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WATCH: New Trailer For ‘Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’ Shows Off Remastered Visuals

See the world of Ivalice like never before in this new trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age from the Tokyo Game Show.

The remaster for the 12th installment in the series, which was released ten years ago for PS2, was only announced a few short months ago and already we get to see some updated gameplay. The remaster is based on the 2007 international version, Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System, meaning that Western audiences will get to experience the 12-job character progression system for the first time. So if you’ve already played Final Fantasy XII and planned on skipping this, you may want to reconsider, as the job system really adds depth to the overall game experience.

Obviously, this is also a good opportunity for those who have never played the critically-acclaimed original title to try it as well. Newcomers to the series are no doubt caught up in all the Final Fantasy XV hype; comparatively, this remaster hasn’t gotten much attention, but it would be a mistake to pass it up. The story takes place in the world of Ivalice, and follows protagonists Ashe and Vaan. When the small kingdom of Dalmasca is caught between warring empires and nearly destroyed, the Princess of Archadia, Ashe, incites a resistance movement. She meets Vaan, an aspiring sky pirate, when he attempts to break into the palace to get revenge for his brother’s death, and the two set off on a quest together to solve the mystery driving the war.

In an interview with Polygon, producer Hiroaki Kato talked about all the changes coming to the remaster. The original game represented a major departure from the classic turn-based combat system, and it was difficult; the remaster will adjust game balance to make it a little easier, but there will also be a Trial Mode for fans seeking a more difficult experience. There is also a high-speed mode, where you can hold down a button to move faster (this was also included in International Zodiac Job System), improved guide features to keep players from getting lost, and an autosave between maps.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is currently scheduled to release sometime in 2017 for PlayStation 4. Stay tuned to Heavy.com for all your Final Fantasy and gaming news.

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