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Square Enix has been showing off the Luminous Engine again. If they're to be believed, these are all real time but it is just a tech demo and isn't indicative of any products developed on the engine. It's targeting next-gen hardware.
While this is the next-generation of Square Enix's game engines, Hashimoto said the engine can also be adapted for current-generation consoles, but stopped short of confirming a current generation Luminous Studio game. He added that the demo was running on a very high-end PC with off-the-shelf commercial hardware.
And while, judging by the demo, the engine is capable of highly-detailed, high-budget productions, "It is possible that the Luminous engine could be used in a very broad way. ... [Angi's Philosophy] would be an example of a very high-end game. But on the other hand, very casual games also will be able to use this in a very simple manner. ... We're not really focusing on any specific genre -- all kinds."
Hashimoto added that Square Enix has no plans on licensing the engine, although it would be possible for Square Enix outsourcers to utilize Luminous Studio. And even though the engine will be the company's flagship tech, it won't be forced onto subsidiaries -- studio directors will choose what engine they want to use for their games.
Hashimoto couldn't specify when Luminous-powered games will hit the market, but he smiled and said, "It won't be that far from now."