Right on the heels of the announcement that it will be a “multi-part series”, Square Enix has finally revealed what game engine will be powering Final Fantasy VII on PlayStation 4. It turns out that it will be Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering that Kingdom Hearts III is also running off of the highly powerful engine.
You can take a look at Unreal Engine 4 in action right now by checking out the Final Fantasy VII gameplay trailer that was unveiled during the PlayStation Experience:
Both Square Enix and Epic Games have spoken about the arrangement. “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,” said Square Enix’s Yoshinori Kitase. “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.”
Epic Games Japan’s territory manager Taka Kawasaki was equally as ecstatic. “We’re humbled that Square Enix has chosen Unreal Engine 4 to recreate one of the world’s most beloved video games of all time,” said Kawasaki. “It is a joy to work with the talented developers behind the franchise, and this marks an unforgettable moment in Unreal Engine history.”
This closes the book on any speculation that Final Fantasy VII would be using Square Enix’s own Luminous Studio game engine. Luminous Studio was first shown in 2011, and was shown off during E3 2012 by powering a tech demo called Agni’s Philosophy. Currently, Luminous Engine is being used to power Final Fantasy XV.
Final Fantasy VII is currently in development for PlayStation 4. Let us know in the comments if you are disappointed that Square Enix chose Unreal Engine 4 over the Luminous Studio game engine.