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Luminous engine technical director leaves 'Final Fantasy XV' developer

'Final Fantasy XV'
'Final Fantasy XV'
Photo courtesy of Square Enix, used with permission

The technical director behind the Luminous engine has left Square Enix, the developer behind the upcoming "Final Fantasy XV." According to a report from Enix Origin on July 22, a friend of Yoshihisa Hashimoto confirmed that he decided to leave the company in order to pursue new goals with another corporation. However, it is unknown what the individual is currently working on.

The Luminous engine was first shown off at E3 2012, months before the next-generation systems were even announced. A trailer showing off the capabilities of the development tools was also showcased by Square Enix during the PS4 reveal event in Feb. of last year. Since then, the company has remained quiet as to what has become of the graphics engine. In Dec. of 2013, a rumor popped up suggesting that it was scrapped.

Although "Final Fantasy XV" does not use the Luminous engine completely, the video game is using some of the lighting tools and other elements. While Yoshihisa Hashimoto's departure could have an impact on the development of the project, it may be hard to tell considering that the project has been in production for years with no end in sight. The sequel was originally slated as a PS3 exclusive when it was announced around eight years ago.

A producer from Square Enix recently told fans that the development of the latest mainline installment from the "Final Fantasy" franchise have been moving along although the software product skipped E3 2014. The project is being co-directed by Tetsuya Nomura, the creator of the "Kingdom Hearts" series. Joining him will be Hajime Tabata, who was previously responsible for "Final Fantasy Type-0."

Square Enix is still not ready to confirm the release date for "Final Fantasy XV." The company's lowered software sales projection did hint that the sequel may not be available until the next fiscal year, which starts on April 1, 2015, at the earliest. The revised official logo for the PS4 and Xbox One video game can be viewed near the top of the article (courtesy of Square Enix's Facebook page).