Square Enix unveils new footage of Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, its upcoming remaster of the PS2 classic that features some significant upgrades.
Final Fantasy 12 might not be in many fans’ discussions over the best Final Fantasy game ever created, but it has created a cult following for itself that remains convinced the title was hampered by the impending demise of the PS2 when it was first released. Since then, Final Fantasy 12 has been a constant presence on lists wishing for certain PS2 titles to be remade for the PS4, and Square Enix has finally listened to the demands of the game’s many fans and acquiesced.
In the time that has passed since Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age was announced, Square Enix has remained relatively tight-lipped about exactly what the remaster would entail, which has lead some to speculate there might be a delay in the remaster’s future. Luckily, Square Enix took to the floor of the Taipei Game Show earlier today and unveiled brand new footage of Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, and it seems to be a strong indication that the game is on target for its release date after all.
The footage, shown above, demos a boss fight in Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, which has managed to preserve the Gambit system that was so divisive during Final Fantasy 12‘s time in the spotlight. Whether or not the combat involved in Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age holds up, though, the game certainly looks significantly better in its newer iteration, and those who missed out on it initially will likely find the improved graphics and availability on PS4 a tantalizing proposition.
Another part of the demonstration, shown in a separate video found here, showcased Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age’s new turbo mechanic, which essentially speeds up all aspects of the game so that the player can explore things faster and cycle through the grind of leveling without sinking too much time into it. That’s especially appealing to players who have already experienced Final Fantasy 12‘s story before and would just like to revisit it in its remastered form.
While it may seem surprising to some, Square’s decision to remaster Final Fantasy 12 is likely one that stems from the amount of faith the company had in the game prior to its release. Although it was a controversial title, Square Enix fully believed it would also be an extremely popular one, even planning a cancelled Final Fantasy 12 spin-off. Perhaps a bit of extra polish and some time away from the spotlight are all Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age needs to reward Square’s faith in it, some eleven years later.