- Square Enix and Luminous Productions unveiled ‘other-worldly’ adventure during Sony’s June 11 PS5 event.
- The teaser trailer embodied the PS5’s promised graphical leap far more than any other game showcased.
- Project Athia feathers the Unreal Engine 5 tech demo in graphical fidelity and detail.
Yesterday, Square Enix and subsidiary studio Luminous Productions aired the first look at the upcoming ‘other-worldly adventure’ Project Athia during Sony’s PS5 showcase.
As director Takeshi Aramaki describes in a PlayStation Blog post, Project Athia is ‘a thrilling other-worldly adventure – it is going to be action-packed and at times twisted, tempestuous, and forbidding. It is a journey that we want to feel as much yours as it is our protagonists.’
Project Athia remains a working title at this point, implying that launch is still a good way off. Nevertheless, from what we’ve seen so far, the debut project from the team behind 2019’s Final Fantasy XV and Square Enix’s Luminous Studio engine certainly looks promising. That’s to say, visually promising.
Breathtaking PS5 Teaser
The teaser trailer released for the occasion features development footage captured on PS5.
A young caped protagonist leaps across an extraordinarily detailed verdant canyon; summons a vine to encase a pack of marauding fantastical wolf-like creatures; weathers a forceful gale seemingly summoned by a one-eyed aberration. All this back-dropped by vistas stretching far into the distance.
The level of detail in each of these scenes is phenomenal. Project Athia embodies the PS5’s promised graphical leap far more than any other game showcased yesterday.
Striving for that visual fidelity is at the core of Luminous’ philosophy of merging the latest technology with a defined artistic vision, according to Aramaki.