A Quick Look Before Launch: Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age

News // Final Fantasy XII // By pets_torrefranca // 10 July 2017

A Quick Look Before Launch: Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age which is the remake/remastered/re-release of the classic PS2 masterpiece will make its way to both retail and digital stores on July 11. In relation to this let's take a quick look at the game's features before tomorrow's launch.
 
Final Fantasy XII is the game that bridges the transition of the classic RPG to the next-gen, the game has set or introduced some of the basic combat and gameplay mechanics utilized by most ARPGs and RPGs in the industry today. The game took more than 5 years to develop which was cited and recognized by the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records
“From a different point of view, the fact that seamless real-time battles are very much the norm for the current generation of games is making me happy as a gamer.” - Hiroaki Kato FFXII: The Zodiac Age Producer
The reason for why a successful sequel is being re-introduced into the next-gen is not merely for the purpose of revenue but to further share what the developers visualized for the game. Final Fantasy XII has exploited the power of the PS2 to its limits, it was the first game to feature a seamless real-time battle system powered by the iconic Gambit system, a system that will set the very foundation of how gameplay and combat are presented in the ARPG and RPG genre.  
"Improving the visual aspect is what is expected from remasters so of course we did that, but the real concept that we had in mind for the remaster was to make it a lot easier to play." Takashi Katano FFXII: The Zodiac Age director 
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is more than a remastered version, it's a combination of passion and innovation weaved together in order to present the game the way it's supposed to look and feel based on what the developers intended, something that was prevented by the current technological status during the development of the original game.
 
FFXII The Zodiac Age Gameplay Screenshot
 
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age new features and improvements
 
GAME BALANCE
  • The game's entire game system was overhauled in order to create a much smoother gameplay. This tweak will fix the problem in the original game's difficulty which was causing advancement a bit of a struggle for most players.
 
TRIAL MODE
  • For those who want to play Hardcore FFXII, the developers have added a new feature called "Trial Mode" which features 100 battle scenarios designed to test the party created by the player. Trial Mode was also designed to push the player to be more creative in his Gambit settings. 
 
HI-SPEED MODE
  • Characters can now move faster within the huge open world map of Ivalice. This feature was not implemented into the original game due to the PS2's system limitations. This will also come with a new auto-save feature which was also not present in the original.
 
JOB SYSTEM
  • The next-gen version will feature the "International Job System," this works like an abilities tree but bigger. This system comes with a wide selection of Jobs that the player can choose from. The Zodiac Age features a dual-job system wherein each character can have two simultaneous licensing boards. 
 
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is one that any RPG, ARPG, Final Fantasy Enthusiasts should not miss. for those who played the PS2 version and had some difficulty in the process, you may need to start from scratch and experience what Final Fantasy XII should have been if the current technology was available during its development.  
 
Check out the game's trailer below and stay tuned for more gaming news and updates. 

"FFXII The Zodiac Age Story Trailer"

Source: PlayStation Blog, HoustonPress, Polygon