Square Enix, the publisher of "Final Fantasy XV," has revealed a new technology that could be used in the future. According to a report from Gameranx on June 14, the publisher provided a look at Project Flare, a new tech that uses a supercomputer sever for games. By offloading the tasks to the supercomputer, developers should be able to create massive worlds that otherwise couldn't be done on the PS4, Xbox One and most computers.
Square Enix showed off a demo featuring a huge forest that measured at 32 square kilometers, which is approximately 17 times larger than the play area found in "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." The area demonstrated can be explored above from a bird's eye view or on the ground level. All of the details were apparently fully rendered in advance as the technology does not use any instancing or rendering.
Project Flare was developed in order to potentially change how games are developed. Developers may have to create an illusion when building worlds for players to explore. Instead, they can use the new technology to create something more lively. Since the games are rendered using servers, it would also eliminate the need of patch updates from the end user's standpoint.
Gameranx noted that one of the first video game that could be taking advantage of Project Flare is the aforementioned "Final Fantasy XV." Tetsuya Noruma hinted in the past that the upcoming video game will include world map exploration. Furthermore, earlier footage from the product also showed big open areas where players can explore.
"Final Fantasy XV" was not part of Square Enix's lineup at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo even though it was re-introduced at last year's event. You can find an image of the main characters of the 15th main installment of the series near the top of this article (courtesy of the franchise's Facebook page). The company did announce a new game for the franchise as "Final Fantasy Type-0 HD" is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One.