Square Enix drops a new trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age at the 2016 Tokyo Game Show, showing off the HD remaster's improved graphics on PlayStation 4.
Square Enix is presumably hard at work putting the final touches on two major Final Fantasy games that will release before the end of the year. World of Final Fantasy hits the market in October, followed by the delayed November arrival of Final Fantasy XV. But diehard fans of the franchise know that there is still another major Final Fantasy game coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2017.
Square Enix announced an HD remaster for Final Fantasy XII a few months ago via a teaser trailer after nearly a year's worth of rumors. Officially titled Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, this remaster will see the release of the PlayStation 2 classic on PlayStation 4, with upgraded visuals and a remastered soundtrack to boot. Now, Square Enix has provided fans an additional glimpse of the upcoming game thanks to a new trailer that was just released at the Tokyo Game Show.
The trailer shows off plenty of gameplay from the title. It obviously doesn't look as good as Final Fantasy XV, but for a remastered port of a 10-year-old game, the graphics are respectable. The core gameplay itself from the original game looks to be untouched as well, although The Zodiac Age will feature the Zodiac Job System, which was originally only available on Japanese copies of the game. Additional features for The Zodiac Age include support for 7.1 surround sound, the option to pick between English and Japanese voice actors, faster load times, an auto-save feature, and a turbo mode that will allow players to speed up the game while exploring out in the world or engaging in battle.
It certainly seems like Square Enix has mastered the art of remastering, and it probably should have by now. This is the same company that released a remastered port of Final Fantasy X and X-2 on the PlayStation 3 and then followed that up with additional ports to the PlayStation 4 and PC. The company also recently brought PlayStation One classic Final Fantasy IX to PC and mobile devices. Assuming Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age sells well enough on PS4, it's likely a PC port will arrive at some point in the future.
Final Fantasy XII rarely makes a list of favorite Final Fantasy games, but the title has its supporters. It sold relatively well upon debut back in 2006 but some might point out that its release at the very end of the PlayStation 2 lifecycle may have kept some fans from experiencing it. Those people will finally get the opportunity to adventure through Ivalice soon enough.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will release on PlayStation 4 in 2017.