Square Enix signs multi-game Unreal Engine licensing deal

Final Fantasy developer to utilize Unreal Engine 3 and 4.

October 23, 2012 / 09:12 AM EDT / (@salromano)

Epic Games has granted Square Enix a multi-game, group-wide license to develop Unreal Engine 3 and Unreal Engine 4-powered titles.

Epic’s Japanese studio is working directly with Square Enix on the license.

“Epic has a strong relationship with Square Enix, and it’s an honor to provide their creative and technical talent with the best game technology available for licensing,” said Taka Kawasaki, territory manager of Epic Games Japan. “We look forward to supporting their developers with world-class tools for years to come.”

Demon’s Score, a recently released Square Enix-published, iNiS-developed game for iOS and Android, is powered by Unreal Engine 3.

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  • Gigus

    Wait, I’m confused.  What happened to their Luminous Engine they showed off at e3.  Did they scrap it?

    • AuroraXIII

      Luminous Studio is for next generation. But since it appears Square Enix is also licensing UE4, I think they intend to provide external studios a choice for which engine they are most comfortable developing with (whether it’s Luminous, Unreal, or Eidos’ Crystal engine), as most of their projects are outsourced.

      Their internal studios however, will use Luminous no doubt.

      • Gigus

        I’m aware that the engine is for next gen. I just felt like it contradicted what he said in the interview he had with famitsu about creating the engine so it can meet both needs of both internal and external dev studios. I guess more choices wouldn’t hurt just like you said.

        • AuroraXIII

          Yeah it does seem a bit contradicting.

          Perhaps they’re using Unreal as a stopgap engine until Luminous is finished.

    • Hidayat246

       i think is for another game not “compatible” with luminos engine

      check this :
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Unreal_Engine_games

      u see ubisoft paris developing red steel using UE even ubisoft have anvil engine

      • Gigus

         I know that but they said its supposed to solve those problems.  Did you read the discussion below I had with AuroraXIII?

        • Hidayat246

           ohhh i am sory, i dont read that!!!!!!

          i see what u discuss with auroraXIII

          maybe SE make this deal because SE still fear about luminos power, SE is not powerful like CAPCOM in making good engine

          luminos maybe still have alot problem, but SE keep that secret from public, this deal make SE can learn something about UE for how luminos can run in all platform just like UE. last time in CEDEC 2012 they are only show luminos run in IPAD but i believe is just video trailer agni philosophy run in IPAD player video.

  • AuroraXIII

    You guys already published this story nearly a year ago: http://gematsu.com/2011/11/square-enix-licenses-unreal-engine-3-for-multiple-projects

    Or is this a new licensing deal for more projects? Since we first learned of the deal, Square Enix have developed Demons’ Score and Gyrozetter on UE3, and started this Action-rpg project:

    http://i40.tinypic.com/25a4v2v.jpg
    http://i42.tinypic.com/25te23s.jpg

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      I’m guessing this is a new deal, considering it mentions Unreal Engine 4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Where’s the Action RPG using UE3 with teaser image of a guy and a white owl???
    Anyway port Last Remnant to PS3 and make the sequel for next gen!!!

    • Hidayat246

      I always have teori LE PS3 is only happen if FFversusXIII have solid release date

  • hush404

    UE3? Ugh, i wish people would stop using this engine. 

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Should read that again they want to use both UE3 and UE4

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Should read that again they want to use both UE3 and UE4

      • hush404

        Mmm, yes, but UE3 and UE4 aren’t that different. Sure UE4 is the next step for the engine and does lighting better… but from the demos I’ve seen, there are engines out there doing things much better than UE4 already. As an engine, UE3 was very limited and every game that used it, even if the game was superb, showed signs of the engine’s weakness. It just so happened to be a very popular and easy to use engine. Doesn’t mean it was the correct choice.

  • Dean Winchester

    Came in here to read comments bashing Square and UE3.

    I do not leave disappointed.

    Well….thats not entirely accurate. This gen of gamers disappoints me everytime they open their whiny mouths but if I come into a comment section expecting the worst….hard to be disappointed when I get it. Am I right?

    Meanwhile…..Square Enix signing deals signifying they are making more games is a good thing in my book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbosak1 Christopher A. Bosak

    I could care less as long as they get their shit together and make fantastic games like back when they were SQUARESOFT. I could give 2 fucks less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    Nice I hope they will be using Unreal 4 on some of their future titles but for some reason I get the feeling it has nothing to do with Final Fantasy and more with games like Tomb Raider. The Luminous engine is doing a superb job with FF titles like Versus XIII and Agni’s philosophy.

  • new_tradition

    Is it possible they’ll use these engines for their planned HD remasters, like FFX? 

    Interesting but about them being used for the mobile games. I’d never have guessed xD

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      It’s very likely they will continue to use UE 3/4 for mobile games. I’m not sure why so many folks seem to be upset by this, it really isn’t that big of a deal.

  • Budgiecat

    ugghhhhh nooo no no no no noooooo

  • http://moefx.wordpress.com/ barklight

    The Last Remnant 2 !!!

  • PrinceHeir

    ehh not impressed with Epic’s engine.

    should just concentrate on your engines and make it more efficient for other teams to use it

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Square Enix is so stupid this gen its not even funny. Its more worrying really :(

  • Guest

    but why SE……………

    u have LUMINOS ENGINE so why u licensed another engine ???????????

  • AuroraXIII

    1/10.
    Baseless comment is baseless.

  • MrRobbyM

    round of applause for this guy, everyone.

  • HeatPhoenix

    Rating comments on a disqus comment board, come on, bro.