We are going back to Ivalice! Yesterday, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, one week before their E3 conference. While the game may seem like yet another HD remaster in a sea of beloved titles that have also been getting the HD treatment in this current generation of consoles, The Zodiac Age promises fresh elements, such as new cutscenes (think of those graphics in HD!) and character models, that will definitely make this remaster worthwhile.
Final Fantasy XII was first released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, and (aside from Final Fantasy VII, of course), XII has proven to be a franchise favorite. Now ten years later with The Zodiac Age, Square Enix is revamping Final Fantasy XII’s familiar battle system, which was largely supported by the gambits functionality, used as a means to manually control and command the characters’ abilities during battle. Players can also expect the incorporation of “The Zodiac Job System” in the HD remaster. Many fans of Final Fantasy XII may recognize this system as having been primarily available for the international version of the game.
In addition to memorable storylines, characters, and its famous quick-thinking combat, the Final Fantasy franchise is also remarkable for its soundtracks. Music has been an element of Final Fantasy that fully enraptures us in the world and adds just the right touch as we move through places like Midgar or Ivalice. According to Square-Enix, in Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age players can expect 7.1 surround sound, including high definition voicing and newly recorded background music that utilizes the current generation of sound production- everything that can only heighten the experience for players returning to the game, and those experiencing it for the first time.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is expected to be released in 2017 for the PlayStation 4.
Tori is a writer and gamer originally from Vault 111, but now she resides in Chicago. She has an MFA in creative writing-fiction, runs primarily on coffee, and is an expert on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Follow her on Twitter @torithatnerd.