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Square Enix signs long-term Unreal Engine 4 deal

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Square Enix has announced a long-term agreement with Epic Games to use the studio's Unreal Engine.

The deal grants Square Enix a license to use Unreal Engine 3 and Unreal Engine 4 in games across all of its studios.


Unreal Engine is a very versatile development tool, with Unreal Engine 3 capable of running on consoles, PC and even mobile devices. Square Enix's own recent iOS and Android release, Demon's Score, used Unreal Engine 3.

Because Unreal Engine can run on so many systems, it is especially helpful for developing multiplatform games, something that Square Enix has begun to do more of with titles like Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution and Tomb Raider.

Unreal Engine 4 is primarily being used in PC and next-generation console games, though Square Enix has not announced any titles yet to use the engine.

"Epic has a strong relationship with Square Enix, and it's an honour to provide their creative and technical talent with the best game technology available for licensing," Epic Games Japan territory manager Taka Kawasaki said.

"We look forward to supporting their developers with world-class tools for years to come."

The deal is somewhat surprising since earlier this year Square Enix revealed impressive test footage from its own next-generation Luminous engine.

Watch the Square Enix Luminous engine trailer below:

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