CG animation, like most technology, has grown by leaps and bounds. Every year there’s always a game or two whose cutscenes look so stunning, you’d wish they were made into an entire movie. An early attempt at doing just that was 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. I remember being wowed at how great the graphics looked. Even today, It holds up fairly well.
The next offering in the game-graphics to animated feature is not directly related, but from the same family: Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV. Meant as a tie in to the corresponding game (learn about that here), Kingsglaive also looks to stand alone. Here’s what IGN.com shared via Sony’s press release:
“The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.”
Matching the superb graphics is the film’s killer cast. Headlined by Game of Thrones alum and America’s favorite meth dealer, Kingsglaive looks to be far more than a game-related cash grab. It looks like it could be pretty awesome. Make sure to check out the behind-the-scenes below for a closer look at what’s to come.
Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV gets a limited theatrical release starting August 19th.
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