when rumors are floating around that the Switch is more powerful than the PlayStation 4.

One thing is for certain, having a adaptable and accessible platform such as Unreal Engine 4 at disposal is a great news for developers wanting to bring games to the Switch. If this fan-made Unreal Engine 4 recreation of Ocarina of Time is something to go by, this bodes well for the console's final software line-up.

The Nintendo Switch will launch in March 2017.

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