Square Enix has signed a "long-term" Unreal Engine licensing agreement with Epic Games, making the global publisher the first publicly confirmed licensee of Epic's next-generation Unreal Engine 4, Epic announced today.
The agreement also covers Unreal Engine 3, the technology that powers a wide variety of modern games on consoles and mobile devices. The pact applies across all of Square Enix's studios, giving them "full access" to Unreal Engine software, according to a press release from Epic Games announcing the deal.
In addition, Epic's Unreal Engine will supplement the proprietary technology being used at Square Enix's studios. That would likely include the publisher's in-house, next-generation Luminous Studio engine, which the company debuted at E3 this year with a Final Fantasy tech demo called "Agni's Philosophy."
"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, which worked closely with Square Enix to broker the agreement and will support the publisher locally.
Square Enix previously published the Unreal Engine 3 game Demons' Score, an iOS and Android title developed by iNiS that launched last month.