Square Enix reveals Next-Gen Engine

Written by Chad

June 6, 2012


Square Enix presented a tech demo for their newest next-gen engine called the Luminous Studio Engine at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It is said that this will be the “next generation of quality games”.

They are branding the demo as the “Final Fantasy Realtime Tech Demo”, stating that the video is not a CG cutscene, but instead the graphics are rendered in realtime. So this is what you will expect when you play a Final Fantasy game on a next generation console.

The tech demo is entitled “Agni’s Philosophy” and take note this is not an upcoming game, rather it is only created to be used as a tech demo for their newest engine. The Luminous Studio Engine is still in development and hopefully we will get to see this in future game consoles.

Here is the press release of Square Enix regarding on the Luminous Studio Engine

Thanks to the LUMINOUS STUDIO engine, the demo video can depict high quality “real time computer graphics” at the same level as “pre-rendered computer graphics.” The fine details of the characters, who express life-like humanity, are showcased through their rich facial expressions, subtleties of their pupils and hair, and their brilliantly flowing garments. The characters, along with the vibrant monsters, transport the viewer into the world created by the LUMINOUS STUDIO engine.

Furthermore, the demo video production was created through the lens of the FINAL FANTASY series, where ancient magic and advanced science coexist in a near-futuristic world. The video depicts a life-changing encounter for our heroine, the magic-wielding protagonist Agni.

The LUMINOUS STUDIO game engine aims to bring about greater productivity within game production teams, while simultaneously offering an environment to create games of fantastic quality. Furthermore, the LUMINOUS STUDIO game engine is planned to support game consoles, PC, smartphones, and the web, encapsulating the many platforms of the next generation of quality.

AGNI’S PHILOSOPHY showcases the level of quality that Square Enix is aiming for in next generation games.


Check out the video of the said demo and experience the breathtaking visuals of their next-gen engine.

(be sure to watch it on HD for best results)




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