Final Fantasy 7 Remake Won't Use Square's Signature Engine

At E3 2015, Sony made up for their lack of a solid first party lineup by instead revealing big third party surprises, such as with Shenmue 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. However, the game is still a long ways off, so for now fans have to settle for news on the game to help pass the time.

While more substantial news is promised later this year, Square Enix has actually revealed a decent amount about Final Fantasy 7 Remake. The latest piece of info comes from Hajime Tabata of Square Enix, the game director on Final Fantasy 15, as he has revealed an interesting tidbit about how Final Fantasy 7 Remake is being developed.

Tabata confirmed that Final Fantasy 7 Remake will not use Square Enix's powerful in-house game engine Luminous. This is very surprising, as Square Enix has clearly invested a lot to create the engine, and they are using Luminous to power Final Fantasy 15. The engine's capabilities have already been proven thanks to Final Fantasy 15 as well as the absolutely stunning Agni's Philosophy tech demo that Square Enix released a few years back.

As it stands, Square Enix doesn't appear to be getting much mileage out of the Luminous engine, though why that is remains to be seen. The only game they have on the horizon that utilizes the tech is Final Fantasy 15, whereas Square Enix's other major upcoming game, Kingdom Hearts 3, has switched to Unreal Engine 4 during development.

'Final Fantasy 15' Tech Demo Highlights Impressive Luminous Engine
This Final Fantasy 15 screenshot shows the power of the Luminous Engine

Square Enix has yet to announce what engine will be powering Final Fantasy 7 Remake exactly. It's possible that it will utilize its own engine, or it could also use Unreal Engine 4 like Kingdom Hearts 3. The fact of the matter is, we probably won't receive any notion as to what engine the game will be using until actual gameplay footage is shown, and that could be years off.

Whatever engine Square Enix ultimately decides to use to power Final Fantasy 7 Remake, one thing's for certain, it's going to have to be a powerhouse. The goal for Final Fantasy 7 Remake is to have visuals similar to Advent Children, a sequel film to the game. That movie is absolutely gorgeous, and replicating such a look in video game form is going to be extremely challenging, but if the Final Fantasy 7 Remake teaser trailer is anything to go by, they're well on their way to at least capturing the art style of the movie.

Is it a bad omen for the Luminous Engine that Square Enix seems unwilling to use it for the majority of their projects, or is it no big deal? Let us know your opinion on the matter.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake currently has no release window announced, and the only currently confirmed console it's releasing on is the PlayStation 4.

Source: VG 24/7

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