Ah hahaha! I am a happy Red Mage!
Announced this morning for a western release by Square Enix is a remastered version of Final Fantasy XII for the PS4, entitled: Final Fantasy XII: the Zodiac Age. Back in March, I wrote a short article called “Top 5 FF’s worthy of HD” where I listed my choice for the best five Final Fantasy games that could use a modern facelift. And lo, and behold! My number one pick was Final Fantasy XII for an HD remaster! I quote myself: “One of the most innovative titles in a series known for innovation and you can’t even play Final Fantasy XII on any system other than the PS2. Let that sink in. Nothing but PS2. Yep, you can’t find it on PSN.”
Not. Any. More. My voice has been heard by the ears of Square Enix!
2017 will see the release of FFXII: the Zodiac Age for the PS4 in both Japan and in the west, and a Final Fantasy that has never been made available either digitally or physically on modern consoles beyond the PlayStation 2 will finally see the light of day again. It will be based on the International Zodiac Job System, which I never got my grubby hands on.
New features to be included are revamped graphics for character models and cutscenes, “reconstructed battle design”, auto-saving, the Zodiac Job System, Trial Mode, shorter load times, a re-recorded score with the option to switch back to the original music, a turbo mode, an upgraded map feature, trophy support and share functionality, and more TBA.
I look forward to grinding out the trophies for the license board and the bounty hunts! …But not for finding those ultimate weapons with the 0.04% random chest rate…
Final Fantasy fans find your fanfare, and enjoy the trailer below! Another great FF will be made available shortly, alongside the coming FFXV and the FFVII Remaster. It’s a great time to be a Mage.
Does the return to Ivalice tantalize or tickle your techno-taste buds? What are you most excited for in FFXII: the Zodiac Age?
-The Well-Red Mage
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