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Stunning "Agni's Philosophy" tech demo shows the future of Final Fantasy


June 6, 2012

Square Enix, developer of the Final Fantasy series, premiered an impressive tech demo at E...

Square Enix, developer of the Final Fantasy series, premiered an impressive tech demo at E3 2012 for a new engine capable of rendering incredible, high-quality graphics in real-time

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Every E3 brings a fresh crop of video game trailers, each with more impressive visuals than the last. A new tech demo from Square Enix however may have blown them all out of the water in terms of graphics, and even give the KARA demo from a few months back some competition. The demo, titled Agni's Philosophy, was created with a new engine from Luminous Studios that depicts real-time graphics on par with pre-rendered CGI and will likely be used in a future installment of the acclaimed Final Fantasy series.

The video's quick storyline follows a group of wizards who are performing a ritual to summon an otherworldly creature when they are attacked by terrorists. Sparks and lightning bolts fly as one girl, Agni, escapes with a magical artifact and must fight off pursuing terrorists and mutated hyenas. It's definitely bizarre, but right in sync with the off-kilter stories in Final Fantasy games, which often blend advanced science with magic.

The focus though is clearly on the visuals, which are not very unusual for a Hollywood blockbuster, but just astounding for a real-time rendering in a video game. Aside from the flashy spells and gruesome monsters, the demo shows a remarkable amount of realism in the way human characters are portrayed in terms of their facial expressions and general animation. Square Enix enlisted Luminous Studio to build the game engine and is developing it further internally for use in future titles. The engine is planned for use in almost any platform, from consoles to PC to smartphones and the web.

Be sure to watch Agni's Philosophy below to see the incredible level of graphics that Square Enix hopes to achieve in the next generation of video games.

Source: Agni's Philosophy via Square Enix / PRNewswire

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Jonathan Fincher Jonathan grew up in Norway, China, and Trinidad before graduating film school and becoming an online writer covering green technology, history and design, as well as contributing to video game news sites like Filefront and 1Up. He currently resides in Texas, where his passions include video games, comics, and boring people who don't want to talk about either of those things.   All articles by Jonathan Fincher

Just the same as every other final fantasy... don't see any "great" improvement.

Ethan Spalding
6th June, 2012 @ 06:14 pm PDT

Amazing... wow... jaw-dropping gorgeous real-time graphics and effects. Particles, feathers, hair, skin, flare... it's got it all in spades.

Should be standard fare on the home PC/Console in 10 years.

6th June, 2012 @ 07:33 pm PDT

i don't give a rat's arse about anything final fantasy...

until i just saw that. My goosebumps are in full 1080p.

11th June, 2012 @ 09:31 pm PDT
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