We might be one step closer to getting to see Vaan’s emaciated, whiny abs in glorious HD.
At a Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert in Pittsburgh Saturday night, composer Arnie Roth randomly announced that yes, Final Fantasy XII is getting a remake, much to fans’ surprise. Hitoshi Sakimoto, who scored FFXII, was also in attendance.
If this is true, it isn’t exactly a shock—FFXII is the only Final Fantasy game you can’t play on modern consoles—but it’s still nice news for anyone who missed or wants to replay the adventures of Balthier and crew. (Fun fact: Final Fantasy XII first came out just two months before Final Fantasy Versus XIII (now FFXV) was announced.)
Roth might be incorrect or misinformed—and I wouldn’t be surprised if what he really means is “remaster”—but he sure does sound confident about it. Via Final Fantasy Network, here’s video footage of the semi-announcement:
It’s abnormal for a composer to be making random announcements like this, so there’s reason to be skeptical, but RPG fans have long predicted that a FFXII remake would be en route after the success of Final Fantasy X HD on PS3, Vita, and PS4. Prediction: Square denies this is true on Monday, then announces it on Wednesday.
UPDATE (8/3/15, 9:20am): Unsurprisingly, Roth is backtracking. In a post on the FF Distant Worlds Facebook page, he writes:
In response to comments posted by fans, I want to rectify a statement made from the stage Saturday night at our Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert in Pittsburgh.
Following conversations with composer Hitoshi Sakimoto regarding new concert arrangements of music from FINAL FANTASY XII, regrettably, the term ‘remake’ was used in error during one of the announcements that took place from the stage during the concert.
We sincerely regret any confusion this has caused.
Producer and Music Director
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY
Sounds like he really meant to say “remaster”!