Announced in June at the PS5 Future of Play reveal event, a joint effort by Square Enix and Luminous Productions was announced, unfolding as an exciting, otherworldly experience from a team of old. Final Fantasy XV Members of the team. Thanks to an interview with Square Enix President and Representative Director Yosuke Matsuda, we now know that the game tentatively titled PS5 and PC Athia Project is going to be an open world experience that makes full use of next generation lighting and ray tracing technology. The news was first discovered by the good people of Gematsu, and Athia Project seems like a massive undertaking and one that could potentially be a showcase for the power of the PlayStation 5. Check out the June trailer below.
« Athia Project, which we will be releasing on PS5, is an open world style game in which users can move freely around the gaming world. ”Matsuda told Japanese publication Weekly Toyo Keizai Plus. “The PS5 dramatically improves video technology, especially with the implementation of light-reflecting ‘ray tracing’ technology. Compared to what you see on PC, it’s almost identical. By using these special features, we are able to create amazingly precise images. We still plan to develop well-balanced games tailored to the characteristics of a platform, including smartphone and cloud games, but we will never stop developing for high-end platforms such as the PS5. . Because these things are equipped with the best technology. “
The question about Athia Project of the publication questioning Matsuda on the state of Remake de Final Fantasy VII second episode and how the coronavirus pandemic affected production and development. Matsuda pointed out that while development slows down, games that function as online communities such as Final Fantasy XIV will continue to gain in importance. “I realized once again that entertainment is essential for people to live like people. What has been particularly highlighted this time is the phenomenon that a game with many users functions as a community.
It remains to be seen how the pandemic will affect the development of games that are still a few years away such as Athia Project, but for now, there’s still a lot to do when it comes to Square Enix and its potential next-gen offerings. Athia Project has no currently scheduled release date.