NYCC 2011: Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution art directors debate - Gematsu
NYCC 2011: Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution art directors debate
posted on 10.14.11 at 07:41 PM EST by (@salromano)
Kamikokuryo-san, Jacques-Belletete discuss regional art.

At Comic-Con in New York today, Square Enix rounded up Final Fantasy XIII-2 art director Isamu Kamikokuryo and Deus Ex: Human Evolution art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletete to speak in a panel-debate moderated by former Newsweek editor N’Gai Croal. The topic: eastern versus western art. The outcome: the directors’ take on each region’s art styles.

Square Enix public relations, being the amazing team they are, set us up with a front-row seat to record the panel. We were supposed to live blog it, but due to internet and connection difficulties, that unfortunately didn’t happen. Though, the end result was even better. Watch the full panel below. And stay tuned till the end, where Kamikokuryo-san draws his take on Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Jacques-Belletet draws his on Final Fantasy XIII-2. Or, you know, just look at them below.

Be sure to let us know whose art you enjoyed most.

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  • Rafi

    Both are good and will be more cool if they combine the art style.

  • whiteferrero

    is it that one in black and white? i mean as an eastern deux ex?

    haven’t watched the videos yet because they’re long, and my internet speed today sux. so kindly correct me if i’m wrong, but i think the most important part of western vs eastern art is the faces of the characters.

    based on the pics two above, not only can i not tell which one is better, i also can’t tell how they’re renditions of each other worked out. exercise fail?


    Both FF 13 & DEUS EX simply have some of the best artwork/design aesthetic ever created. I personally think eastern stylization is always better than western. The interesting thing here is that DEUS EX is very Japanese inspired (SNATCHER, MGS, GHOST IN THE SHELL, etc.) I bow to the visionary art masters that crafted both titles. & THEY REALLY NEED FULL-SIZED ARTBOOKS AS WELL. Please..

    • Sal Romano

      @FAUNA: So I caught up with Jonathan after the panel. He told me he thinks the artwork will be released online, but he didn’t seem 100 percent sure.

  • Fantastic presentation. It was great to see such a decent and thoughtful discussion on this issue, rather than the usual Internet babble. I personally enjoy art styles from both East and West, and find they compliment each other well depending on the feelings presented in the game. I will admit that I tend to enjoy more Japanese art styles than certain western ones, but I also love the traditional look of many WRPG’s etc. The only thing I generally dislike is when a Japanese developer tries too hard to appear ‘western’, and the entire experience suffers because of it.

    I loved the art works at the end, and have no preference as to which one is better. The black and white drawing was excellently sketched, and the FFXII image was colourful and masterly drawn. Again, brilliant discussion. Thanks a lot for getting it filmed and uploaded for all to see!