At Microsoft's BUILD 2015 conference this week, Square Enix vicariously made a brief appearance to show off a bit of what their Luminous Engine can do when taking advantage of the power of Microsoft's newest version of their popular graphics API, DirectX 12. For a bit of history, in the past we saw Luminous Engine running on DirectX 11-level technology in 2012's 'Agni's Philosophy' tech demo, and more recently we've seen a rough build of the engine running on home consoles in the form of Final Fantasy XV, ...

New Square Enix Tech Demo Shows Off Power of DirectX 12

Ok, quick history lesson: the date is May 8, 2006. The event: the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3. In many ways, it was a different world from the one in which we live to day. Tablets were just a failing experiment of Microsoft’s, the iPhone wouldn’t be released for another year, and high-definition TV was a new concept for consumers. YouTube was only just learning to crawl, and Facebook wouldn’t open to the public for another four months. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but we’ve very ...

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae – Beautifully Flawed (Review)

The countdown has begun: Xbox One owners can now pre-purchase and download the digital version of both Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and its included demo of Final Fantasy XV, Episode Duscae. While the downloaded game will not unlock until March 17 at 12:01am EST, it’s nice to know that the product is really, truly complete. Western gamers have been waiting for Type-0 for four years now, and the whole world much longer for a tangible slice of Final Fantasy XV. Following a consistently troubled last console ...

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Now Available for Preload on Xbox One

Gaming has always been a social activity. Even the earliest videogames were intended to be played by two players. Sure, many of the greatest hits in videogame history may be strictly single-player titles, but that hasn’t stopped gamers from feeling the need to share their experiences and finding ways to do it. And these days sharing gaming experiences is a billion-dollar industry all of its own, thanks in large part to the advent of Twitch.tv, one of the first and definitely the most popular sites ...

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Is there anything we haven’t seen of Episode Duscae at this point? After repeated exposure to clips from the upcoming demo, it’s beginning to feel like we’ve already played it, and there’s still a month left until its public release! And as that day draws nearer and nearer you know the folks at Square Enix are drawing ever closer to hitting that ‘gold master’ state where all assets are locked and the final product is shipped out to consumers (or in this case, to Sony and Microsoft’s PSN and ...

Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae Gets 40-minute Gameplay Video

I suppose we should be used to this by now. What began as a seemingly one-off venture for Nintendo with the 3DS XL has definitely turned into an almost yearly event. First we had the Nintendo 3DS in 2011, then the 3DS XL in 2012, then the 2DS in 2013, and now—as you probably are aware—Nintendo has yet another new hardware revision in store for us with the New Nintendo 3DS XL, set to hit North American store shelves tomorrow, Friday the 13th (whose big idea was that?). But questionable release date ...

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