Tech vendor Epic Games has responded to speculation that its next generation dev platform, Unreal Engine 4, will not support Nintendo's Wii U system.
The company has told CVG that, while Unreal Engine 3 will expand support to the next Nintendo console, the company "has not confirmed platforms for Unreal Engine 4 beyond PC".
Earlier, video games journalist Geoff Keighley suggested that Epic Games had confirmed that Wii U would not host games built on Unreal Engine 4, adding that the information had come from Epic Games president Mike Capps.
@DavidKalpakis No, at GDC Mike Capps said Wii-U will be Unreal Engine 3.— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) May 29, 2012
Keighley is currently working closely with Epic Games as part of an Unreal Engine 4 media showcase at E3 next week.
But a spokesperson for Epic Games did not confirm whether Wii U or not was an option.
If not, it would suggest that a mass of third-party Unreal Engine 4 games would only work on two TV consoles; the PlayStation 4 and the so-called Xbox 720. That in itself could be a significant set-back for Nintendo's plan to provide a future-proof ecosystem of third-party games.
If Unreal Engine 4 repeats the same feat as its remarkably popular predecessor, then the likes of EA will rely on the tech for numerous multiplatform releases. The lack of Wii U support could isolate the console.
Epic Games is just days away from revealing Unreal Engine 4 at E3.
Go here to see the first high-resolution images of the new engine.