Now that Final Fantasy X has been remastered, it’s now time for Final Fantasy XII to shine. Recently Square Enix showed a teaser trailer of this remaster and it is scheduled for a 2017 release in Japan — no fear, because Sony later confirmed that this remaster is coming to North America and Europe next year as well. It is also exclusive to the Playstation 4, so it’s doubtful there will be a PC release.
The remaster of Final Fantasy XII, re-branded as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, will include the international version. This gives extra bosses, dungeons, the ability to control guest characters, trial mode, and a revamped job system instead of the license board. Other upgrades coming from the remaster include HD graphics for everything from the background scenery and movie cut scenes to character models and enemy design.
Another welcome change is the audio. In its original release, the audio was heavily compressed and sounded terrible. But for the remaster they have re-recorded the entire soundtrack to include amazing 7.1 surround sound, and will give the players the option to switch from the original soundtrack or the remastered. Lastly, there are features that make the game better overall such as shorter load times, an auto save feature, and an overlaid location map.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be released in 2017, making it 11 years since it’s original release back in 2006. Final Fantasy XII was highly acclaimed for it’s political story developed by the team who made Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy Tactics. The game felt very open world, being able to explore caverns and venture through huge cities. There is also plenty of side quests and hidden areas to discover, making your experience worthwhile.
Stay tuned for more information regarding the remaster as we get closer to E3 and it’s 2017 PS4 release.