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Square Enix

Square Enix has teamed up with NVIDIA and Microsoft and developed a tech demo showing what DirectX 12 can do. The tech demo, called WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry], was showed on Microsoft Build 2015 and featured Agni, who was also shown in Square Enix's previous tech demo Agni’s Philosophy 3 years ago.

Kingdom Hearts III

In an interview with Famitsu magazine this week director Tetsuya Nomura announced that the development of Kingdom Hearts III has moved from the Luminous Studios engine to Unreal Engine 4. It was announced earlier that Square Enix had some problems rendering with their in-house engine (Luminous Studios). They are now working closely with Epic Games to work through any issues the development team are having with the new engine.

---Once more, may we as about the state of development on KH3?

Nomura: It’s moving steadily along the estimated schedule. As an effect of us changing the game engine to Unreal Engine 4, which we did for several reasons, we had a lot of problems with the image creation, but we have been able to progress without incident with the collaboration of Epic Games.

Square Enix

You already might know this probably: Yesterday Sony announced the PlayStation 4 on their press conference in New York that was available for live streaming. The console itself was not shown, but they did show the DualShock 4 controller which will feature a touchpad and a bunch of new games that are currently in development.

Luminous Studio on PlayStation 4

Square Enix also made its appearance at the press conference. Yoshihisa Hashimoto, chief technology officer at Square Enix Japan, showed the Luminous Studio engine running on the PlayStation 4. It was the same tech demo as shown on the E3 previous year. After that Shinji Hashimoto took the floor and told that a new Final Fantasy game is in development for the PlayStation 4 and details will be announced at the E3.

If you want to watch the press conference, you can do so here. The PlayStation 4 is set for release this holiday.

Square Enix

Remember the (beautiful) tech demo Agni’s Philosophy that was shown during E3? Well, Square Enix released two new teasers with footage of the Luminous Studio engine when real-time editing a character. It seems Square Enix is aiming for photo realistic character creation.


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