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Japan Games Week 2023

March 13-17, 2023

In celebration of Fortnite's MEGA Chapter 4 - Season 2 launch, we wanted to highlight some awesome Unreal Engine-powered games coming out of Japan. For Japan Games Week 2023, expect a plethora of coverage on some incredibly diverse Japanese-developed titles including Hi-Fi Rush, Like a Dragon: Ishin!, and much more!

Monday, March 13
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How Unreal Engine helped Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio reinvent Like a Dragon: Ishin! for modern consoles

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio revisits one of its older Yakuza spin-offs with Like a Dragon: Ishin! The developer turns to Unreal Engine to remaster a title that never saw a Western release until now.

Crafting the neon lights and crushingly loud music of Tokyo Underground Killer

Unreal Engine’s Editor Utility Widget shaped the Epic MegaGrant recipient’s key manga look and feel.
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In case you missed it… Research and Destroy

RESEARCH and DESTROY used spreadsheets and a love of cartoons to deliver a uniquely funny take on strategy.

In case you missed it… Shin Megami Tensei V

The venerable JRPG studio talks about how it developed one of the most highly anticipated sequels for Nintendo Switch.
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Tuesday, March 14

Why Ukiyo is a casual game about escaping a Japanese virtual reality

Ukiyo’s Epic MegaGrant introduced devs to Japan’s indie game scene.
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Why Kanata Lab transitioned from musician to first-time game developer for 34EVERLAST

Syohei Ogami of Kanata Lab spent years as a successful musician, only to see a musical project turn into 34EVERLAST, a high-speed action game where you save parallel realities.

In case you missed it… Bloodstained

Famed Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi talks about creating a modern Igavania title, which has become one of the most beloved crowdfunded games yet.
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Wednesday, March 15

ONE PIECE ODYSSEY turns the popular manga into a rousing RPG adventure as a celebration of its 25th anniversary

For the 25th anniversary of the ONE PIECE manga and anime series, Bandai Namco Entertainment and ILCA explain how they crafted ONE PIECE ODYSSEY, an immense RPG adventure that honors the series’ history. 
Image courtesy of Bandai Namco Entertainment
Image courtesy of Bandai Namco Entertainment

In case you missed it… Soulcalibur VI

With revamped, modern graphics and a fighting system that is as deep as it is accessible, it's no surprise that the recently released SOULCALIBUR VI has garnered rave reviews.

In case you missed it… Bandai Namco

The team at BNE breaks down its use of UE across major franchises including TEKKEN, SOULCALIBUR, and ACE COMBAT.
Image courtesy of Bandai Namco Entertainment
Image courtesy of Bandai Namco Entertainment

In case you missed it… Tales of Arise

We speak to Bandai Namco’s development team about their five-year journey creating the seventeenth installment of award-winning JRPG series, Tales of Arise, using Unreal Engine.

Thursday, March 16

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Hi-Fi RUSH was inspired by Shaun of the Dead and Futurama

Developer Tango Gameworks talks about how Blueprints, UE’s Animation Editor, and the Editor Utility Widget allowed the studio to create the unique rhythmic action gameplay.

In case you missed it… Ghostwire Tokyo

How Tango Gameworks’ rediscovery of Tokyo’s charming mix of old and new powered its latest game.
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Inside Unreal | What it was like Prototyping Hi-Fi RUSH

This week in celebration of Unreal Engine’s Japan Games Week 2023 we’ll have on one of the developers of the incredible Hi-Fi RUSH! We’ll dive into the story of how the game was prototyped, what challenges were faced along the way (namely due to it being their first time using the engine!) and the sage advice learned from the process.

In case you missed it… -Guilty Gear -Strive-

Veteran fighting game developer Arc System Works details how it creates and balances its diverse cast of characters while carving out the series’ new visual identity.
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In case you missed it… Dragon Ball FighterZ

Bandai Namco Entertainment's Mark Religioso gets us up to speed on the newly-announced action RPG set within the Dragon Ball Z universe.

Friday, March 17

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In case you missed it… Octopath Traveler

We visited developer Acquire in Japan to get to the root of the game’s core concepts and find out how they succeeded in modernizing the art direction of classic JRPGs.

In case you missed it… Dragon Quest XI

We caught up with Dragon Quest XI Director Takeshi Uchikawa to explore the development of the biggest and most beautiful game in the long-running, esteemed JRPG series.

In case you missed it… Kingdom Hearts III

We speak to SQUARE ENIX about the role source code access and Blueprints played in bringing iconic Disney and Pixar worlds to life in the celebrated KINGDOM HEARTS III.

In case you missed it… Final Fantasy VII REMAKE Intergrade

Square Enix developers share how they took advantage of PlayStation 5’s extra performance power to bolster FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE’s lighting, framerate, VFX, load times, and more.
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Download Unreal Engine 5 today!

If you’re an existing Unreal Engine user, you can download Unreal Engine 5 from the Epic Games launcher. If you're looking to dive in for the first time, click the link below to get started. Either way, we hope you enjoy all the new features and upgrades, and as always, we encourage your feedback!