By Michael Fontanini / April 14th, 2017
While there were no Unreal Engine 4 games available at launch for the Nintendo Switch system, there are certainly some on the horizon. Takayuki Kawasaki, the representative for Epic Games Japan, says there are 20 Unreal Engine 4 games in development in Japan. When asked if that number of games refers to Nintendo Switch titles, Kawasaki replied
“These are titles that use Unreal Engine, for Switch, and are being made in Japan. There may even be more. And now we’re gradually moving forward with Switch support for the free version [of Unreal Engine 4]. That way, as long as you have a Switch development license, you will be able to develop for Switch even with the free version.”
Of course, very few of these titles have been announced at this time. Dragon Quest XI is presumed to be among the Unreal Engine 4 games coming to Nintendo Switch in the future. However, very little is known about the game since it hasn’t been shown yet. So it is not known if it is based on the PlayStation 4 version (which used Unreal Engine 4), or on the 3D/2D version of the Nintendo 3DS. Other Unreal Engine games that have been announced for the Switch so far include Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and Shin Megami Tensei.
Kawasaki also commented that
“Unfortunately, there were not any Unreal Engine titles at launch, but in late March, Snake Pass, which was one of the titles playable at GDC, launched in America and Europe, and at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, there were titles such as Shin Megami Tensei. In Japan, there are about 20 titles being developed that use Unreal Engine, so I think that they’ll be announced gradually from here on.”
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