As a rule, Final Fantasy games have amazing hair. But the 'dos in Final Fantasy XV look especially good. Thank fancy tech, professional hair stylists, and wigs for that.

During the last console generation, a glut of characters had buzz cuts or sported coifs that looked like they were drenched in hairspray. Those bad hair days are hopefully numbered.

Square Enix is using its new Luminous Studio engine, which as Kotaku previously checked out and which looks truly impressive, to create Final Fantasy XV.

As Square Enix's Akira Iwata explains in a recent Famitsu interview,the Tokyo-based game company worked with a professional hair designer for its Luminous tech demo do the hairstyles in real life using mannequins.

The developers studied how the hairstyles looked and moved, and then brought them to life in video game form. The same process, which yielded realistic results, is being repeated on Final Fantasy XV.

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Above, you can see the mannequin contrasted with the in-game model. Clever software then bridges the gap between the two. Here, you can see slides from 2012 via 4Gamer, briefly explaining the tech that goes into reproducing realistic hair.

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The result is realistic strands of hair that have volume and move naturally, instead of the unnaturally clumpy locks we've seen in past.

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Square Enix: serious about good hair.

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