Following the Nintendo Switch announcement some months back, Unreal Engine pledged its support for Nintendo’s upcoming new platform. “We’re thrilled to partner with Nintendo to help Unreal Engine 4 developers bring their games to Nintendo Switch!”, tweeted the official Unreal Engine Twitter account back in October 2016. According to Epic Games’ Japanese territory manager, Takayuki Kawasaki, this partnership with Nintendo will bring “lots” of Unreal Engine 4 titles to the Switch.
Months later in April 2017, around 20 Japanese video games that use Unreal Engine 4 are in development for the Nintendo Switch right now. This comes from Epic Games Japan representative Takayuki Kawasaki in a recent interview with Automaton, as translated and reported at Gematsu.
Kawasaki mentioned there were no Unreal Engine 4 games released for the Nintendo Switch at launch. In fact, the Switch just got its first Unreal Engine game a couple weeks ago with Snake Pass from Sumo Digital. “In Japan,” Kawasaki said, “there are about 20 titles being developed that use Unreal Engine, so I think that they’ll be announced gradually from here on.”
He clarified after another question that he was referring specifically to Nintendo Switch titles. “We’re gradually moving forward with Switch support for the free version of Unreal Engine 4,” Kawasaki continued. “That way, as long as you have a Switch development license, you will be able to develop for Switch even with the free version.”
The only title he mentioned by name was Shin Megami Tensei, a post-apocalyptic RPG that was revealed at the Nintendo Switch unveiling event this January. Check out the teaser trailer from the presentation below.
Other than Shin Megami Tensei, there are only two Unreal Engine 4 games confirmed for the Switch at this point: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Dragon Quest XI. Dragon Quest XI is technically unconfirmed, as we don’t know if it’s using the PS4 version or the 3DS version as a base. Upcoming Japanese games like the Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 are being developed with Unreal Engine 4, and we’re crossing our fingers they’re on the secret list of Switch titles Kawasaki discussed.