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Square Enix's Secret Action RPG Uses The Unreal Engine

Well, you don't license engines for no reason.

According to Famitsu and as noted by Andriasang, Square Enix is currently working on an "original action RPG" that utilizes the Unreal Engine.

We don't know much about the project just yet, but Ryutaro Ichimura is part of the process (he's typically a producer for Square Enix titles), and we know it isn't part of the Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest franchises. The interesting part is that Ichimura told Famitsu that the team "traveled the world for the past two years and conducted user surveys to research art and gameplay direction for the game." As of now, the basics have been finalized and Famitsu showed off some concept art for the main character, heroine, and boss (at least, that's what we think those pictures are).

Square Enix is also looking for planners, programmers (network, 3D graphics, physics, animation) and designers (art, motion, VFX, background modeling and character modeling) for the mystery project. Personally, I've always wanted another full Dragon Quest for consoles...DQVIII remains an enduring favorite.

Tags: square enix, unreal engine, unreal engine 3, square enix action rpg

11/29/2011 8:46:33 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

Excelsior1
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 9:19:17 PM
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Dragon Quest 8 was a lot of fun. Maybe we will have an elite jrpg for the PS4 even if it is an action jrpg. Still waiting for one on the PS3. Sounds like they are putting a lot of effort into this project in terms of preproduction. I wonder what it will be called.

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Highlander
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 9:47:03 PM

You do realize that talking of an Elite JRPG being an action RPG is little more than a contradiction in terms or a paradox.

Seriously, action RPG and JRPG are nearly mutally exclusive concepts.

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Alienange
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 10:09:08 PM

You wouldn't call the Tales and Star Ocean series "action?"

I do. Hence the reason I hate them.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 10:58:06 PM

Tales was a little too simple for my taste, but Star Ocean retains a lot of JRPG strategy even though the battles are real time.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 11:34:45 PM

Tales of Destiny 2 for PS1 (same game known as Tales of Eternia for PSP) is an exception to the tales of franchise.

That one had an incredible amount of depth and a decent story to boot. I love the tales of games, but this particular one was an alarming amount greater than the rest.

If sampling the franchise, that's one you should definitely try. (Voice acting, too! And in a PS1 game, no less!

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Riku994
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 9:55:27 PM
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Dragon Quext X is for wii and it's a pseudo MMO >_>

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ZenChichiri
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 10:03:58 PM
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Xenogears meets Zone of the Enders.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 10:34:13 PM
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BLAGH!

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 1:05:20 AM

There there Jaw, I understand your disgust.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 10:40:12 PM
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This is what these asshats should have been doing INSTEAD of screwing with established franchises like Final Fantasy and Parasite Eve with action junk.

On another note, while I appreciate an attempt to appeal to gamers, this idea of going around and polling interests just smacks of brainlessness. They just want to make something that appeals to huge masses instead of coming up with a great concept on their own. That always leads to trouble. Get a vision, embrace that vision, and tell the world your story and they will appreciate it (e.g. Last Guardian, Bioshock, L.A. Noire, RDR, MGS4, Uncharted)

Furthermore, an RPG aimed at a world audience running on the Unreal engine huh? *cough* Last Remnant *cough*

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 11:35:48 PM

I agree. I have nothing wrong with SE wanting to spread their wings and try new things. I hope they succeed too. But like you, I wish it hadn't been done with already established franchises.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 3:14:27 AM

Yes indeed.

I actually look forward to learn more about this title from SE. I got a feeling it might be something I may find interesting.


Last edited by Beamboom on 11/30/2011 3:14:50 AM

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Underdog15
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 11:36:10 PM
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here, and say, "New IP".

:p

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 1:14:25 AM

Final Fantasy XIV.

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Ludakriss
Thursday, December 01, 2011 @ 4:35:15 AM

Ooh. Zing!

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bentl78
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 1:37:03 AM
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Seems SQ is moving in the direction

FF = PS & Xbox
DQ = Nintendo

As dq10 is gonna be a WII and WII U game MMORPG from what i read somewhere before..

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 2:39:12 AM
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All I'll say for now it better not be on the Wii...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 9:21:59 AM

Wii U I bet

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Bonampak
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 12:00:47 PM

They said that they want this game to come out for the consoles already out, if possible.

The Wii is going to get Dragon Quest X. The WiiU will have an updated version that game that works with the original.

So they're probably talking about a different game here.

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___________
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 4:40:25 AM
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im really interested in this.
every other game besides FF $E has released has been really good this gen, so this should be interesting at the least!
id bet its a new IP though, especially since its using such a radically different engine.

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Highlander
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 11:02:51 AM

"im really disinterested in this."

There, fixed it for ya!

;)

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___________
Thursday, December 01, 2011 @ 8:57:34 AM

why?
every other game $E has released this gen has been really good, so i have no reason to be "disinterested" in a westernized RPG.

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Ignitus
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 8:10:06 AM
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I hope it's a new Vagrant Story.

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keiichimorisato
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 11:03:10 AM
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dragon quest 8 was boring not enough plot development to keep me going del the same is said for the other dragon quest games.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 2:53:43 PM

DQ8 was the best damn jrpg ever made. It was hardly boring with more variety than most games ever made. The metacritic average also points to the incredible incorrectness of your comment.

Also, you don't know what a plot is. But that's ok. Most people confuse story with plot. I think you meant to say the story wasn't deep enough to keep you going. The plot is well executed. That opinion is fine to have if that is your experience.

But to call the game boring just tells me you are clearly just not into that style of game... because it executed it's style to -perfection-. And critics and professionals would agree with that.

Dragon Warrior 7 had more depth to the gameplay than any game you've ever enjoyed, I guarantee that.

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keiichimorisato
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 11:09:43 AM
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and FF VS XIII is going to be an action RPG and it looks great it has every traditional RPG element as well as being actiony and every tales game i have ever played has been an enjoyable experience. if you say a JRPG can't be an action RPG then you are missing out because in japan action JRPGs rant that uncommon just they don't come state side very often.

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Douchebaguette
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 4:25:13 PM
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And suddenly the pieces all fit together.

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b3mike
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 10:19:00 PM
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Gears of Chocobos

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