We showed you a tech demo from Square Enix back in October 2011, of an insanely realistic they were calling the Luminous Studio engine. Not everyone was sure what to think about it. The engine, the developers claimed, could create real-time graphics with photo-realistic quality.
Well, it seems that not only is this real, and likely coming to the markets, but it creates the most amazing in-game graphics we’ve ever seen. Don’t believe us? Check out the video below. That’s not a pre-rendered cutscene—that’s in-game graphics (at least that’s what Square Enix is telling us).
They also used the engine to tease us with a concept for a Final Fantasy game, which they neither confirm nor deny as being a future release. They state in a press release that “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.”
They showed the video at E3 2012. The engine is being developed internally by Square Enix, and they’re planning to have it support game consoles, PC, smartphones, and the Web.
They state “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.”