Dragon Quest IX producer working on Square's Unreal-based action RPG

Earlier this month Square Enix announced it had once again licensed Unreal Engine 3 from developer Epic Games, this time for a number of unnamed titles.

Square Enix has yet to announce any games associated with the license agreement, but a handful of details on one Unreal Engine 3-based title have found their way online. One report points to a new game from Dragon Quest IX producer Ryutaro Ichimura, slated for current and possibly next generation consoles.

According to Famitsu [via Andriasang], Ichimura's project is described as a "massive, original action RPG" in development internally at Square Enix. The unnamed game is being developed for undisclosed consoles with Square Enix "looking at the possibility" of releasing it on the next generation of platforms, as well.

Ichimura's exact role in unclear, though, he typically falls into the role of producer. The game will not take place in either the Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy series.

Famitsu indicates that Square Enix currently employs a core staff of "around 35 people" for the project. Andriasang postulates that the article "is meant to be part of a staff solicitation" for the game, with Square Enix looking for "planners, programmers (network, 3D graphics, physics, animation) and designers (art, motion, VFX, background modeling and character modeling)."

Shacknews has reached out to Square Enix for comment and confirmation on the details revealed today, but have not heard back at the time of publishing.

[Pictured, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies]