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Final Fantasy XII remaster to include improved battle design and an overhauled job system

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Final Fantasy XII Remaster feature

I’ve played all of the mainstream Final Fantasy titles to completion. Well, almost all of them. I still need finish XIII (and its sequels), and get around to playing XII at some stage too. The latter is a little harder to accomplish unfortunately.

Final Fantasy XII is a 10 year old title that was only ever released for the PlayStation 2 and, well, I never owned Sony’s second console. Thankfully, I’ll never have to make a plan to source one, or worry about emulation.

Why? Because Square Enix heard my desperate cries and have now officially announced a remaster. It’s called Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and it’s coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2017. Here’s a bit more about it, along with a brand new trailer…

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE improves upon the 2006 classic FINAL FANTASY® XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With newly implemented trophies and share functions, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way

I don’t know much about Final Fantasy XII, but I have heard a lot about its gambit system. Apparently it was quite complex, but a lot of fun to play with once the mechanics and such were understood. Here’s hoping Square Enix make it easy enough for idiots like me to come to grips with in this remaster.

Even if they don’t, I’m stupidly excited to get my hands on Final Fantasy XII. I can now one day look forward to saying that I have in fact played every single mainstream Final Fantasy title.

Last Updated: June 7, 2016

10 Comments

  1. This game was absolutely beautiful to look at on the PS2 so a remaster on PS4 is going to be mind-blowing. Didn’t know the PS2 was capable of it back in the day.

    The gambit system was clever but made different party members and staying engaged in a fight almost pointless. Became very much auto-pilot once set up properly. The story was also really long-winded & so much information is thrown at you that you have to try and keep track of everything. Easily 100+ hours to complete everything.

    But it remained intriguing & had some of the best characters of the series. Ashe, Fran & Balthier are the shit. And unusual for a JRPG but the female characters were all really tough & weren’t just there to fall in love. Looking forward to experiencing that world again.

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    • oVg

      June 9, 2016 at 09:18

      I think it was the first off-line MMO type game after FF11. It was also more fantastical than 13. I finished it but after The Witcher 3 I dont think I can play another jrpg ever again. As for FF15, it basically Kingdom of Hearts, I dont know why its getting so much hype.

      Just look at this high fantasy art direction 🙂

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  2. Disappointed

    June 8, 2016 at 07:52

    Shouldn’t somebody who knows something about Final Fantasy XII have written this article?

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    • The D

      June 8, 2016 at 08:22

      I thought you stopped reading our stuff 😀 Welcome back!

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      • Disappointed

        June 8, 2016 at 08:27

        I can’t deprive the community of my cynical and judgemental comments.

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        • The D

          June 8, 2016 at 08:38

          I’m a hundred percent behind Matty. Because the facts he reported on are still true, even if he didn’t play the game. It’s still valid news after all.

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        • Ottokie

          June 10, 2016 at 12:27

          Now that News 24 comments are closed I guess you guys need somewhere to swing around your epeen.

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          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 10, 2016 at 12:29

            Heh, epeen

        • Greylingad[He Charges!]

          June 10, 2016 at 12:27

          In actual fact, this article stems more from the point of view of someone who has never delved into this game, by method of deduction, should articles about new releases then not be done by people who have played…those…Oh…

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  3. oVg

    June 9, 2016 at 09:13

    BWAHAHAHA

    “I’ve played all of the mainstream Final Fantasy titles to completion. Well, almost all of them. I still need finish XIII, XIII-2, XIII Lightning returns and get around to playing XII”

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