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The Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Celebration kicked off and with it came a bunch of Final Fantasy news, as one would imagine (today is Final Fantasy VII‘s 20th anniversary too, check out our article celebrating it). The HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII was announced back in June of last year, and now they have announced that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will release July 11th in the West for PlayStation 4.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age adds a little more than just a facelift to the game, however, as it will include a new jobs system that previously was only available to Japan. The Zodiac Age includes what is known as the International Zodiac Job System, released only in Japan in 2007. It expands the License Board system—Final Fantasy XII‘s progression system—pretty substantially. In the original game, there was only one License Board, but in The Zodiac Age there will be twelve. The Zodiac Age also includes a New Game+ and New Game- (characters obtain no experience) features, as well as a Trial Mode where players battle through 100 different maps for items and money.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age sees players return to the world of Ivalice. It follows the main character Vaan, a street urchin, who gets himself tangled up with royalty and finds himself in a key role in the ongoing war. For those unfamiliar with the game, Final Fantasy XII was the first game to not include random encounters and features something known as the “gambit” system, where you basically program your characters to do certain things in response to various conditions throughout a battle. For example, you can set it to heal a party member if they are below a certain health percentage. Of course, you can still manually do everything as well.

What do you think of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age? Are you interested in purchasing the game? Where does it stand for you among the Final Fantasy series?

Andrew Otton

Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief at TechRaptor. Lover of some things, a not so much lover of other things.

  • Kain Yusanagi

    YES. YES. /M. Bison

    Seriously, FF XII is a vastly underrated gem. People reading this, while Vaan is the main character (he is who the player’s attention is focussed on at all times) he is NOT the protagonist of the story- and yes, there IS a difference. He is a supporting actor, the deuteragonist specifically, to the protagonist role of (ex-)Princess Ashelia B’nargin Dalmasca. He is the Watson to her Holmes, in other words. Keep this in mind, and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy the story far more than you would if you expected Vaan to be your prototypical FF protagonist.

  • I wants it. But I have no PS4. Damnit.

  • Legionarius

    Awesome, will get it ASAP. I had FFXII for PS2 a while back so I’m really excited for the remaster.

  • BlueBoomPony

    FFXII almost made me go furry. All I really remember is Fran and the Viera. 🙂 Oh, and the gambit system was pretty cool.

  • Zepherdog

    PC or bust.