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Published on October 13th, 2011 | by Brandon


>Square Enix demos photo-realistic game engine

>At a recent press conference in Japan, Square Enix showed off its next-gen game engine called Luminous Studio, which is expected to launch in late 2012 to early 2013.  The new engine supports DirectX 11 and “includes cloth and fluid simulation, realtime reflections and highly efficient tessellation techniques that lower the level of detail of 3D models with minimal memory usage cost.”  Luminous Studio will also have advanced AI support and is being designed to scale from small casual games up to AAA titles.

This all sounds well and good, but you have to check out the pictures and video below to see just how impressive this new technology looks.  I’ve never been so awed by a parking garage.  (Click on the pictures to view them at their full resolution.)

Source: EdgeGamasutra

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3 Responses to >Square Enix demos photo-realistic game engine

  1. TheIMatty says:

    >i would wait until we see some more complex environments until we make a judgement :P

  2. ApotheosisNemesis says:

    >"Scumbag enix.

    Show off new graphics engine.

    Record in 480p…"

  3. RoryGreen says:

    >I'd like to see an environment other than the very simple one shown here. Outdoor environments will be much more of a test than artificially lit garages. It's easy to replicate how light from an artificial source acts, but it is much harder to replicate natural environments and the way that light reflects, refracts, is absorbed and emitted by various objects. I would argue that 'photorealism' in games has been a goal of the past, with more effort going into art styles and 'hyper-real' environments with certain features exaggerated, such as flares, bloom and HDR. I'd rather have lighting and environments such as those created in CryEngine 3, giving a much more dynamic set of visuals than those in the world around us.



Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.

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