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The New Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age Story Trailer is Very Game of Thrones-esque

A greater emphasis on the game's overarching story makes a way better trailer.

News by Matt Kim, .

It might have been awhile, but I don't remember Final Fantasy XII being so much like Game of Thrones. Or at least that's the impression I got from the new story trailer for Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age that was revealed today on the PlayStation blog.

Square Enix producer Hiroaki Kato took to the PS blog today to talk a little bit more about the upcoming Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age remake, including a few details about the game's music and graphical updates since the first Final Fantasy XII came out on the PlayStation 2 back in 2006.

When Kato and the other core members from the original FFXII development team reunited to work on The Zodiac Age, their goal was "to not only improve the visual and sound expression, but also to reconstruct the game design itself so that the players can experience a new Final Fantasy XII as a modern game."

This includes completely re-recorded music tracks featuring live performances as composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto, the original composer. Originally the plan was to use tracks from both the PS2 version as well as an original soundtrack version, but Sakimoto suggested to do it live as they say. Other sound options include the ability to switch between Japanese and English voiceover lines at any point in the game.

The game's graphics were also given an overhaul with increased resolution for character models, but improved textures for hair, skin, cloth, armor, and other materials. The contrast between light and shadow was also added using modern lighting technology. "We were careful to preserve the unique graphical texture of Akihiko Yoshida's character illustrations while enhancing the expressiveness with modern technology," Kato wrote.

Meanwhile, I'm digging the new story trailer as it puts a greater focus on the larger world and political intrigue. I went back to check out the original Final Fantasy XII trailer which played out more like a typical anime ad with a focus on Vaan's journey as a shounen hero.

FFXII The Zodiac Age hits PlayStation 4 consoles in July 2017.

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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #1 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    Yasumi Matsuno: Doing Game of Thrones Before RR Martin Was Doing Game of Thrones
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #2 cldmstrsn A year ago
    Oh man just a month away and then there goes my summer. Such a fantastic game!
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  • Avatar for ChairmanYang #3 ChairmanYang A year ago
    @SatelliteOfLove It's true. Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics both have the gritty, realistic, political vibe of Game of Thrones. Tactics Ogre in particular, like GoT, is loosely based on actual history (in its case, the Balkan wars).
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  • Avatar for superberg #4 superberg A year ago
    @SatelliteOfLove I mean, not really, but okay.

    The first Ice and Fire Book (now known as Game of Thrones) was published in 1996, which means Martin was working on it for several years prior.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #5 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @superberg and Matsuno was working on Ogre Battle AND Tactics Ogre in the early nineties, in a different country. I doubt he had even heard of Martin so ya his joke could be accurate. Also it's a joke.Edited June 2017 by cldmstrsn
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  • Avatar for Kirinn #6 Kirinn A year ago
    Vaan was always just a POV-insert character into the larger political conflict. There's probably less need to sell Japanese teenagers on the remake.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #7 VotesForCows A year ago
    Still have no idea if I'll get this. I'm hoping some reviews will analyse it for a first-time player. I was aware of pretty much every FF release growing up, but only actually got into the series with 13!
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #8 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @VotesForCows dude just know that this is my favorite Final Fantasy and I highly recommend it. Great story, great soundtrack and fantastic battle system. I'm so excited because I have played through the first release so many times that with this one I finally get to do the job system. Anyways I would say to try and look for some original reviews. You will not be disappointed.Edited June 2017 by cldmstrsn
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #9 VotesForCows A year ago
    @cldmstrsn Hey, I'll take your recommendation I think :) We seem to have similar perpsectives in the comments here most of the time!
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #10 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @VotesForCows I think you'll love it! If you do end up getting it I'll be very interested in what you think.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #11 donkeyintheforest A year ago
    One of the major themes of Game of Thrones is sexual violence. That is not present in FF12 as far as I can remember (thankfully). There is court intrigue though. And a ton more magic use and cool beasts!
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #12 VotesForCows A year ago
    @cldmstrsn Will do! Think we're still linked on PSN, I'll message you when I'm up and running :)
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  • Avatar for Arvis-Jaggamar #13 Arvis-Jaggamar A year ago
    @VotesForCows Just a heads up: XII is one of the most divisive titles in the franchise. A "you either love it or hate it" kind of thing.

    But just so you know, my two biggest problems with XII have both been fixed in The Zodiac Age, so... I'm really looking forward to this.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #14 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    @cldmstrsn

    That is accurate, and it wasn't a joke.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #15 cldmstrsn A year ago
  • Avatar for Dorchadas #16 Dorchadas A year ago
    I really hope this comes to PC eventually. Probably the FF I'm most interested in that I've never gotten to play.
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