Luminous Productions Appoints Final Fantasy XV Lead Programmer Takeshi Aramaki As Studio Head

Square Enix has appointed Takeshi Aramaki as the new studio head of Luminous Productions following Hajime Tabata’s departure, the company announced.

In early November, Tabata announced that he left both Luminous Productions and Square Enix as of October 31.

Aramaki was the lead programmer on Final Fantasy XV, and also led the development of the PC version.

Luminous Productions is currently focused on the development of “large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles.” While further information has not been announced, the LinkedIn profile for a character modeler at the studio mentioned a “new AAA title for PS5.”

 

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Nvidia’s Titan RTX GPU Officially Unveiled

After a lot of teases from various social media personalities, Nvidia has finally officially unveiled it’s new Titan RTX GPU.

The Titan RTX is a top-end consumer GPU beast which features 72 Turing RT and 4,608 Cuda Cores whereas Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti has 68 Turing RT and 4,352 Cuda Cores which means that we are seeing an uplift in raw specs which was expected. Unlike most Titan cards before it which were aimed at gamers and consumers, this one is more like the Titan V compute GPU. It is aimed at AI researchers, workstation users and for those who might use the Tensor cores for real-time Raytracing.

It matches the specs of the Quadro RTX 6000 with 24GB of GDDR6 VRAM, a TU102 GPU and has the same number of CUDA cores, Tensor and RT cores as it. This GPU could very well be used for 3D animation and in render farms since it is half the price of the Quadro RTX 6000 and is different in terms of graphics drivers and OpenGL support so it should perform somewhat similarly in the aforementioned areas.

In terms of gaming, the Titan RTX should be better by 15-20% in terms of raw performance when compared to the RTX 2080 Ti so if the card isn’t doing it for you, you could pay double it’s price and get the Titan which costs $2,500. It’s not the most logical choice for a gaming set up but, if you have the money and want the best product on the market, this is for you. The full spec sheet can be seen here at Nvidia’s site.

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Batman: Court of Owls Game Teased by WB Montreal

There’s a lot of rumours going around Rocksteady’s new title however, people are not paying enough attention to WB Montreal who may have just teased their upcoming Batman: Court of Owls game.


Over on Twitter, WB Montreal’s Assistant Producer has been talking about how awesome her job is lately and posted a picture of a t-shirt with a very familiar logo a few days ago. Some pointed out that it was not Batman related but a Harry Potter teaser, however, the logo is extremely similar to the Court of Owls symbol. There’s been a lot of rumours about the next “Arkham” game and this might be the biggest hint as to what it is even if it isn’t being made by Rocksteady.

The Court of Owls Symbol

For those unfamiliar with The Court of Owls, it’s a somewhat recent but critically acclaimed storyline that is part of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion’s new 52 run. The story focuses on a secret society known as The Court of Owls who have secretly been in Gotham City since the colonial times and are now out to get Batman and Bruce Wayne. It is one of the best new additions to the Batman mythology and is a must-read for every Batman Fan so I’m not going to spoil more.

WB Games Montreal previously made Batman: Arkham Origins which was quite a good game and a very good prequel to the series which had its fair share of bugs at launch but has since been ironed out and is a lot of Arkham series fans’ favourite out of the four titles.

Sadly, it seems like WB Montreal won’t be at The Game Awards as tweeted by Patrick Redding whose Twitter is also filled with teases for an upcoming project. He also tweeted an image of an owl but that could just be coincidence but hey, we’re scrapping to find any info we can about their upcoming title which could very well be a Batman: Court of Owls game. We hope the meeting goes well with the execs because last time they had a meeting, they were poised to announce a Damian Wayne Batman game but that got rebooted after the Execs didn’t like it and this upcoming game is probably what they’ve been working on since. He also liked a tweet about an Arkham game announcement coming sometime in 2019 but take that with a grain of salt.

With this announcement, both Rocksteady and WB Games Montreal won’t be at The Game Awards which is a damn shame if you ask me because everybody is so excited to know about their upcoming projects.

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