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Unreal Engine 4 Powering 20 Switch Games in Japan

Epic Games Japan's statements point to a number of upcoming Japanese Switch games on the horizon.

News by Mike Williams, .

Nintendo has been doing a solid job of letting folks know about all the new games coming to the Nintendo Switch in the future, but there's still more waiting out there. We know that because Epic Games Japan is working with a number of Japanese developers on games for the platform. Epic Games Japan representative Takayuki Kawasaki told Automaton (translated via Gematsu) that around 20 Switch games are being built using the engine in Japan.

Will Dragon Quest XI for Switch be based on the Unreal Engine 4 version of the game?

"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," Kawasaki said. "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."

"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."

Notable Japanese Switch games that have already announced using Unreal Engine 4 are Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Shin Megami Tensei. Dragon Quest XI for PlayStation 4 uses Unreal Engine 4 as well, but we currently don't know what form the Switch version will take. Let It Die, Tekken 7, Kingdom Hearts III, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Four Goddesses Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune, and Shenmue III are other recently-released or upcoming Japanese titles built in Unreal Engine 4. Let the speculation begin!

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  • Avatar for Tetragrammaton #1 Tetragrammaton 7 months ago
    One thing that I'm curious about: are any 1st party Nintendo games using Unreal?
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #2 riderkicker 7 months ago
    If we can get Shenmue III on the Nintendo Switch. I think that's enough for me. However, it's a Sony game now. :(Edited April 2017 by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for moroboshi #3 moroboshi 7 months ago
    @riderkicker It's co-financed by Sony, so there's zero chance of it ever being on a rival console platform.
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  • Avatar for retr0gamer #4 retr0gamer 7 months ago
    My one big gripe with the unreal engine games is everything on them looks like an unreal engine game unless the art is massively stylised. Even Dragon Quest 11 looks like an unreal game.
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  • Avatar for beburuj #5 beburuj 7 months ago
  • Avatar for Modern-Clix #6 Modern-Clix 7 months ago
    @moroboshi They're providing production and marketing support, but Sony has no ownership on it, especially since it is crowdfunded. But so is Shibuya Productions. That is why it will also go to PC. I think Sony may get physical exclusivity, but it is not co-financed.
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