Comments made by Epic Games' Tim Sweeney on Tuesday suggest that Wii U won't be able to support Unreal Engine 4.
In an interview with Gamasutra, Sweeney revealed that the publisher and developer has been showing off their new engine, Unreal 4, in behind closed door meetings with other developers.
" [...] this is part of our very early ramp-up cycle. We went through this cycle with Unreal Engine 3 starting in 2003 and 2004," Sweeney said. "At some point we’ll make public announcements and ramp up to the point where developers are shipping games, but it’s very early right now."
"We’re aiming very high, and the intended platforms this is aimed at haven’t even been announced."
This isn't surprising at all. Rumors suggest that Nintendo's Wii U is just as powerful -- or slightly more powerful -- than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That would have been impressive six years ago.
It'll be interesting to see how quickly third party support vanishes on the system once the new Xbox and PlayStation are released, and there's no reason to think that those systems won't be at least twice as powerful as the current generation.