The HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII on PS4 now has an official release date. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age arrives on July 11 in North America and Europe, and on July 13 in Japan, Square Enix has announced. The original game was first released back in 2006 - yep, it's that long - on PS2 and was never ported to other platforms.
The Zodiac Age will feature Trophy support, a new soundtrack, and of course, technical improvements. The remaster was first announced in June 2016. It is the second main (non-sequel, non-spinoff) Final Fantasy installment in the PlayStation era to get an HD remaster following FFX. FFX-2 HD, which came with FFX HD, was based on a direct sequel, while the iOS, Android, and PC versions of FFIX released early last year were just enhanced ports.
FFXII is notable for being the first in the series to omit the hated random enemy encounters and instead adopts a system similar to Chrono Cross where enemies are visible on the field. A sequel, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, was also released on Nintendo DS back in 2007. Nobody cared about that one.
The Zodiac Age re-tells the story of Vaan, an aspiring sky pirate who, upon meeting a young princess named Ashe, gets caught up in a war between two nations. It is based on the international version of the game, Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System.
Meaning, all the additional goodies that came with that version - more license boards, new game modes, etc. - will be included in The Zodiac Age.
Overall, FFXII is the 11th main installment out of 15 to have received (or will receive) either a full remake, an HD remaster, or an enhanced port. FFVIII, FFXI, FFXIII, and the recently released Final Fantasy XV are all still left untouched (FFXIV was essentially remade into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn). Next up is FFVII, which is set for a full remake after years of endless rumors and speculations.