An Italian developer known to have worked on the development of a graphics engine during the Final Fantasy VIII era has made a rather interesting remark on the status of Square Enix’s Luminous graphics engine at the Indievault forums. He referred to Luminous as “R.I.P”, implying that the graphics engine has been abandoned, possibly in favor of a licensed engine such as Unreal Engine 4.
The developer further added that it’s unlikely for there to be any official announcement in this regard, as it would only serve to build negative publicity for Square Enix and the Final Fantasy franchise.
While this may not be the most credible of sources, there is a possibility that the information may in fact be true, especially considering the difficulties Square Enix has faced in the past with its own in-house graphics engines. What kind of impact will this have on the development of Final Fantasy XV? Only time will tell.
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