Smartly, Square-Enix chose to have an original IP concept for their next-gen “Luminous” engine. The would-be game is called “Agni’s Philosophy” and it has a much different feel from Square-Enix’s typical JRPG settings. It mixes fantasy with present-day influences as Dragons and AK-47s meet in the battlefield. Next to Star Wars: 1313, Watch Dogs, and Beyond…this tech demo looks very impressive. It has that crisp FMV look to it which doesn’t go beyond the uncanny valley. I thought I would never be impressed with graphics beyond this generation, but Square-Enix as usual proved me wrong. It’s smart for a Japanese developer to get an engine ready from now, because sadly Square-Enix realized that late in the game with this generation. They paid a lot on their Crystal Tools engine, but thus far only has two games developed for it: Final Fantasy XIII and its sequel. They’ve used nothing else for it this generation, which says a lot about their current internal development strategies. How come? It truly baffles me that some of the games they’ve published chose to go for Unreal and didn’t take advantage of their so-called Crystal Engine at all. Also, their Japanese portion has been an absolute no-show this year…their UK division (formally Eidos) are the ones who have been their saviors, showing off ventures like Hitman, Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs which is outside of their forte.
Surprisingly, Square-Enix also setup an online survey for feedback on Agni’s Philosophy. It looks like they want to turn it to a real game if enough people like it. You can write text for more feedback, and I advise you to advise them to revive their dead franchises with this engine.