In the latest news from Epic Games, gladly signaling that they didn’t simply roll up the carpets and pull the shutters closed after the departure of Cliffy B from their ranks, the announcement has come that Square Enix has signed a multi-game licensing deal for Unreal Engine 3 and the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.
I think this is a good thing for gamers. Let’s be honest here. Square Enix is no slouch. They’ve released some of the top selling franchises in history – from Final fantasy to Kingdom Hearts – and have acquired some IP which places them in a very firm stance, competitively, with titles like Hitman and Tomb Raider.
Now the news has come that they have licensed what is arguably the best engine around, in Unreal Engine 3 and the work in progress Unreal Engine 3, which will most certainly take the gaming world by storm, much as its predecessor did. So what does this mean for the gaming world?
Well it means that one of the top publishing houses in the world is going to be able to offer its developers one of the best engines in the world. This will allow the developers to focus on the games themselves and not have to worry about creating new engines when they need to make new games. Since we know that Unreal Engine 3 has a number of tools built into it which allow developers to create full, feature rich games faster, this will also mean more games will be able to be released in a shorter amount of time, which is an amazing thing for those of us who love our gaming time.
“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,” said Taka Kawasaki, territory manager of Epic Games Japan. “We look forward to supporting their developers with world-class tools for years to come.”
The above statement speaks volumes. The tools and support Square Enix will get from this agreement will see them able to create great games faster and better. That’s amazing news for the gaming world.
About the Unreal Engine
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed toolset and scalability across major platforms. Operating on nine platforms, including PC, consoles and mobile devices, Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high-quality games, applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Powering hundreds of games and integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including seven Game Developer Front Line Awards and five Develop Industry Excellence Awards. The Unreal Engine also holds a seat in the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame. Epic recently revealed Unreal Engine 4, winner of multiple Best of E3 2012 awards, which offers unprecedented workflow improvements and graphical capabilities that provide unparalleled accessibility for developers building the next generation of games and applications. For additional information, please visit http://www.unrealengine.com.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Square Enix Co., Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content around the world. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 59 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix is a Japan-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. More information on Square Enix Co., Ltd. can be found at http://www.jp.square-enix.com/
About Epic Games
Established in 1991, Epic Games, Inc. develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company is responsible for the bestselling “Unreal” series of games, the blockbuster “Gears of War” franchise and the groundbreaking “Infinity Blade” line of mobile games. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology has won dozens of awards and is available for licensing. Epic is continually recruiting top talent for its studios located in North Carolina, Washington, Utah, Maryland, Poland, Korea and Japan. Additional information about Epic can be obtained at http://www.epicgames.com.