I Saw Square Enix's Jaw-Dropping Luminous Studio Engine Running. It's for Real

Unreal 4 better watch its back. Square Enix pulled off what may be E3's biggest surprise tonight when they unveiled an incredible real-time demo of their new Luminous Studio engine. I shot video of the reel as it was first shown and you can see that the after-hours crowd took in the whole four-minute-plus demo in silent awe.

The videos above show the demo in full and then peel back the layers to show the level of detail and control that Luminous will afford developers. Square Enix has been known for eye-popping visuals in their Final Fantasy titles and this new tech makes it seem that like that legacy will keep going strong into future generations.