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‘Final Fantasy XII’ HD remaster coming to PS4 in 2017

June 6th, 2016 at 9:50 AM
Final Fantasy XII HD Remaster

With just a few days left until E3 2016, you might have thought that Square Enix would be focusing all of its efforts on the Final Fantasy XV. The upcoming sequel is sure to be one of the highlights of the show, but it turns out that the Japanese publisher has another Final Fantasy surprise waiting in the wings.

On Monday, Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age — an HD remaster of the 2006 PlayStation 2 classic — would launch in 2017.

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Fans of the series have been waiting years for a re-release of the follow-up to Final Fantasy X. Although FFXII isn’t technically the last numbered Final Fantasy RPG to come out, it is the last one to have received consistent critical praise.

Square Enix says that the remaster will feature upgraded backgrounds, character models and cutscenes, along with 7.1ch surround sound support and the ability the pick between the original soundtrack and re-recorded tracks.

As Square Enix explains, this remaster will be based on the International Zodiac Job System version of the game, which included dozens of improvements and additions to the original release. Unfortunately, much like the International version, The Zodiac Age has also only been announced for release in Japan, but chances are good it will makes its way stateside before too long.

[UPDATE: Square Enix North America has confirmed a Western release for the game. We’ve updated the embedded video with the North American trailer.]

Watch the first trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age:

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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