Unreal Engine 4.15 Adds Nintendo Switch Support
Unreal Engine by Epic Games has released version 4.15 which adds support for the Nintendo Switch. Developers can now develop for the Switch in an experimental capacity which should improve the platform in the process. While the engine is considered an experiment at this stage, Epic Games wants to release a shippable, stable version in the next engine release.
There are hundreds of top selling titles which use Unreal Engine. They include Gears of War, BioShock, Moto Racer 4, and VR games like Gunjack. The power for developers to build unique and powerful games is now extended to the Switch.
Unreal Engine will fully support the Switch
With the Unreal Engine making the jump to Nintendo for the first time could imply some games will come along. Once the stable version is released, some developers could port their Unreal Engine 4 game over to the Switch without much work.
Other than the support for the Nintendo Switch there are enhancements to developer workflows as well as significant gains in overall stability. Improvements to runtime performance will also result in greater efficiency during development and superior end user experiences.
You can read the full release notes for Unreal Engine 4.15 here. If you don’t have time to read through the whole message, you’ll only need to know the updates are incremental. There are small additions to GPS for phones, mobile VR, better animations, and compilers are reduced by 50%.
We will patiently await the next release of Unreal Engine. We’ll have the official support for the Switch in Engine 5. It’s unclear how long until the next official release. What is clear is they will likely work to get it out for the Switch’s launch.
Tell us your thoughts below! Are you excited for the Nintendo Switch to get support for such a powerful engine? What Unreal powered games are you excited to see come to the Switch?