Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age already debuted on the PS4 as a full remaster of the classic PS2 game, and now it’s making the leap to a new platform. Since landing on the PS4 in 2017 tons of gamers have gotten to fight their way through the story of the Sky Pirate. The game built off of the success of Final Fantasy X and went for a much more grandiose design and scale, all with impressive visuals.
Final Fantasy XII first came out for the PlayStation 2 in 2006, and in that time, millions have played the game. And with the updated release on the PS4, more than 1 million players hopped back in. The Zodiac Age remastered the visuals and soundtrack, adding a new level of fidelity to the RPG.
And yes, that’s not the only good news for the franchise on the Nintendo Switch. It was also announced that Square had been working on a port of the tenth classic game and its direct sequel as well. That bundle of both Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 is also coming soon. And that’s all in addition to the tease of other ports like Final Fantasy VII.
Check out the trailer for the game down below. The Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age port is due to launch on the Switch on April 30, 2019. You can pre-order the game now.
As for what players can expect from the game when it launches, there’s actually quite a lot going on here. The Switch port features the full original game with all of the visual and audio changes from the PS4 version. And yes, that includes the ATB style system that auto-fills gauges in combat. The Gambit system also makes a return in this port.
That means that all the improvements made to the remaster are also coming. Fans of the original PS2 version get the welcome improvement of the ability to alter game speed. You can massively speed up battles and farming up to four times as fast as the original game. It’s clear that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is designed to be a game that’s respectful of your time, even if you’re pouring in time. That’s a really nice improvement overall.
There are three different versions of Hitoshi Sakimoto’s soundtrack as well. The Switch version sports Original, orchestral, and OST versions of the in-game music.
In short, it’s a great time to be both a Switch owner and a Final Fantasy fan.