You’ve seen Square Enix’s Agni’s Philosophy tech demo right? If you haven’t watch it, it’s pretty amazing. During CEDEC 2012, Square Enix’s Luminous Studio team explained how they created the tech and it’s a mix of East and West.
Concept artwork for Agni and the summoner were shared during the session:
Agni was designed by Ryo Iwata, Lead Technology artist, while the summoner was a created by Brian Horton from Crystal Dynamics.
Final Fantasy XIII art director Isamu Kamikokuryo and Brenoch Adams from Crystal Dynamics contributed environmental concept art.
To get Agni’s hair right, the Luminous Team used a model and HDR camera.
Here are some shots of cloth testing…
… and facial animation tests.
Square Enix nailed the design of the wolf-like creature shown in the demo. They had fur animation tests for all of the creatures too.
They even got a dog to do motion capture work for the wolf-like monster!
Here’s a look at the facial capture work based on Visual Works’ technology.