Return to Ivalice in the Trailer for Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age

Since its announcement, Square Enix has proclaimed that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is the version that they wanted to release 10 years ago.  Obviously with technology what it was, it wouldn’t have been possible.  Today, though, SE has released a trailer showing off Zodiac Age in all its remastered HD glory.

The trailer may not look like much of a difference from the original.  However, to those that played it on the PS2 will notice it’s a lot clearer than before.  The PS4 definitely hightens a lot of the features, that the PS2 couldn’t.  That isn’t to say it looked bad before, it actually was quite striking in its original form.

I actually loved Final Fantasy XII.  In my top 5 of favorite FF games it’s 1. VII 2. X 3. VI 4. VIII and 5. XII (IX is #6).  The problem is, it never got the recognition it deserved after following up X.  It also introduced a new fighting mechanic that people weren’t used to.  It scrapped the turn-based formula and transitioned to a more free-form RPG style that we’re now accustomed to.  Despite that, the story was beautifully told from start to finish and I adored the characters.  I wasn’t a fan of how they used the “Gods, Aeons, what-have-you” but they were still fun to collect.

It’s going to be fun getting to re-live XII when it comes out in 2017.  For now, though, check out the trailer and read the synopsis below, if you haven’t played it already.

Originally launched in 2006 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and known for introducing many landmark features to the FINAL FANTASY series, FINAL FANTASY XII takes place in the grand world of Ivalice, where the small kingdom of Dalmasca is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.