Final Fantasy XII HD is getting a big gameplay overhaul

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

If you're fancying returning to the world of Ivalice in glorious high-definition later this year on PlayStation 4, then there are a few things you need to know.

We already knew that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age was based off the previously Japan-exclusive FFXII International: Zodiac Job System re-release on PlayStation 2, but now we know that the gameplay will be further changed from the original English version we all played in the noughties.

Square Enix Japan announced (translated by RPG Site) that players will be able to select two job classes at the same time, thanks to a new unlockable feature called 'L Board Plus'.

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So what does this mean, exactly? Well, the original game let every character equip every weapon and learn every ability, and you could turn them into a dedicated mage, a sturdy tank or a jack-of-all-trades and back at your whim.

The PS2 Zodiac Job System version made you choose a defined class for each character, which they were locked into for the entirety of the game. Each class could access a limited amount of equipment and techniques related to their role, so no spears for your spellcasters.

Related: remembering some of the best games for the PS2.

With only six characters available, you not only had to plan your team's balance from the beginning, but you couldn't experience every class in one playthrough.

Basically, it was stressful.

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What this new system does is double the amount of character classes available, meaning you can have two healers without sacrificing a physical attacker. Combining two jobs can also lead to beefier mages, or katana-wielders who can bust out a Firaga when the chips are down.

This brings FFXII more in line with the job systems from V, X-2 and the Tactics series - all of which were brilliant, even (especially) X-2.

Square also showed off some new screenshots (as you've seen) and more of the previously-revealed map overlay, as well as revealing that eight new tracks are being added to this version of the game.

This may not seem impressive, but that's eight whole new tracks of Final Fantasy music, which we say is worth the asking price alone.

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Alongside all the other International features like Trial Mode and the speed boost, as well as shiny P4 Trophies, this is shaping up to be the definite version of many people's favourite Final Fantasy.

Maybe a re-shuffling of our series ranking list is in order...

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Final Fantasy: The Zodiac Age releases July 11 on PlayStation 4.

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