07 Dec 2015 9:26 PM +00:00 UTC

Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Use Unreal Engine 4 Instead of an In-House Engine

Epic Games has announced in a new press release that the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake will use their game engine, Unreal Engine 4. This is interesting news, as Square Enix has often built in-house game engines from the ground up to power their games. Unreal Engine 4 is a massively popular engine used everywhere from indie developers to top-tier game studios. Here's what Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase had to say about it in the press release:

"We realize how special Final Fantasy VII is to fans, and we place our trust in Unreal Engine 4 technology and tools to help deliver this long-awaited remake, crafted for modern platforms. Working with the team at Epic and having their support throughout this process was invaluable and we're excited to bring the product of that collaboration to long-time fans and newcomers to the series."

I think the game engine shift is a good thing, because Unreal Engine 4 is one of the best engines available, and is used for many high-fidelity next-gen games. One of the reasons why Square Enix is notorious for long development cycles is because they often have to build their own game engines from scratch. One example is the Luminous Engine, which is being used to power the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. Kingdom Hearts 3 is also using Unreal Engine 4, and that game looks fantastic. For Final Fantasy VII Remake, hopefully the use of Epic Games' already-established engine means that the development can be sped up.