Luminous engine demo shows off on-the-fly tweaking

Tuesday, 27th November 2012 23:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Square Enix has released a new demo for its Luminous engine, showing off the tech’s boast-worthy rendering capacities, which allow developers to change parameters and see results in real time.

In the video below you’ll see the action pause as someone fiddles with a menu; with just a few clicks, things like lighting effects, hair length and number of objects on screen are changed, and then immediately visualised in the cinematic. This is pretty amazing.

The original demo itself is still well worth a look, too. Square Enix has at least one game on the go in Luminous but as the engine isn’t complete the new title hasn’t gone into full production and has not been announced.

Thanks, Siliconera.



  1. monkeygourmet

    Purdy! :)

    Didn’t Square use unreal or FF13?

    So will the new FF use this engine or Unreal 4?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    If that’s how next gen can eventually look…fucking hell, bring it!!!!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    Square signed a deal with Epic to use Unreal. Luminous will be used for their internal stuff like FF but for their owned developers like EDIos will be using Unreal.

    Unreal 4 has this same feature as well.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    Yeah exactly.Unreal deal was signed, but it was not meant for FF games. FF13 series use crystal tools engine which can be called the predecessor of luminous engine.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. manamana

    This is still impressive stuff, man just look at those gorgeous graphics! Almost forgot about that after it got so quiet after E3. Am I the only one who is still flashed by this and cannot wait for next-gen consoles? We defenitely need more next-gen game teasers and stuff, that’s for shure!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. roadkill

    Sweet! :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. dex3108

    Graphic is not that important i am still waiting to see next-gen gameplay revolution :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    I recall reading something that this engine was going to be used for other games than FF too. So maybe perhaps a new Tomb Raider and the new Hitman?

    #8 2 years ago

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