Epic Games announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Square Enix, granting the parent of Final Fantasy permission to use the Unreal 3 engine to develop multiple games.
The engine is the same one used in numerous Western blockbusters including Gears of War 3. Unfortunately Square Enix has released no formal information on which future titles will use the engine. Epic Games Japan will be working directly with Square Enix, as a means of supporting the company locally. This isn't the first time Square Enix has made use of the Unreal Engine 3 -- its 2008/2009 RPG release The Last Remnant was also made using the Epic engine.
Taka Kawasaki, territory manager of Epic Games Japan, explained of the agreement, "It is a pleasure to provide Square Enix with an exceptional game engine that will help them bring thrilling new experiences to legions of fans all over the world."
"Many Western games have achieved great success with the Unreal Engine, and this milestone reflects the Japanese development community's trust in our technical prowess. We can't wait to see how Square Enix fuses the power of Unreal Engine 3 with its beautiful characters, enthralling storylines and fantastic gameplay."