E3 2012 should be christened pre-next gen E3 2012. If we were to look back on the event in months to come, we will definitely remember it for the sheer amount of tech demo teases that we have been treated to, all of which seemingly give a glimpse of what next-generation consoles will be capable of.
We have just given you some new gameplay for The Last of Us on PS3 and if you thought that looked good graphics wise, you really need to see the first real-time tech demo for the Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games. We knew that the company had been working on the new engine for quite some time, but they have chosen the latter stages of E3 to finally give the world a proper look at what is to hopefully come on next-gen consoles.
After watching the action unfold, we’re trying to work out which is more impressive – this real time tech demo of Unreal Engine, or Square Enix’s real time tech demo of the Luminous Engine. Both have been designed for next-gen gaming purposes, while the latter will also be used to power the lighting effects inside Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
While we may get a glimpse of the Luminous Engine on current-gen consoles, it is likely that we will only see the Unreal Engine 4 on the likes of the PS4 and the next Xbox. This theory was backed up recently when it was confirmed that the very impressive looking Star Wars 1313 game was using the Unreal Engine 3, not the Unreal Engine 4 that we see below.
On a side note, what do you make of the actual theme inside the tech demo? It seriously wouldn’t look out of place as a Diablo 4 promo in our opinion. In a second video we have provided below, we see Epic’s senior technical artist Alan Willard give a walkthrough of some of the capabilities of the Unreal Engine 4 for those that require a little breakdown.
There’s a great sense of danger in perhaps ‘overhyping’ next-generation graphics, but with this and the Luminous Engine giving us an exact idea on what is possible – is it now time to start getting serious in saying that the next-generation of games is going to provide a serious upgrade in graphics? We just hope that Sony and Microsoft create consoles that can run these engines flawlessly. Watch the Unreal Engine 4 in action below and let us know your thoughts on it.
Which is more impressive, the Unreal Engine 4 or the Luminous Engine from Square-Enix?