Final Fantasy XII Update

We find out what Square Enix is cooking up for the US version of its latest entry in the Final Fantasy series.

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With Final Fantasy XII well on its way to being localized for its October release, Square Enix dropped by to give us a look at a work-in-progress version of the US game. Besides the expected translation, reps showed off a display enhancement to the upcoming game over its Japanese counterpart. After showing off this new addition, reps gave us a quick sampling of various aspects of this highly anticipated game.

The big news in the demo was that the game is being enhanced to include 16x9 widescreen support for the US. Though the new display option doesn't include progressive-scan support, it's still a smart addition that highlights the game's gorgeous visuals. The new display showcases the detailed art style in the game, as well as the impressive scope of its massive environments, especially the cities. It's quite cool to roam the various settlements you'll encounter, which will range from sprawling metropolises to more modest-sized burgs.

Besides the new display feature, the demo gave us a quick run through of FFXII's various gameplay systems, which have either been revamped or seen significant tweaks. The end result is a lean new system that's probably the most customizable the series has ever seen. You'll be able to guide character development anyway you like for the most part, letting you have parties of characters that are buffed up to suit your play style.

Our demo also gave us a chance to listen to more of the US audio, which has a distinct flavor from the previous entries in the series. In many ways, the game has a very European flavor, as many of the character voices we heard were accented English. The distinctive voices fit in well with the game's story and give the game a unique feel that works.

Character progression will be more flexible than ever this time around.

We don't expect it to be much of a shocker to hear that Final Fantasy XII is shaping up to be one of the PlayStation 2's top titles this fall. Though the franchise has always been known for its epic adventures and overall quality, XII seems to be packing an extra layer of polish. The tweaks made to the traditional FF gameplay mechanics really give the game a fresh feel that we haven't seen in a long time, which pleases us to no end. With FFXIII set for the PlayStation 3, FFXII is likely to be the last FF game on the PS2 (unless Square does a FFX-2-style side game for it, anyway), and as such, we're glad to see the series going out on a classy note. Final Fantasy XII is currently slated to ship this fall for the PlayStation 2. Look for more on the game in the next few weeks.

Discussion

243 comments
Sephiroth666601
Sephiroth666601

heheheh im already playing the english version XDDD the game has a very interesting character evolution, i love it good one Square, better than VP2

tiyoy_araguy
tiyoy_araguy

The Japanese version is way too god in terms of battling, cinematographies, characters, and environment. I can't wait what does enhancements coming in the English version............

swares_dedy
swares_dedy

i think it'll be the best final fantasy series ever!!!

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

I like the british voice acting of the game. It fits the characters and the timeline.

pquinn8189
pquinn8189

what kind of combat system will this game have? Anyone have any details?

Sh4kal
Sh4kal

I WILL BUY THIS GAME!!! HE IS THE BEST OF THE BEST GAMES!!

Free_Radical
Free_Radical

I only hope they didn't make the same mistake they did in FFX. I don't want to hear lame So-Cal accents in a Japanese game thank you so very much. At the very least they could have left the original Japanese audio and just let you run by with english subtitles. If FFXII has to be in English, at LEAST vary the accents a little bit. I don't know about you, but by the end, i wanted to nuke Yuna myself.

djcloud7
djcloud7

i hope Square make a game like ff7 (the best ff ever made). As for ff12 i think it will be nice!! Unfortunately we in europe have to wait!

ekonermina
ekonermina

i love this game and it is easy to download it from the net... :) best luck to all FF fans

severin99
severin99

Can`t wait to play this game. Unfortunately, we Europeans have to wait a long time for this...and the PS3...and.....!!

Socom_sniper
Socom_sniper

I am not big into RPG but this looks awsome i am gonna have to pick it up

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

I hope this game is as great as ff7 was. FF7 had memorable characters, environment, and music and I hope this game will live up to that caliber.

hmsmichaelot
hmsmichaelot

GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. **** delays

GaylinB
GaylinB

weeeeh!!!! i can't wait! i love final fanisy!

kmwamala
kmwamala

Well it bound to be good unlike Dirge of Cerberus

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

Some people are ungrateful with FFXII caused they pushed it back, and with the battle system. I mean would you have FFXII or Kingdom Hearts 2? KH2 was lazy and so thoughtless in the continuation of gameplay I almost DIED from boredom, at least with FXII you'll actually get to experience a real game that's worth it's name to the series unlike KH2. Yes it's a big diss to KH2.

vhpscr
vhpscr

well... this new battle system might work for me....its a shame.. :(

the_drop_man
the_drop_man

I think FFIX IS better than 7 and i never played 7, FF9 got better graphics the 7 hahahahaha

overlord_101
overlord_101

Ever since I got IX i've been hooked to the series, I really cannot wait much longer. COME ON SQUARE!!!!

barflytke401
barflytke401

*Sits on couch and stares at calendar in anticipation*

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

should've cancelled it...

Chiyo18
Chiyo18

square enix has pushed XII back for so long that i've lost all interest in it. even after seeing new screen shots and videos i just can't get into it anymore. plus i'm not a fan of the new battle system they've implemented. i would rather see the traditional rpg style of battling. ATB battle system of course, but the traditional style nonetheless. my cousin did mention that in the demo he played you could change the style of battle to be more like the originals. if that's really true, then i MIGHT pick up a copy when it comes out. if not i'll just wait for XIII and VS XIII.

Ant89
Ant89

Unfortunately EA have ruined what was a great series, the battle system is rubbish!

Imperatorlein
Imperatorlein

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar, this game is the best game forever!!!!

GeeverTidus
GeeverTidus

This will be the GAME OF THE YEAR for sure!!! I have finished the game in japanese version and man it RocKed!!! The Gameplay, graphics, characters and sory were perfectly executed for me this is the best FF game i've ever played....Im still getting the english version and look if there are any updates from the japanese version..... Yeah Cant wait for FFXIII in PS3.

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

I haven't been dissapointed by a FF yet and I don't see it happening this time. YYYyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyayy!!! (etc)!!!!!

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

Pre-ordered, paid for, eagerly awaited. I admit I had some concerns about FFXII when I first heard about it, but the nigh-universal praise it has been getting has me very excited. Here's to Square Enix and a hell of a series. I'll reserve judgement on the changes until after I spend a good length of time playing the thing.

ljohnson88
ljohnson88

I absolutley love the Final Fantasy Series. I have 100% every Final Fantasy. I even got the pink tail in Final Fantasy 4 (stupidly hard to get). Well i say 100%, everything apart from getting the Excalibur 2. Just Can't Do It. But anyway back to the point. I can't wait for this lush looking game to come out. I have high hopes for this game as it is the last Final Fantasy for PS2, so I hope it doesn't dissapoint. But from what i've seen so far it doesn't lok like it will. Also I wonder how many more Final Fantasy's there will be.........???

effingenus
effingenus

You guys need to all stop whinning! Square can do whatever they want, it is their game, do you create FF6...no!! So don't act like you know something. FF rocks!! always has, always will!!

gup5t3r
gup5t3r

omg!!!!! i ordered lke 20 pieces from gamestop for the limited edition for me and my gang of friends who are sooooo crazy over FF series... we played the NTSC/J version of it and we were hooked up even though we aren't very skilled in japanese.. soooo awaiting for itl...

banfire69
banfire69

I also pre-ordered 4 FINAL FANTASY XII COLLECTOR'S EDITION two for myself and two for friends. When the PS3 comes out it will make the graphics on FF 12 look better because it up converts any PS and PS2 game to a higher quality. kinda like a dvd player with HD up conversion. OH!!! and for those of you criticizing final fantasy i got something to say to you. as the name of the game is final fantasy, although the will never be a final-- final fantasy. a fantasy is something someone dreams or fantasizes about and hopes for it to come through some day, that is exactly what you playing as the usually main character in these games (FINAL FANTASY) are like, the are like a dream and a story at the same time. I personally have a huge collection of games and have never felt more into a games story than the games of the entire final fantasy universe. Out of all the games i have the final fantasy series gets my highest regards and best wishes in the future of the gaming industry to come. P.S. Cant wait for Final Fantasy XIII

Andrew_D28
Andrew_D28

YAY FOR WIDESCREEN!! I wish it was availible in Progressive scan but i'll take what I can get. Got my Special Collectors edition preordered too.

ffmarco
ffmarco

Don t agree at all with the SE is EA of Japan statement. EA brings every year a new Madden and FIFA, Final Fantasy you get once every four years with a new story and many features revamped (with the exception of FFVIII, FFIX, they didn t bring anything new or better really). SE never buys movie licences, not even anime licences, they have their own original games and manga/anime. It s true though that especially japanese get many remakes/ports and spin-offs of FF and DQ, but fans want to relive older FF on current handhelds.DQ spin-offs and FF remakes were also old tradition of Square and Enix before even merging and even becoming leading companies.It s true though that the compilation of FFVII is merely a fanservice and easy cash-in. But if we consider SE s success and popularity in Japan, well yeah we could say that SE in Japan is the equivalent of EA in N.America and Europe.They are most likely the biggest and largest third-party publisher in Japan.

_E_J_
_E_J_

wheeloftime24 okay first off I am in no way shape or form buying this game. I find recent FFS in no way shape or form EPIC. FFX was a disaster in my book. --Wheel how could you not like FFX...blitzball was the sh*t. It was still no IV or VIII...but come on it wasn't that bad...a little too easy I agree, but blitzball made up for it. I am definently getting XII, since almost every FF is at least somewhat decent.

kittyrolls
kittyrolls

I'm looking forward to the new gameplay style. It appears to be a refreshing new turn on this legendary series. It's impressive how they can continue to surprise and impress even the most veteran FF fans, with each new feature. Plus the gorgeous looking screens and in-game footage is a real winner.. bring on the last Final Fantasy of PS2, can't wait :) It'll be a definate hit!

Game-o_O
Game-o_O

S_o_G, ... EA sucks. o_O

solid_krash
solid_krash

This is going to be the game of the year!!!

S_o_G
S_o_G

I agree with wheeloftime24 except on the parts of ff7 and 8 i didn't like those games. the last great final fantasy was 6 for me, and Chrono trigger and Final Fantasy tactics we're the last great square games. Square has really become the EA of japan.

markd751
markd751

"I went to gamestop and they were all over me when I bought enchanted arms for 360. I was told well FFXII is going to blow it away. I said why, they said because its a FF. I just shook my head. The original creaters of FF aren't even at square anymore they are making lost oddysey for 360." That's because you went to gamestop. They are clueless, 16 year olds.

Demandred24
Demandred24

okay first off I am in no way shape or form buying this game. I find recent FFS in no way shape or form EPIC. FFX was a disaster in my book. You ran from one small map to the next with an arrow pointing the whole way. You had to sit through horrible dialog. The english voice acting was terrible. The game was made ever more linear and it had cutscenes of some sort every 10 steps. I spent my time watching instead of playing, yet reviewers at this game up like it was candy. FFX was a stripped down dumbed down rpg with a cheesy storyline. I loved the old school FFs up to 8. I played the japanese version of XII, its an over dramatic soap opera. And now square is trying to milk the FF name even more with FFXIII for the ps3. I honestly feel like I am playing the madden of rpgs now. Square has seriously turned into the EA of japan. They are milking their super big hit FFVII for all its worth. They milked FFX with the disaster FFX-2. I went to gamestop and they were all over me when I bought enchanted arms for 360. I was told well FFXII is going to blow it away. I said why, they said because its a FF. I just shook my head. The original creaters of FF aren't even at square anymore they are making lost oddysey for 360.

Evilrudy
Evilrudy

The screenshots on this game look great for ps2. Cant wait to get it.

Enterprise-E
Enterprise-E

I WANT THIS GAME!!!!! I am going to pre-order this today!!

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

i wonder why I'm more excited for this than yakuza !? ermmm noooo ... i wanna be a tough guy .... yet i wanna be in a FF world ... arghhhh ... help help help!

barflytke401
barflytke401

Anticipation is high....can't wait for the game. Kind of sad to hear this will probably be the last FF for PS2. I probably won't be getting a PS3 for at least a year or two after release so FFXIII is something I won't be able to enjoy for a while. As for a FFX-2 style sequel...I'd rather them not.

5telio5
5telio5

I've seen a trailer of this game and it's pretty cool but....... RESIDENT EVIL RULES! FF CAN'T REACH RESIDENT EVIL 5! HA HA HA!!!!!!