At the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on June 5th, Square Enix showed off a new, internally-developed game engine called Luminous Studio. In a video called "Agni's Philosophy" they exhibited the power to "depict high quality real time computer graphics at the same level as pre-rendered computer graphics." Decide for yourself how well you think it looks:
From the press release:
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.
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