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Respected developer already using CryEngine 3 on Wii U

June 21, 2012, Author: Wayne Morgan

In an interview with CVG, it has been revealed by Crytek CEO, Cervat Yerli, that a “respected developer” is already using Crytek’s CryEngine 3 to develop a new title for Nintendo’s platform.

Adding to his views, Mr Yerli said:

“My opinion of the Wii U is very high. It’s just that we didn’t have a business case that justifies us making a game for it.”

“It doesn’t mean that CryEngine 3 doesn’t run on Wii U – it actually runs beautifully. In fact, there actually is a game in development from a respected developer that we will be announcing. I’ve seen the game running and it looks really great.”

Yerli estimated that the Wii U hardware is “minimum on par with the current generation.”

“From my perspective, I do not understand the public’s concerns that the Wii U is weaker than PS3 and 360. That I cannot see.”

The Wii U has been showcasing a few games that are graphically superior to their opposing console counterparts. Cervat’s comments certainly seem to be on track with other’s way of thinking when comparing the performance to the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Games such as ZombiU and rehashes of Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty and other big name titles bode well for the graphical performance of the console – at least in terms of matching or slightly exceeding this generation’s hardware. As time goes by and developers and publishers start to work with the hardware, we will no doubt see confidence grow and some very high standards of games released for the platform.

This news also follows after Amazon’s German site started to offer pre-orders of the console at €399.99, with a release date of December 21. The console price translates to around $508 or £323. Games are listed at €69.99, which is equivalent to $89 or £56. However, Nintendo has yet to release any pricing or specific release dates publicly, and Amazon.de has marked the item with a consumer warning.

“Please note that Nintendo has not yet provided retail price and the price may drop even more,” it states. “According to recent information, the console will be released before Christmas.”

It certainly looks like Crytek is pushing forward with the Wii U and doing everything they can to help make Nintendo’s latest a success.

(Source: CVG)