Square Enix Experimenting on Graphics Using Final Fantasy XV as a Development Environment

The team working on Final Fantasy XV is conducting technical experiments using the game as a development environment.

on February 6, 2017 11:40 AM

Final Fantasy XV‘s graphics are already very impressive, but Square Enix isn’t just stopping there. The team working on the game at Business Division 2 is conducting technical experiments on visual fidelity by using Final Fantasy XV as a development environment, as DualShockers learned during a visit at the publisher’s headquarters in Tokyo.

Before I go on, I have to warm you that this is not a product at the moment, but simply a technical experiment made to see what can be done with the game and the engine. In fact, it order to run properly it requires an extremely beefy PC powered by two Pascal GTX 1080 video cards running in SLI configuration.

Unfortunately, I cannot show you what these technical experiments look like, but Director Hajime Tabata kindly allowed me to take a look and to tell you about their existence, and I will admit that for a moment I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Vegetation, draw distance, density, detail… Everything on the screen appeared extremely vivid and lifelike, and considering that I’m used to what games look like nowadays, for a moment it was difficult to believe that all that visual glitz was actually running in-engine. It certainly looked like Final Fantasy XV, but pushed to limits of graphical fidelity that I didn’t even imagine while playing the game. And yet, there it was, running right in front of my eyes.

I don’t use the word “stunning” much (because as much as I love video games, I normally don’t get “stunned” by them), but this time around I was seriously sitting in front of the screen with my mouth open and struggling for words.

At the moment we don’t know what this kind of technical experiment could be used for, but it’s certainly a very impressive piece of tech, that turns Final Fantasy XV‘s already beautiful and lush environments in a dreamy peek on what video games could look like in the future where this kind of hardware will be more widespread among gamers.

If you want to learn more about the future of the game, stay tuned, because we have a lot to share over the  next couple of days.

Square Enix recently showcased a trailer of Final Fantasy XV‘s upcoming DLC, Episode Gladiolus and Episode Prompto, and also announced free updates to be released at the same time.

If you want to see something more peculiar, you can also check out an early prototype of the regalia modified to drive off-road.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.