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Unreal Engine 4 Support Confirmed For Nintendo Switch

by Ian Boudreau on Oct 20, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 will be partnering with Nintendo to help developers bring games using the engine to the Switch, the company announced today on Twitter.

Epic was among the slate of third-party publishers announced as Switch partners earlier today. The Unreal Engine 4 is the current version of the engine, which powers games such as Street Fighter V and Gears of War 4. Back in 2014, Epic launched a subscription program for Unreal 4, allowing independent developers and hobbyists to use the powerful engine for $19 a month, plus a five percent revenue cut if they wound up selling a game they made using it.

[Source: Unreal Engine on Twitter]

 

Our Take
The Unreal Engine is a versatile platform and its affordability makes it accessible to indie studios, which is great news for the Switch's eventual software lineup. This announcement doesn't really offer much insight into how powerful the console will be, however.