Yeah, well, it's basically the most popular engine of the generation, so this isn't exactly surprising.
Today, Epic Games has announced an agreement with Square Enix that will give the Final Fantasy publisher license to develop multiple titles that use Epic's award-winning Unreal Engine 3.
Said Taka Kawasaki, Epic Games Japan territory manager:
"It is a pleasure to provide Square Enix with an exceptional game engine that will help them bring thrilling new experiences to legions of fans all over the world. 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. 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."
Did you notice it? That part about "many Western games" achieving great success with the engine in question? Does Square Enix ever not bring that up? The good news is that if a team is talented enough, they can do some pretty amazing things with the UE3; on the other hand, we've seen plenty of productions with that engine that lag behind cutting-edge presentations with custom-made engines. As usual, it's all about how you implement it, right?