Next-gen Final Fantasy tech demo shown

E3 2012: Square Enix's new Luminous Studio engine offers glimpse at what role-playing franchise could look like in future; tech aimed at consoles, PC, smartphones, and Web.

LOS ANGELES--What could a next-generation Final Fantasy game look like? Square Enix has answered that question through a new tech demo video titled Agni's Philosophy, which was published on the company's website last night and is embedded below.

Is this a look at the future of Final Fantasy?

The tech demo runs on Square Enix's new Luminous Studio game engine, which the company says is capable of depicting "high quality real time computer graphics at the same level as pre-rendered computer graphics." The Luminous Studio engine is currently in development at Square Enix and is planned to support game consoles, PCs, smartphones, and Web applications.

According to Square Enix, Agni's Philosophy is representative of the level of visual quality Square Enix is hoping to achieve with next-generation games. The demo is focused on a magic-wielding heroine name Agni and is set in a near-future world where ancient sorcery and advanced science coexist.

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chibigoten23
chibigoten23

Great visuals, as expected from SqaureEnix. But i think FFV should be like FFIX, take it back to the roots. Medieval setting, a reference to past games here and there, fixed calsses... Take a break from futuristic setting. I played VII and VIII and both are great games (I kinda think VII is a bit overrated and VIII underrated), but IX was a really refreshing game and reminded me a lot of the original which is probably my favorite in the series. Maybe X and XII change that when i play them, but FFI has a special place among games I played. And make it for the PC, not all of us have PS3.

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

DId anyone notice how that old man looks like Ezio in ACR?! Anyway, I can't say i like this video so much, it's strange, specially for SquareEnix.

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

ye i am not buying anything you "supposedly" present as a preview Square Enix...You reluctantly refused to make a remake of FF7 after TEASING the hell out of us back in 2005 just because you are FIXATED on creating an "FF Experience" that will surpass FF7...Well judging from the results so far ... it didn't work so well did it...The only FFs that are close or the same as good as FF7, are FF8 and FF10...If you are going to tease us once again with WHAT THE NEXT-GEN CAN DO (This is EXACTLY what Square Enix said back in 2005 with FF7 Tech Demo) then thanks but NO thanks ! Nobody is falling for that anymore..

Seifer24
Seifer24

Yeah yeah.Tech demo ff7 anyone?

Never happened.

The same happens for this it will never happen.

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

Remember FF7 tech demo for ps3?Did that ever happen? NO!!!!!!!!!As for this tech demo... if this is an actual in-game engine, good job! If this is based on an actual new ff game... thanks, but no thanks...

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

For a tech demo, it looks very impressive.  Of course, we all know that tech demos don't translate that well to actual gameplay, but from a purely technical standpoint, this engine looks like it will give the other high profile engines a run for their money.  Whether this kind of 'realism' is needed in many games going forward is debatable.

johnrare
johnrare

well at least make a final fantasy that doesnt have guns in it....

 

Final fantasy doesnt feel like Final Fantasy when there is modern weapon mix in with a fantasy game

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

the demo sucks,,, (at least to me.)

 

COD: Black Ops + meet Dragon Age: Origins + meet Final Fantasy  = EPIC FAIL

 

I mean,, what they're thinking,

this is like telling me to eat Baloney, Noodle and Ice Cream mixed in one whole fuckin plate.

onixevil
onixevil

Why all games start changing their styles to modern warfare game play

SinStarship
SinStarship

It's a tech demo people, not representative of the any game to come. As for everyone mentioning Final Fantasy 13 Versus, why do people treat it like a messiah of Final Fantasy series? I hate to say it but to me it now seems like vaporware, I would love to see it come but at this point I very much doubt it will. Even if it does come out however with the ridiculous hype it's generated people are again going to be disappointed. All because it won't match up to the god-like expectations that people place on the quality of a game after seeing a couple of trailers these days.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

I'm tired of guns in final fantasy games. It was only acceptable in Barret's gun arm and Squall's and Seifer's gun blades.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

Looks really good for real time, but I guess we'll see if they can actually make a game that runs and plays well out of the tech.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

Wake me up when they fix the godawful game play, equipment/skill diversity and writing....

 

so_hai
so_hai

The core series is less core than the spin-off games now...

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Nice I guess but ....uhh CAN I HAZ  VERSUS? (or an English copy of Type-0 at least)

Rei64
Rei64

if the story is good and the game play is fun, i would love to get my hands on that game in a year  for my console and do without some of the extra pretty rendering.

kuda001
kuda001

Engine looks great but it's a tech demo, creating a game using it is another.

ranzikiel
ranzikiel

well i love the graphics and effects..but i'm not sure if it's worth it cuz i need the gameplay!!~

ChocoboHunterX
ChocoboHunterX

So what the next final fantasy will be about jason bourne?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Square sunk so much expense into the graphics they forgot to purchase a Steadicam...

blackwing55
blackwing55

wow makes the games look amazing ohh that reminds me when is FINAL FANTASY VERSUS 13 coming out although its not that level of graphics it will by far do!

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

wow. Here is hoping it is actually fun to play. Squenix doesn't know how to make fun anymore though; only graphics. 

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Better looking teeth instead of textured on polys teeth, not needed but nice... Lots of special effects seem to be what this is about.

Doubt you'd get that in gameplay,  would be more likely in cutscenes and their usual lower poly/textured characters during the action... Nice amounts of particle effects and smooth lighting definately wouldn't get all that running with the hair and fur effects on everyone on todays consoles... But really isn't needed.

Could be an interesting story if they decide to go with it.

qwed88
qwed88

I'm so tired of these tech demos.  They're fun to look out but this is never what appears in a game.  I was more impressed with "Watch Dogs" and "The Last of Us", at least they're being played.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Of course its realtime, but with exacted scenes and postprocessing that can begine for the next scene before it 'airs' since its predetermined.  Lets see what they hope to accomplish on realtime gameplay graphics.

bobsimcool
bobsimcool

wow, they manage to have time to make new engine instead of finishing FF Versus 13 or localize FF type-0, ironic.

The_Roland
The_Roland

What the hell was that? Looked like a FF and COD crossover...

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

 @dr_jashugan  I agree they should show us some gameplay or we could assume that the gameplay sucks and they wanna make it up in cut scene graphics

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

That demo doesn't tell anything, because we all know that CUTSCENES are NOT THE SAME as GAMEPLAY. 8-\

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

the fact that Square Enix can create great tech demos and great technology is no surprise, the question is if they can use that tech to create a great FF game.

Vickman178
Vickman178

Why the hell do the bad guys have to be freaking taliban terrorists, they look completely out of place.

woodyfr
woodyfr

And it will cost you only $100 for this fantastic game !

rodier3
rodier3

When Ps3 has to come, I saw FF tech mode and it was ground breaking..  this looks like   5 years old game on PC.  +  Its always fail to show next gen tech show on fantasy genre. Better is fantasy -  complex cities, billboards, vehicles..  not that weirdy  inside cave where we cant see anything. 

tuarciano
tuarciano

Does this mean we can finally get to play FF  on PC (not counting FF7 & FF8)?

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

where is FFvsXIII? did it got cancelled or what?

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

You sure this is Final Fantasy and not Uncharted?

DrKill09
DrKill09

The only thing making this look good graphically is the frame rate.  Other than that, looks no better than Heavy Rain or Max Payne 3.

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

 @SinStarship hahaha i agree with the Vaporware but if you think that is one then what about Kingdom Hearts 3? At least FF 13 Versus had some gameplay footage and all! KH didn't even get teaser trailer not to talk about a release date window :P

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

 @kuda001  Can I ask what is the point of you telling us that?

 

Are you saying after years on working on this Engine, that they won't know how to make a game out of it?

kohle36
kohle36

 @raahsnavj LOL hope you enjoyed your cutscene. Now here's a corridor to walk down.

endorbr
endorbr

 @Darkman2007 Unfortunately I think we already know the answer to that question.

leeko_link
leeko_link

 @tuarciano Didn't FFXI and FFXIV already got that part cover? Last I remember FFXIV was released only for PC.

chibigoten23
chibigoten23

 @rhymesmatter  @SinStarship If KH3 happens it will be in very, very distant future. We all want it but it's like the FFVII remake, the more people want it, the more they have to wait for it and it is a possibility that it eventually will not be made.