Square Enix has just signed a deal to use the Unreal 4 Engine. The Final Fantasy series is always at the forefront of the gaming industry for its pre-rendered cutscenes and overall excellent graphics. Square Enix has been using its own in house developed Crystal Tools engine for the last few years, but perhaps it is time for a change? Recently, Square Enix decided to sign up for a deal to develop multiple titles with Epic Games in their latest version of the popular Unreal Engine 4 engine, known worldwide.
The Unreal Engine has been used in 100s of AAA titles in the game industry and this recent deal will make Square Enix the first outside company to get their hands on the new software.
Taka Kawasaki, Territory Manager for Epic Games Japan had this to say:
“Epic has a strong relationship with Square Enix, and it’s an honor to provide creative and technical talent with the best game technology available for licensing. We look forward to support their developers with world-class technology for years to come.”
As a fan, you should hope that this deal will help Square speed up some of their painful development timeframe on their bigger titles. This deal could potentially save Square a lot of money simply from the ease and efficiency of the Unreal engine. The Crystal Tools Engine has cost Square a lot of valuable time and money to develop, and this news could mean that they have learned from their mistakes.