Trip to Square Enix (Part 2 of 2)
After our visit to iNiS, we went to visit the good folks at Square Enix. Square Enix is the developer that’s most famous for creating both the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series, as well as many other famous franchises. Unlike iNiS, Square Enix wasn’t as open with us about some of the things they were working on due to the fact that they’re a big name game developer.
Originally, Square Enix were two separate companies: Square and Enix. Both companies dealt primarily in gaming, with the exception of Enix who also produced anime and manga (Japanese comics/graphic novels). We learned a little bit about the company and its subsidiaries. Some of the companies that Square Enix own includes Taito Corporation, who created Space Invaders and other arcade titles, and Edios Interactive, who is best known for the Tomb Raider and Hitman franchises.
We actually got a peek at some of the technology that they use to make some of their games, which was interesting to say the least. We also had the chance to see a tech demo that the company was working on that showed how games might look in the next generation. The footage that I saw was pretty amazing, it’ll be interesting to see if the graphic capabilities of game consoles actually have that type of realism that I saw in the tech demo.
After that, we actually got a tour of their facility. Unfortunately, we weren’t allow to take any pictures, but it was cool to see the actual place where Final Fantasy is made. Overall, I really learned a lot from our visits to both iNiS and Square Enix. Hopefully, this knowledge will help get one step closer to having a job in the game industry.