The Zodiac Age is a HD remaster of the Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System version, which was released in Japan back in 2007 but never ported West, contrary to its name. In addition to remastered character models and cutscenes, the upcoming release also includes a new trial mode which involves hunting monsters in 100 different maps, newly recorded background music, and support for trophies.
Originally launched in 2006 for PlayStation 2, Final Fantasy XII is widely acclaimed as one of the best Final Fantasy titles. The game is set in the magical world of Ivalice, and follows an energetic orphan Vaan on his journey to become a sky pirate.
While the Standard Edition of the game costs $49.99, select retailers carry the Limited Edition which costs the same, but adds an exclusive steel book featuring artwork by Akihiko Yoshida, and a digital code to unlock the original soundtrack background music option in-game. The first print run of the Standard Edition will also include a limited reversible coversheet featuring artwork by Akihiko Yoshida, according to Square Enix.
On the other hand, pre-ordering digitally via PlayStation Store gets you a static PS4 theme and a 4-track music compilation composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto.
Available exclusively through Square Enix Online Store, this $200 edition comes with the following in addition to the base game:
- Exclusive “Judge Magisters” Mini Bust Set (Judges Bergan, Drace, Gabranth, Ghis, and Zargabaath)
- Selection of soundtrack music from famed composer Hitoshi Sakimoto
- Steelbook featuring exclusive art to the Collector’s Edition
- Set of Six Art Cards (Vaan, Ashe, Basch, Fran & Balthier, Penelo and World of Ivalice)
- Digital code to unlock the official soundtrack background music option in-game
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be out for PlayStation 4 on July 11, 2017.