Square Enix and Epic Games have publicly announced a deal that makes the Japanese gaming giant the first to receive a “long term” license for the Unreal 4 engine.

In the press release, Epic Games Japan territory manager Taka Kawasaki lauds Square Enix’s history with the Unreal 3 engine, which musical gurus iNiS used to make Demon’s Score on the iOS, and hopes for nothing but the best from this new partnership.

“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. We look forward to supporting their developers with world-class tools for years to come.”

Pretty sure that Eidos must be rolling in excitement now, because they will most likely be the ones with the most access to the latest version of the popular graphical software. I wonder if we’ll see any Japanese games take advantage of the engine. Can you imagine a Final Fantasy game using Unreal 4. That would be…well…unreal.

Epic Games’ Fortnite is confirmed to be the first game to use the engine, so Square Enix will most likely follow suit once we get a taste of what is to come.

[via Joystiq]