It’s already quite clear that the Nintendo Switch is a powerful little machine, easily surpassing the Wii U. That said we’ve yet to see some of the most graphically challenging games powered by Unreal Engine 4, though we have a lot to look forward to, if a recent interview is anything to go by.

Epic Games Japan representative Takayuki Kawasaki held an interview with Japanese gaming site Automaton to discuss games on Switch using the company’s latest iteration of its popular engine, and he notes that “in Japan, there are about 20 titles being developed [for Switch] that use Unreal Engine.” He later adds that it’s relatively easy to do – so long as you have a Nintendo Switch development license you can publish your Unreal Engine 4 games on the system, even with the free version.

As of right now we know of a few Japanese Unreal Engine 4 games. These include Shin Megami Tensei, Bloodstained and potentially Dragon Quest XI, if they use the game’s PS4 version as a base.

Square Enix in particular has started using Unreal Engine 4 in a big way, with both Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 being powered by it. There’s also the likes of Shenmue III and Tekken 7. That’s not to say these games will come over, but it’s fun to speculate.

We’ll be sure to bring news on these games as they’re announced.


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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.