Square Enix does it again — just when you thought they were done turning heads and peeling back scalps from releasing a gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XV, Square decided to release an unscripted gameplay demo. The demo showcases what Square Enix’s Luminous Studio game engine can truly do.
Behold the live demo and all of its glory, below:
I can honestly say that I have not seen anything that can compare to what the Luminous Studio can pull off — the level of realism that this demo shows off is unbelievable — for example, when it began to rain, the character’s skin began to glisten while their clothes started to behave like they were actually wet: sticking to the character’s skin, allowing us to see the outlining of their muscles through their clothing. Speaking about rain, when the camera was zoomed to the ground, you could actually see each drop hit the pavement — it also doesn’t hurt to mention that the rain within the demo actually sounded like I was standing in the middle of a rainstorm.
To peel our heads even further back, Square Enix also gave us a little more on the game’s combat. It appears that the combat in Final Fantasy XV is in-fact, going to be in real-time. Which is to be expected since the game is heavily influenced by its former director, Tetsuya Nomura, who is the director of the Kingdom Hearts series. The combat appears to rely majorly on teamwork — by tag-teaming enemy forces with AI partners through performing combination attacks with party members.
This game is coming together beautifully, and it appears that it is going to be well worth the more than six year wait.
WIth all these trailers, announcements, and news surrounding Final Fantasy XV, I can only hope that they will soon announce a release window for the game.