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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: Oct. 31, 2006 (US), Feb. 23, 2007 (EU)

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'Final Fantasy XII' (PS2) Gets Release Date

by Judy on May 17, 2005 @ 3:09 a.m. PDT

Final Fantasy XII shakes the series to its core with the introduction of a unique new combat system, while still honoring the franchise's reputation for epic storytelling, incredible spectacle, and compelling characters.

Final Fantasy XII is the latest title in the best-selling series. Dynamic rendered movies and high-quality real-time graphics that push the PlayStation 2's performance to the limit create the spectacular world of Ivalice, the setting for this epic story. Deep characters with distinct personalities convey their emotions through gestures and expressions as well as words. All this and a revolutionary battle system that allows seamless transitions between battle and exploration are just some of the many brand new elements and challenges that are packed into this title.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to finally announce the release timing for Final Fantasy XII and hope that our fans can wait just a little longer, as the development team is working very hard to complete our latest installment," said Yoichi Wada, president of Square Enix. "We were also very happy to showcase a technical demonstration of Final Fantasy VII in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment. Thanks to the PlayStation 3's powerful Cell processor our acclaimed classic has never looked better."

For technological development purposes and in preparation for the development of next generation software, a state-of-the-art technology demonstration video was created and shown at the Sony Computer Entertainment press conference on May 16, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. The video recreated a scene from the opening sequence of Final Fantasy VII, the seminal 1997 hit on the PlayStation game console, by utilizing the next-generation, high-performance processor Cell. The scene was recreated with the PlayStation 3's ultra high-speed data transferring and calculation capabilities. With this technology, a real-time scene with high-end, game-movie quality was successfully created. This means that the movie can be generated in conjunction with the player's movements, as opposed to a pre-rendered movie that plays during a game.

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