If there’s one thing Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age and its PS2 predecessor have no shortage of, it’s quality of presentation. Final Fantasy 12 is an important game in the franchise’s history, a remarkable evolution in storytelling and drama that seems Shakespearean as its sprawling narrative unravels. It appears that Square Enix is well aware of this fact, however, and has chosen to emphasize it above all else in the latest trailer for upcoming remaster called Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age 2017 Spring Trailer.
The trailer highlights the many characters that comprise the main party in Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, with perennial favorites Ashe, Vaan, Basch, and Fran taking center stage while lamenting the state of the political conspiracies they are being faced with. The trailer also highlights some of the game’s villains who, despite wearing similar armor that often obscures their facial features, are memorable for their philosophical dispositions as well as intense boss battles.
The video doesn’t just highlight story elements, however. Fans also get a sneak peak at the combat in the game, which not only looks beautiful but features an entirely new combat system. Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age reimagines the game’s job system, allowing players to use two job licenses at once, and it appears that combat will be a lot more fluid and feature a lot more depth. That’s good news for players who have already tackled Final Fantasy 12 when it was on PS2, and should offer fans some new ways to play the game.
Square Enix also revealed that Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age will have special editions, a clear indicator that the developer feels the remaster is a meaningful release for a number of JRPG fans. To be fair, that stance makes a lot of sense, especially because Final Fantasy 12 has often been cited as one of the most underrated and underappreciated titles in the franchise – its release came at the end of the PS2’s life cycle, and stunted the game’s performance in sales as gamers began to pay more attention to Sony’s next console.
There’s a lot to be excited for regarding Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, and the newest trailer shows that the remaster will be a polished, refined experience for veterans and new players alike. Whether or not that translates into sales success remains to be seen, but Square Enix has done an admirable job of making Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age feel like a big release, and that can only help its performance in the long run.
Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age will release for PS4 on July 11.