Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a western game, but the amazing CG trailer we saw today reveals that the video has a Japanese soul.
If you watch the video until the end and check out the credits (which you can see below), you’ll notice that it was produced by Square Enix Visual Works, which worked on the visusals and cinematics of many of our beloved Final Fantasy games, and also created that thing of beauty named Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
The first name mentioned is Kazuyuki Ikumori, who not only currently directs the Visual Works studio, but also worked on several games before, including Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX and Xenogears.
Layout and Animation Supervisor Hiroshi Kuwabara is another Final Fantasy veteran, having worked on VIII, IX, X, X-2, XII, Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus.
Asset Supervisor Kaori Sato worked on IX, XIII and XIII-2, but that before she’s credited for the motion design of Soul Calibur II and III.
Lighting and VFX supervisor Mitsuharu Fukai had his hand in Final Fantasy X, XII and XIII. He also worked on Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II.
This isn’t the first time Square Enix Visual Works adds to the value of the piublisher’s western games. To bring two examples, they worked on the CGI cutscenes for Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Hitman Absolution. It’s quite probable that they’ll create Deus Ex: Mankind Divided‘s cutscenes as well.
When east and west work together, great things happen. I’m surely not the only one who feels it would be awesome to see Square Enix Japanese and Western teams fully collaborate in a game development project.
We have no way to know if it’ll ever happen, but I can’t help feeling that it would be fantastic.