It has been confirmed today that Square Enix has been given a full working kit of Unreal Engine 4, making the studio the first known studio outside of Epic Games to have access to the new graphical engine. Epic has also disclosed that their agreement with Square Enix is a long term deal that will span multiple games.
The Unreal Engine 4, of course, has been long anticipated for years by many game and technology fans. The engine finally got a live demo with footage of the game Fortnite, which is now being touted by Epic as the first game to use Unreal 4. Since the demo video of Fortnite, Epic has kept Unreal 4 under wraps, only breaking that silence today to announce their partnership with Square Enix.
Epic Games Japan territory manager Taka Kawasaki said it best regarding the deal. “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. We look forward to supporting their developers with world-class tools for years to come.”
The only question now is what will Square make? My guess is we will see Final Fantasy in Unreal 4, but that is the obvious answer, isn’t it? What do you think though?