Every time a new generation of consoles comes around, all the big developers end up creating new versions of the engines that run their games. Epic has Unreal, Crytek has Cryengine, EA has Frostbite 3.
For Eidos Montreal, it’s the Dawn Engine.
The engine is “based on a heavily modified version of IO Interactive’s Glacier 2 engine,” and it is built specifically for PCs and the new generation of gaming consoles. The image above was included in the blog post from Square Enix’s community manager, Sacha Ramtohul.
Speaking to the content of the image, Ramtohul gives some conflicting information. First he says that “despite any hints you may pick up from this image, this screenshot was only taken in order to display the level of detail and artistic fidelity that is possible with the Dawn Engine.”
But then he goes on to speak specifically about Deus Ex, one of Eidos Montreal’s flagship series and certainly the one this image most calls to mind with the industrial setting and golden lighting.
“As you can imagine, the Dawn Engine will form the cornerstone for all Deus Ex Universe projects at Eidos-Montréal. Some of you have had concerns that ‘Universe’ meant ‘MMO.’ Rest assured, it does not,” he writes. “Deus Ex Universe is the name we are giving to the fictional world and the rich lore we are creating for it, which will of course include core games, as well as any other projects that will help bring the world of Deus Ex to life. We won’t go into too much detail for now, but what we envision is for our projects to have meaningful ties to one another, in order for them to strengthen and deepen your experience within this Universe.”
The image doesn’t really mean much – just about anyone can create a pretty picture. The true test will be seeing the engine first in motion and then in-game, seeing how it holds up under stress. But let’s not pretend like we’re not super excited about some new Deus Ex news.