Final Fantasy XII HD Remaster Coming in 2017

Apparently, Square Enix was too impatient to wait until E3 next week to announce its upcoming remake of Final Fantasy XII — perhaps they didn’t want the focus on Final Fantasy XV to detract from the news.

When I first heard that a remastered Final Fantasy XII would be hitting PS4 next year, my first thought was, “already?” And that’s when I realized: it’s been TEN YEARS since the original game was released on PS2 (making it one of the last major releases for the console). Feel old yet? I do.

The HD version will be titled Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, and will be based on the Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System version of the game, which was previously not available in the West. While the remake was originally announced for release in Japan, Square Enix North America has since confirmed a Western release as well.

The Zodiac Age will feature newly remastered backgrounds, character models, and cutscenes, along with auto-save, shorter load times, and an improved turbo mode. It will also include a re-recorded soundtrack, and give players the option to switch between that and the original soundtrack. There will be a trial mode as well, which will allow players to fight through 100 increasingly difficult stages to earn XP and gil.

It will be playable at E3, so expect some gameplay footage along with our initial impression to follow.

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