According to producer Hiroaki Kato, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age isn't just some simple remaster. Speaking to French publication Finaland, Kato reveals that the development team spent a huge amount of time tweaking and rebalancing the game for a modern audience.
"We didn't want to simply make a cosmetic upgrade, because with the change in hardware, the way people play games and what people expect from games has changed somewhat," the producer begins. "So the way we did it is that we wanted to make a game that would be accessible by modern gamers. We spent around the same amount of time as you would to develop a new game, to make it like a new game for the modern day rather than a simple remaster." That sounds like some dedication right there.
Kato continues: "Of course we want those who played the original game to enjoy it and have a new and exciting experience, but we also think the game is so good that we want new players to experience it too. Certainly, a new generation of Final Fantasy players, who maybe started with Final Fantasy XV, are now looking for another Final Fantasy to play. We thought that we really needed to make a game that they would pick up and enjoy, and be able to get into very easily."
We're big fans of Final Fantasy XII, but admittedly, it's been years since we actually played it. As such, it'll be interesting to see how Square Enix has improved the overall package outside of the obvious graphical upgrade. Fortunately, we don't that have long to wait - Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age launches on the 11th July in North America and Europe.
Will you be returning to Final Fantasy XII this summer, or will The Zodiac Age be your first taste of the PS2 classic? Set out to save the land in the comments section below.