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Square Enix Releases Agni’s Philosophy

Entertainment content company Square Enix has announced Agni’s Philosophy, a real-time technical demonstration movie that utilizes a game development technology.

The demo was scheduled to be presented on Tuesday, June 5, at its debut at E3 2012 in Los Angeles. The movie will also be available soon on its website:

Agni’s Philosophy demo video was produced with Luminous Studio, Square Enix’s game production environment (engine) for creating next generation games. The engine is currently in development internally at Square Enix.

The demo video can depict “real-time computer graphics” at the same level as “pre-rendered computer graphics”. The fine details of the characters, who express life-like humanity, are showcased through their rich facial expressions, subtleties of their pupils and hair, and their flowing garments.

The characters, along with the vibrant monsters, transport the viewer into the world created by the Luminous Studio engine, says the company.

The demo video production was created through the lens of the Final Fantasy series, where ancient magic and advanced science coexist in a near-futuristic world. The video depicts a life-changing encounter for the heroine, the magic-wielding protagonist Agni.

The Luminous Studio game engine aims to bring about greater productivity within game production teams, while simultaneously offering an environment to create games of fantastic quality, says the company.

Moreover, the game engine is planned to support game consoles, PC, smartphones, and the web.

A game engine is a development environment constructed of varied tools and libraries needed for game creation. Many elements are needed for game software creation: graphic technologies and physics calculations, artificial intelligence, motion, and sound technologies.

In an engine, these elements are bound together with the intent of improving game development efficiency and quality.

The Square Enix Group also has other engines in addition to Luminous Studio, such as IO Interactive’s “Glacier 2” and Crystal Dynamics’ “Crystal Engine.”

Square Enix Holdings Co. with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, is a holding company leading the Square Enix Group with a diverse range of content and service businesses. The Square Enix Group publishes and distributes entertainment content under its brands such as Square Enix, EIDOS and TAITO.

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