Why now? And what might be next?
The remaster of Final Fantasy XII is called The Zodiac Age, and it’s releasing this summer. In an interview with Gamespot, producer Hiroaki Kato and director Takashi Katano spoke about why it’s the right time to remaster Final Fantasy XII.
When asked why they were interested in remastering Final Fantasy XII specifically, Kato explained that, “[The] reason was that when we created the original XII, we actually made it relatively high spec. So we were always thinking that we wanted to create an HD version of it sometime in the future.”
Kato was also asked what is going to be new to The Zodiac Age, to which he said, “The Zodiac Age is based on the International Zodiac Job System, which was only released in Japan. So especially for the Western audience, we changed the entire gameplay balance.”
Both developers were also asked which Final Fantasy games they would like to see remastered next. Katano said the PS2 games were the only ones that could be remastered:
“The PlayStation 2 would probably be the only hardware that we could really remaster from. Anything before that probably wouldn’t be a remaster anymore, but a remix because of all the polygon models and sprites, like Final Fantasy VII. That’s probably why they’re doing a remake, instead of like a remaster.”
Kato signed off by saying, “I’d love to see a remaster of Final Fantasy I and all the numbered titles, but that would be difficult to do.”
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is scheduled to be released on July 11 in North America and Europe, exclusively to the PS4.