Square Enix Working on New RPG. It's Not Final FantasyNor is it Dragon Quest. As mentioned in an upcoming issue of Famitsu, the Tokyo-based game company is working on a new action role-playing game. The game currently does not have a title.

While info has leaked from Famitsu, the full article has yet to hit newsstands.

Helming the game will be Ryutaro Ichimura, who produced several Dragon Quest games, including Dragon Quest IX, Dragon Quest Swords and kiddy arcade game Dragon Quest Battle Road.

Square Enix will develop the game, an action role-playing game, internally—on the Epic Unreal Engine. This isn't a first for Square Enix, who also did The Last Remnant (above, pictured) on Unreal.

According to the leak, Famitsu has images of the game's protagonist. And the game's character design looks as though it's aimed at Western players.

Currently, the core staff working on the game consists of 35 individuals. Square Enix plans on running help wanted ads to assemble a bigger team.

Ichimura apparently told Famitsu that two years were spent circling the globe, surveying players, assembling art, and solidifying the basis of the game. Not sure why 2 years required. They could have just played Mass Effect or The Elder Scrolls and called it a day.

If this leak turns out to be true, expect confirmation later this week. In the meantime, Kotaku is following up with Square Enix.

【スクエニ】新大プロジェクト発表!完全新規ARPG始動! [オタク.com]

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Square Enix has announced that it plans on using Unreal Engine 3 on "multiple games." The deal was brokered in part by Epic Games Japan.

"Many Western games have achieved great success with the Unreal Engine, and this milestone reflects the Japanese development community’s trust in our technical prowess," Epic Games Japan's Taka Kawasaki said in the announcement. "We can’t wait to see how Square Enix fuses the power of Unreal Engine 3 with its beautiful characters, enthralling storylines and fantastic gameplay."

The announcement is odd, given the company's investment in its own proprietary engines, including Crystal Tools used on Final Fantasy XIII, the unrelated Crystal Engine for Deus Ex and Tomb Raider, and the Glacier Engine for IO Interactive's games. The company is also working on a next-gen DX11 engine currently called the Luminous Studio.

It's also not the first time the company has used the Unreal Engine. The Last Remnant (pictured above) was an internally-developed RPG using Epic's tech, and was critically panned for its various technological shortcomings.

Given the company's focus on its own internal engines, and its poor history with Unreal Engine, it's surprising that the company is giving the engine a second chance. It's likely that whatever projects utilizing Epic's toolset will be very multiplatform. Unlike Square Enix's own tools, Unreal Engine 3 can be deployed on a number of platforms, including PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Vita, and (probably most importantly of all), iOS.


Final Fantasy maker Square Enix has signed Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to make multiple unannounced games.

Square Enix signed on the bottom line after meeting with Epic Games Japan, the Gears of War developer's Japanese branch.

It is unclear which games this deal relates to, but quotes from Taka Kawasaki, territory manager of Epic Games Japan, suggest Square Enix Japan will make use of the tech.

"Many Western games have achieved great success with the Unreal Engine, and this milestone reflects the Japanese development community's trust in our technical prowess," he said.

"We can't wait to see how Square Enix fuses the power of Unreal Engine 3 with its beautiful characters, enthralling storylines and fantastic gameplay."

Square Enix Japan creates the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts games.

Its studios in the West make Tomb Raider, Hitman, Kane & Lynch, Deus Ex, Thief and Legacy of Kain.

Hitman maker IO Interactive uses the new Glacier 2.0 engine, which is next-gen ready. Crystal Dynamics' CDC Engine is used for the upcoming Tomb Raider.

Details about the games using the Unreal Engine under this license agreement will be revealed by Square Enix, Epic said.

Square Enix Japan recently announced its next generation engine, Luminous Studio. Luminous Studio is said to be similar to Unreal Engine, and is DirectX 11 ready in anticipation of the transition to the next generation of consoles.

The deal with Epic suggests Unreal Engine 3 will be used in the short term by Square Enix.

Square Enix has form with Unreal. It used the tech to make role-playing game The Last Remnant in 2008.

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