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Square-Enix digital entertainment division sees net sales rise, boost attributed to Final Fantasy X/X-2 and XII The Zodiac Age on Switch

Final Fantasy keeps raking in the cash

In their most recent fiscal report, Square-Enix noted that their digital division saw net sales rose by 17.5 percent year-on-year to 37.2 billion yen ($349.6 million). Square-Enix followed up by saying that those positive results come from the launch of both Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age on Switch/Xbox One. Good to know people were scooping up those games!

New 'Inside Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age' Video Reveals Developer Secrets

Tell me party people, what's your Zodiac sign?

LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2019) – Today, SQUARE ENIX® released a brand-new video in the ongoing ‘Inside FINAL FANTASY®’ series that sheds light on the development of some of the most-beloved entries in the classic series.

‘Inside FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE™’ spotlights two of the creative minds behind the beloved game, director Takashi Katano and producer Hiroaki Kato, discussing development and their inspirations while making the vast and magical world of Ivalice.

The ‘Inside FINAL FANTASY’ series takes viewers on a deep dive into the legacy of the series bringing together interviews with a variety of original creators, artists and developers. Previously released videos in the series have given in-depth looks at FINAL FANTASY IX, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™, FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster, sharing new information on the development of these revered, fan-favorite titles. Follow the FINAL FANTASY YouTube channel for updates in the Inside FINAL FANTASY series: https://www.youtube.com/finalfantasy

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE is now available for STEAM®, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo Switch™ system and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X. The title is rated T (Teen). For more information, go to: www.finalfantasyxii.com

Digital Foundry - Final Fantasy 12: Switch/Xbox One Tested + Bonus Final Fantasy X Analysis

Another fantastic port

One of Square Enix's crowning triumphs of the PS2 era is back in a further updated release. Nintendo Switch brings the portable goods, while Xbox One X is unique for offering 60fps on console - though with a catch. Tom covers all.

Original translator for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Final Fantasy XII reflects on his work

Two timeless projects

Alexander O. Smith is one of the main people responsible for the translations of Final Fantasy XII and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Both games are fresh in players' minds right now, as they've recently received remakes/remasters. In an interview with Verge, Mr. Smith looks back on his work for both titles.

On Final Fantasy XII

“You end up waiting and grabbing the parts that you can, and playing through the game and familiarizing yourself with the text, and hope that the timing works out,” Smith explains. “We spent nine months doing the voiced part of the game, which was something like 12 percent of the total volume. And then we spent around five months doing the remaining 88 percent, which was non-voiced.”

On Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

“They gave me all the text and said ‘Go.’ It’s difficult to do something that’s super timeless, especially if the game itself is set in a particular time.”

Check out Mr. Smith's full interview here

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age - more gameplay

This HD remaster is based on the smash hit 12th instalment of the FINAL FANTASY series, which has shipped over 6,100,000 units worldwide, featuring a new, re-worked game design!

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age - more gameplay

This HD remaster is based on the smash hit 12th installment of the FINAL FANTASY series, which has shipped over 6,100,000 units worldwide, featuring a new, re-worked game design! Not only have the graphics and sound been updated to take advantage of the power of new hardware, but the core game design has also been tweaked to produce an evolution of the original FFXII fitting for the current generation.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age - Japanese commercial

Vaan's the man!

This HD remaster is based on the smash hit 12th instalment of the FINAL FANTASY series, which has shipped over 6,100,000 units worldwide, featuring a new, re-worked game design! Not only have the graphics and sound been updated to take advantage of the power of new hardware, but the core game design has also been tweaked to produce an evolution of the original FFXII fitting for the current generation.

Check out the reversible cover art for Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age

It's a gorgeous one

Here's our first look at the reversible cover for Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age on Switch. This cover art is drawn by Hideo Minaba, who has worked on multiple Final Fantasy games over the years. This piece of art is completely new for the Switch release.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age live-stream recording

Final Fantasies

Square-Enix has wrapped their live-stream event for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. You can check out the full live-stream recording above.

Square-Enix hosting Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age live-stream for Japan

A double live-stream event

Square-Enix is putting together a special live-stream event to celebrate the upcoming launches of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on Switch. The live-stream airs April 10th, 2019 at 8PM JST, and it will focus on introducing Switch players to the basics of both games.

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