Square-Enix Acquires Unreal Engine 3

In somewhat weird news Square-Enix have announced they have acquired a license to use the Unreal Engine 3 middleware from Epic Games to help in their development of future video games. They go on to say they believe they need the engine to help them develop games with higher efficiency and higher quality. They also say they want to use the engine as they believe they now have to take a different stance on game development than before and the Unreal Engine 3 will assist them in keeping up to date.

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,” said Taku Murata, General Manager, Research and Development Division at Square Enix. “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.

We’re extremely excited to be working with Square Enix,” said Jay Wilbur, Vice President, Epic Games, Inc. “Square Enix is one of the biggest and most influential companies in the world-wide game business, and having them work with Unreal Engine 3 is a major honor for us and something we’re very proud to be announcing.

While we don’t think Square-Enix will now break into the action genre with a bang you have got to admit most Unreal Engine 3 games have a certain look and feel to them and nothing out of Square-Enix’s back catalog resembles anything like Gears Of War, Bioshock, Unreal Tournament, Mass Effect or other games using the engine. It should be intresting to see what Square-Enix make of the new technology they now have available to them.