One of the biggest complaints from gamers about the Nintendo Wii was the relative lack of cutting edge graphics technology offered by the console and it’s games. We’ve known for a while that Nintendo takes this seriously, and rumors have abounded that powerful graphics engines were being tested on the next generation console.
Now however we have real confirmation from CryTek co-founder Cevat Yerli that while the studio has no plans to release their own big titles such as the now confirmed Crysis 3 on the Wii-U, they have already begun licensing the CryEngine that powers their games to third party developers for use with Nintendo’s new console. All in all, I’d say it’s a very good day for the Wii-U, and a chance for it to shed the Wii’s more casual gaming image.
Yerli did mention the Playstation Vita as well, but called it too late and too uncertain so it’s unlikely we’ll see any CryTek technology coming to that handheld, but there’s plenty of other contenders like the next Unreal Engine to look at too.