Square Enix has signed a multi-year, multi-license deal with Epic Games to use both the Unreal Engine 3 and the Unreal Engine 4 for present and upcoming titles. As usual, no specifics were given on what the Unreal Engine 4 will be used for, but it has been confirmed that they will be using the Unreal Engine in cohesion with Square's own Luminous Engine.
Square's Demon's Score for mobile handsets is already running on the Unreal Engine 3 and it's just one of many upcoming titles from the studio that will be making use of Epic's engine.
Square finalized the deal with Epic Games Japan (as if Square would really manage their day-to-day business operations with Epic's Austin studio? Ha!) and Epic's Japanese studio will work closely with the publishing giant to help support them during the production phase of development.
Taka Kawasaki, territory manager of Epic Games Japan commented in the press release, saying...
“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.”
It's pretty obvious that Square is getting a heard start on the next generation race. Starting now would probably have their titles ready in time for a 2014 holiday release. Any ideas what sort of brands or IP square might be tapping for the next-gen? The company mentioned last year during their second quarter financial report that they would have 10 new IP on the horizon, and Demon's Score, Quantum Conundrum and Sleeping Dogs makes up for three... seven to go.