Behold the Next Generation of Final Fantasy

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Behold the Next Generation of Final Fantasy

Square-Enix's Final Fantasy tech demo looks incredible.

We now know that the earlier rumor that Final Fantasy Versus XIII would be rebranded Final Fantasy XV was false. So what will the actual FF15 look like? This real-time tech demo from Square-Enix, called "Agni's Philosophy," goes a long way towards answering that question.

Once again, this tech demo is real-time. It isn't pre-rendered. This must be emphasized, because good lord it's beautiful. You can see individual strands of wispy white hair in an old man's beard as they blow in the wind, and those environments are absolutely stunning. The real-time in-engine graphics seen here are heads and shoulders above Square-Enix's legendary pre-rendered cutscenes we've seen in previous Final Fantasies - even the ones in this generation's FF13!

In the video, our heroine, Agni, gets herself involved in some serious trouble when a group of terrorists (?) storms some kind of summoning ritual (?) and just starts blasting away. I don't really know what's going on, but there are hellhounds and solar eclipses and crystals and dragons, and it all looks stunning.

It may only be a tech demo, but I'd love to see "Agni's Philosophy" turned into a real game, whether Final Fantasy or not. The world has a unique and palpable aesthetic that feels very south-Asian - kind of like a city in a fantastic, futuristic version of India. Which would make sense, given that Agni is a Hindu deity. If this tech demo ended up forming the foundation for FF15, I'd be psyched for a new Final Fantasy for the first time in years.

Then again, perhaps it's best to not get our hopes up. It wouldn't be the first time Sony has teased a Final Fantasy tech demo and not delivered, after all.

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if this a final fantasy game? Why are the badguys using AKs?? Shouldn't they be using gunblades instead??

God damn that looks nice...hopefully they will utilize it with some incredible game-play because even if the game looks gorgeous...if the game arse, it's not worth a buy, after seeing the Dishonored game-play trailer and feeling underwhelmed, I learned not to be hyped by trailers that show little to no game-play...

um... yes that isn't just an fmv, but that is still just a cutscene, yes, it looks nice, but its character models running around a painted back drop...

10-2 was a kick in the balls but I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF12 and was very excited, and that was an even harder kick in the balls but still I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF 13 and I was beyond excited and that game grew arms, got a Cricket bat and beat the shit out of me.

I have no more faith in Square Enix anymore. In fact now I think about it I have never liked a Square Enix game. The last Final Fantasy I liked was 10 and that was the last game made by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix.

ForgottenPr0digy:
if this a final fantasy game? Why are the badguys using AKs?? Shouldn't they be using gunblades instead??

It's not a Final Fantasy game, it's just a tech demo for the engine that they're using.

It may be a real-time rendering, but it's not likely on a PS3 or especially not an XBox360. If they want to sell (out), they'll put the game on those consoles.

Plus, this is no better than a cutscene anyways and making i a real-time rendering would make no difference than a simple prerendered video.

Gizmo1990:
The last Final Fantasy I liked was 10 and that was the last game made by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix.

Actually that would be FFXI. It came out in Japan in 2002, and the merger didn't happen until 2003.

And yes, it was a very good MMO for its time.

EmperorSubcutaneous:

Gizmo1990:
The last Final Fantasy I liked was 10 and that was the last game made by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix.

Actually that would be FFXI. It came out in Japan in 2002, and the merger didn't happen until 2003.

And yes, it was a very good MMO for its time.

Fair enough I can admit when I am wrong. I tip my hat to you good sir. But I cannot judge the game. The only MMO I have played is the Old Republic

*Sigh* Why is it always the Ditsy one that gets the mystical power?

If they would just go back to actual Gameplay the FF series could be good again, but instead they want to see how much they can make you pay for a movie with basically just quick time events.Not did people fall for it once, but twice with the purchase of FFXIII2. So for those turds that bought the second one thanks for ruining the series because Square is just going to continue raping it, like Speilberg did to Indiana, and Lucas does to Star Wars, with no lube a spiked fetish dildo and not even a kiss on the cheek afterwards.

Eh, FF13 is still the most beautiful looking game for me. Can't put my finger on why, character design maybe (for the faces). Also, there is absolutely no need to make another engine when the crystal engine looks that good. Stop wasting money Square Enix.

Did I see a different video to all of you? This was either as impressive, or more impressive than the Kara tech demo from Quantic Dreams, and I don't think anyone really appreciates that this came from Square Enix's R&D department, not from a development team. So this is all concept work not tied to any game or with any gameplay in mind, this is just for the sake of showing what can be done visually and in no way wasted money that was going to be used to make a game.
And I don't even like Square Enix...

The YouTube tags say DirectX 11. This thing is running on Windows, probably with a beast of a machine (Dual GTX 690s in SLI, maybe?). Gorgeous though it may be, I can't be nearly as impressed as I would be if this was demonstrating something within consumers' reach. As it is, it's really more of a portfolio item for their graphics team.

P.S. Thanks

Yes it's pretty, but what about gameplay? What about a small story to go with this tech demo? These are the real questions that need to be answered Square. FF13 graphics were fine as the next big step in graphic design.

I liked FF13, but after FF10, none of the other games interested me whatsoever. FF11 was boring, FF12 made me want to destroy it and FF14 I did not care for as soon as I heard it was going to be an "MMORPG" (way before the whole disaster happen).

Richardplex:
Eh, FF13 is still the most beautiful looking game for me. Can't put my finger on why, character design maybe (for the faces). Also, there is absolutely no need to make another engine when the crystal engine looks that good. Stop wasting money Square Enix.

Agreed. Stop wasting money on graphics and start on the other 2 things that make a game good: Story and gameplay.

Yes, real time, on a server computer probably. Sorry, you cant run that level of detail, REAL TIME, on a regular computer. It needs to be a colossus no normal person can afford, like...sayyyy...the ones they use at E3 for massive tech demos tons of games and overrunned trailers. :)

Gizmo1990:
10-2 was a kick in the balls but I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF12 and was very excited, and that was an even harder kick in the balls but still I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF 13 and I was beyond excited and that game grew arms, got a Cricket bat and beat the shit out of me.

I have no more faith in Square Enix anymore. In fact now I think about it I have never liked a Square Enix game. The last Final Fantasy I liked was 10 and that was the last game made by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix.

You know, I've seen you post essentially this exact same thing in a strangely large number of threads. It's not that I'm annoyed or anything, just noticed it is all.

So it's a tech demo. I suppose I'm supposed to care about this? Well I don't. When I'm likely not to play a game on that engine for the next several years I find it hard to get worked up over its capabilities.

Gizmo1990:

EmperorSubcutaneous:

Gizmo1990:
The last Final Fantasy I liked was 10 and that was the last game made by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix.

Actually that would be FFXI. It came out in Japan in 2002, and the merger didn't happen until 2003.

And yes, it was a very good MMO for its time.

Fair enough I can admit when I am wrong. I tip my hat to you good sir. But I cannot judge the game. The only MMO I have played is the Old Republic

Turns out I spoke too soon; X-2 was the last game made by Squaresoft before the merger. That's a surprise.

Yeah yeah, we know Square Enix can do good graphics.

Where are the good games?

(Made, not just published. DX:HR is a good game.)

Revnak:

Gizmo1990:
10-2 was a kick in the balls but I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF12 and was very excited, and that was an even harder kick in the balls but still I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF 13 and I was beyond excited and that game grew arms, got a Cricket bat and beat the shit out of me.

I have no more faith in Square Enix anymore. In fact now I think about it I have never liked a Square Enix game. The last Final Fantasy I liked was 10 and that was the last game made by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix.

You know, I've seen you post essentially this exact same thing in a strangely large number of threads. It's not that I'm annoyed or anything, just noticed it is all.

So it's a tech demo. I suppose I'm supposed to care about this? Well I don't. When I'm likely not to play a game on that engine for the next several years I find it hard to get worked up over its capabilities.

wow really? I guess there have been more than a few FF threds recently. Unless you have a really good memory.

Looking back on my post history you are right but this has been my opinion for a long time.

Gizmo1990:

Revnak:

Gizmo1990:
10-2 was a kick in the balls but I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF12 and was very excited, and that was an even harder kick in the balls but still I forgave them. I saw the trailer for FF 13 and I was beyond excited and that game grew arms, got a Cricket bat and beat the shit out of me.

I have no more faith in Square Enix anymore. In fact now I think about it I have never liked a Square Enix game. The last Final Fantasy I liked was 10 and that was the last game made by Squaresoft before they merged with Enix.

You know, I've seen you post essentially this exact same thing in a strangely large number of threads. It's not that I'm annoyed or anything, just noticed it is all.

So it's a tech demo. I suppose I'm supposed to care about this? Well I don't. When I'm likely not to play a game on that engine for the next several years I find it hard to get worked up over its capabilities.

wow really? I guess there have been more than a few FF threds recently. Unless you have a really good memory.

Looking back on my post history you are right but this has been my opinion for a long time.

My memory is amazing for concepts, but terrible for names. That and I think you posted on the Versus rumor thread as well as a couple random older ones I remembered somehow. It helps that you have a fairly distinctive avatar.

Revnak:

Gizmo1990:

Revnak:

You know, I've seen you post essentially this exact same thing in a strangely large number of threads. It's not that I'm annoyed or anything, just noticed it is all.

So it's a tech demo. I suppose I'm supposed to care about this? Well I don't. When I'm likely not to play a game on that engine for the next several years I find it hard to get worked up over its capabilities.

wow really? I guess there have been more than a few FF threds recently. Unless you have a really good memory.

Looking back on my post history you are right but this has been my opinion for a long time.

My memory is amazing for concepts, but terrible for names. That and I think you posted on the Versus rumor thread as well as a couple random older ones I remembered somehow. It helps that you have a fairly distinctive avatar.

I have Gizmo for two reasons:
1. He is awersom
2. anyone who gets angry at something I post just has to look at him and the anger just evaporates because he is just so damn cute.

If they actually make this into a game I'll play it.

If they make another run of the mill FF, I'll ignore it.

Simple really.

Reluctantly I tried FF 13 to try and catch up since they said FF 13-2 was good. I still haven't beaten it. This does look good however, almost cutting out the middle man of rendered cutscenes. If this isn't only a demonstration of what Square Enix is capable of, but what the industry can create in the next gen, I remain hopeful that we are in for at least a visual ride.

KingdomFantasyXIII:
Yes it's pretty, but what about gameplay? What about a small story to go with this tech demo? These are the real questions that need to be answered Square. FF13 graphics were fine as the next big step in graphic design.

I liked FF13, but after FF10, none of the other games interested me whatsoever. FF11 was boring, FF12 made me want to destroy it and FF14 I did not care for as soon as I heard it was going to be an "MMORPG" (way before the whole disaster happen).

Richardplex:
Eh, FF13 is still the most beautiful looking game for me. Can't put my finger on why, character design maybe (for the faces). Also, there is absolutely no need to make another engine when the crystal engine looks that good. Stop wasting money Square Enix.

Agreed. Stop wasting money on graphics and start on the other 2 things that make a game good: Story and gameplay.

captcha: 'of course'

And yes yes! Glad I'm not the only one thinking this. Final fantasy focuses wayyy too much on being pretty. FF13 was marvelously beautiful...but the story sucked lard balls. And the characters.. *shudders*

If only they 'get this'. The combat system wasn't even bad...but we have other games like Persona 4 which look last-gen, but have much better stories/characters, and I'd definitely prefer the latter. But why not have BOTH?!

Also

*looks at video*

so it's confirmed? FF15 will come out in 8 years? >_>

Ignoring small hints to the Final Fantasy universe, I wasn't sure if I was watching a Resident Evil trailer or a Final Fantasy trailer. I can't deny the beauty of the tech demo, but I can't say I liked the art direction much (at least when it's meant to fall within the Final Fantasy universe). Anyway, it was just a Squeenix tech demo, so I won't allow myself to go beyond hoping we see that level of tech in a FF game... eventually.

antipunt:

KingdomFantasyXIII:
Yes it's pretty, but what about gameplay? What about a small story to go with this tech demo? These are the real questions that need to be answered Square. FF13 graphics were fine as the next big step in graphic design.

I liked FF13, but after FF10, none of the other games interested me whatsoever. FF11 was boring, FF12 made me want to destroy it and FF14 I did not care for as soon as I heard it was going to be an "MMORPG" (way before the whole disaster happen).

Richardplex:
Eh, FF13 is still the most beautiful looking game for me. Can't put my finger on why, character design maybe (for the faces). Also, there is absolutely no need to make another engine when the crystal engine looks that good. Stop wasting money Square Enix.

Agreed. Stop wasting money on graphics and start on the other 2 things that make a game good: Story and gameplay.

captcha: 'of course'

And yes yes! Glad I'm not the only one thinking this. Final fantasy focuses wayyy too much on being pretty. FF13 was marvelously beautiful...but the story sucked lard balls. And the characters.. *shudders*

If only they 'get this'. The combat system wasn't even bad...but we have other games like Persona 4 which look last-gen, but have much better stories/characters, and I'd definitely prefer the latter. But why not have BOTH?!

Also

*looks at video*

so it's confirmed? FF15 will come out in 8 years? >_>

Well like I said, I did like FF13 for the gameplay (mostly, hated the auto attack button), most of the characters (I would totally put a wedding ring on Lighting Farron if I could =3c) and I thought the story was decent (not saying it could not have been tweaked, but I still liked it.) Showing this as a mini story with gameplay could get more people to get excited about it instead of just showing a pretty Real time scene.

This is the engine that Nomura confirmed Versus 13 was using. So first Versus 13, then FF15.

Interesting. Certainly felt very different from what Final Fantasy usually feels like, but they've experimented with more "realistic" elements to varying degrees before. Also, the healing glowy soda thing acts in the way I always imagined Cure spells worked: spontaneous cell regeneration to mend wounds, sometimes painfully.

Captcha:
"don't tase me"

Pretty sure that's what the guys with AKs were thinking when they got zapped with lightning, yeah.

Doesn't look much like a FF game, aside from the dragon popping in at the end. But whatever, I thought the same thing when FFXIII was announced.

One thing I didn't like was the shaky camera effect. They've done this before and all but it seemed like too much in this case. There wasn't much to figure out there but I gave me a hard time when I was watching the demo.

And yes! I love FF graphics and all. I remember when I played FFVIII and I thought it couldn't get any better than that. I love that aspect but not as much as I'd love a good story. FF is known for having epic stories (Mostly love stories. Nothing wrong with that; they're good at it). But as of lately, I haven't felt that kind of epic-ness from a FF game. I love my FF games and I own most of them. But the latest FF hasn't made me want to play it nonstop like I used to. I haven't played FFXIII in months and FFXIII-2 is waiting for me too. I just don't know. *Sigh*

Anyway, I'd say Square has enough chiz on their plate as it is. FFXIV, FF Versus, that TWEWY2 rumor, maybe bringing Type 0 to the US, KH3 if they ever decide to work on it...but no good games coming out soon. I guess maybe Hitman and Tomb Raider but I wouldn't even count those. You know why.

Me: :D Nice graphics!

Square Rep: Thank you.

Me: Will you put the same efforts on gameplay, and storytelling when the next game comes out?

Square Rep:Uh....

Me: -_^ Uh....what?

Square Rep: Well we got a bunch of tenth graders writing the story and a dog is doing the gameplay...but, hey look at them graphics!

Me: Um, that's great, but what about--

Square Rep: Sparkly Graphics!

Me: but,--

Square Rep: Spirits Within was a graphically impressive movie!

Me: -_- THat's great square,,just great...pretty,pretty graphics.*yawn.*

Seriously ,Square just give us a good game please! I beg of you, I used to love you guys now I fell weird knowing a quarter of my RPG experiences came from your games.

Oi.

Brown + Brown + Terrorists with AK's. Where have I seen this, before?

DVS BSTrD:
*Sigh* Why is it always the Ditsy one that gets the mystical power?

What did she do that was ditzy? Except have a vagina?

They say real-time but is that real-time on a PS3 or real-time on a high end PC?

Mygaffer:
They say real-time but is that real-time on a PS3 or real-time on a high end PC?

Super charged high end PC.

because its always the ditzy one so they can formulate an excuse for not using god tier powers for personal gain...

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