Square Enix and Epic Games have announced the licensing of the Unreal Engine 3 to use in various upcoming projects for its next generation games.
The company's main technology, White Engine, is currently used for the latest Final Fantasy chapter for the Playstation 3, FFXIII. However, a combined platform is currently being built, using their own technologies as well as various third party options - including Unreal Engine 3.
"The complexity of next-generation game systems featuring HD graphics and multi-core parallel processing poses a number of technological challenges to our game development. However, we can expedite our game development process significantly while allowing extra time and resources to be spent on game design and mechanics by establishing an effective technology platform. The technology platform for game development is becoming more important than ever. I'm excited to be partnering with Epic Games in such an important area."
Taku Murata, general manager, research and development division at Square Enix.
Certainly excellent news for Square Enix, paving the way for the prospect of advances in both gameplay and visuals from the world's RPG giant.
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