Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!
Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!
Epic Games announceв that FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is created with Unreal Engine 4. Square Enix is using using Epic’s incredible technology to transfer the iconic game into the next generation of interactive entertainment. The game features amazing graphics, fast combat and incredible character design.
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.
Yoshinori Kitase, Square Enix
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. It is a joy to work with the talented developers behind the franchise, and this marks an unforgettable moment in Unreal Engine history.
Taka Kawasaki, territory manager for Epic Games Japan
Square Enix used to build all the modern Final Fantasy games (starting with Final Fantasy XIII) with the help of its proprietary game engine. The company invested a lot of time and money into the development of its new tool, which managed to create quite a feature rich image with all the details and great lighting effects. This engine was used for the Agni’s Philosophy and Witch Chapter 0 tech demos, which looked incredible. It also powers Final Fantasy XV. However, it seems that this platform does not suit the needs of the Final Fantasy VII REMAKE developers. It’s interesting, what was their reasoning for switching to UE4.
If you haven’t player Final Fantasy VII, you obviously need to play the Remake, which will let you relive game the world experienced in 1997 on the PlayStation. The game sold over 11 million copies worldwide and continues to stay one of the most loved JRPGs in the world.
Source: official press-release