Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Announced

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Tiamat

Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age through a new trailer on their Japanese YouTube channel. The trailer can be seen below:

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is an HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System, which itself is a retooling of the original Final Fantasy XII with a redone job system, originally released only in Japan on the PlayStation 2. The new remaster will be released on PS4 in 2017.

The announcement includes a Japanese teaser site for the upcoming game. The site lists some improvements:

Visual Improvements

  • High-resolution upgrades for backgrounds, character models, and all 2D parts including fonts
  • High-resolution upgrades for movie scenes
  • Introduction of current generation visual expression

Sound Improvements

  • 7.1ch surround support
  • High-quality voice support
  • English and Japanese voices (switch between them in the game configuration)
  • Original and newly re-recorded BGMs (switch between them in the game configuration)

Usability Improvements

  • Shorter load times
  • Auto-save functionality added
  • Improved high-speed mode and improved play time operability during high-speed mode

This marks the first appearance of Final Fantasy XII on a system other than the PS2. It also seems to mark the first time Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System will be released outside of Japan. No official English announcement has been released yet, the use of English text in the trailer would seem to indicate that the release will be worldwide. We will be updating this story if more news comes out concerning a western release.

[UPDATE] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has been announced for the West. Additionally, the game will come with a 12-job character progression system that was previously only released in Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System in 2007, but never made it’s way to the West.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be coming to PlayStation 4 in 2017.

About Chris Melchin

Chris is a computer science student who has been gaming ever since he knew what to do with a Super Nintendo controller. Since then, he's owned every Nintendo console to be released. His favourite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Persona 4 Golden, and Little Busters. He started watching anime in high school, and his favourite series is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. He also writes Vocaloid music for his personal YouTube channel, and has a (slight) obsession with Megurine Luka.

  • William Haderlie

    One of my favorite games of all time. I’m so excited I can barely stand it.

  • Jonah Rosen

    I never could finish the original, but I wouldn’t mind giving the game another shot.

  • Darji

    Man I really hope it also gets released on Steam like they did with 10. I do not mind a PS4 version but PC would always be my choice^^

    • Panpopo

      Considering that Square has been porting older FF games (including the more recent 13), I am certain that there will be a PC announcement down the line.

    • Solbasa

      I’m assuming that’s coming down the line. It looks like Square Enix has been trying to get the entire main Final Fantasy series on Steam. Right now the only ones that aren’t up are the first two and FFXII. I’m also guessing that they’ll port FFXV to Steam at some point after its release.

  • Aidnac

    If they had announced a PS Vita release as well I would have just gone crazy but I am just not excited about remasters/remakes of any games for home consoles.

  • BurgerUnit

    I’m more excited for this than FFXV

  • Razorfall

    I really hope there is a classic mode. The Zodiac Job System sucks.