final-fantasy-vii1Recent Final Fantasy titles have relied on the use of Square Enix’s Luminous Engine which was released back in 2012. In fact the studio’s MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn uses the engine to a certain extent, but if you were hoping that the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake will rely on the Luminous Engine, you might be disappointed.

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According to the folks at Nova Crystallis who managed to interview Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata at Gamescom 2015 which is taking place this week, Tabata confirmed that the Luminous Engine will not be used. Tabata was quoted as saying, “Final Fantasy VII (Remake) is not planned to be made with that.”

Does this come as a surprise? Not entirely, especially when you consider that the studio had initially begun development on Kingdom Hearts 3 using the Luminous Engine, but later opted to swap over to the Unreal Engine 4 later on in development. Unfortunately at this point in time it’s really anyone’s guess as to what Square Enix could be going for.

So far from what we know about the game, Final Fantasy VII remake will definitely not be 100% the same as the original, but here’s hoping that they will keep enough of what made the original so great around, while at the same time modernizing it for newer technology. In the meantime what engine would you like to see the remake take advantage of?

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