Square Enix have announced via a teaser trailer that Final Fantasy XII from 10 years ago is going to receive the remaster treatment that has been so prevalent in the current generation of consoles. Releasing on PlayStation 2 in 2006, it is often referred to as one of the best in the Final Fantasy series.
Final Fantasy XII (or 12, if you are not up to scratch on Roman numerals) introduced several innovations to the series: an open world split into zones, a seamless battle system, a controllable camera, a customizable “gambit” system which lets the player control the artificial intelligence (AI) of characters in battle; and a “license” system that determines which abilities and equipment are used by characters.
“The game takes place in the fictional land of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozarria are waging an endless war. Dalmasca, a small kingdom, is caught between the warring nations. When Dalmasca is annexed by Archadia, its princess, Ashe, creates a resistance movement. During the struggle, she meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of becoming a sky pirate in command of an airship. They are quickly joined by a band of allies; together, they rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire,” says the ever informative Wikipedia. I however, have never played the game, so it’s all new to me!
The remaster is penned for a 2017 release, with a subtitle of ‘The Zodiac Age’, implying that it may include features from Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System.