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Why is Final Fantasy Versus XIII Using the Luminous Engine?

Next generation Square Enix engine has excellent lightning tech, says Tetsuya Nomura.

Pay close attention to Versus XIII's lightning when we next get a look at the game.

A short followup on our report from earlier today about Final Fantasy Versus XIII and its use of Square Enix's next generation "Luminous Engine" toolkit.

In an interview with Famitsu, Tetsuya Nomura reveals that Versus XIII's lightning is being redone, and they're using Luminous for this purpose. Luminous is good with lightning, says Nomura. Versus aims for photo realism, so it places greater importance on lighting.

Versus XIII has its own action game-oriented engine. The lightning tech from Luminous is being coupled with this for Versus XIII.

Nomura describes Luminous as an excellent engine that can be used with any game. The Versus XIII engine, on the other hand, is strong in specific areas, but is not a general purpose engine.

[via Sokuho@Hokanko]

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