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Release Dates Announced For ‘Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster’ and ‘Final Fantasy XII’

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Photo Credit: Square Enix Online Store

Release dates have been announced for Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Previously, both remastered titles were only available on the Playstation 4. Square Enix took to Twitter to make the announcements:

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Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Remaster is exactly what it says: a remastered version of both Final Fantasy X and it’s follow-up, Final Fantasy X2, both originally released on the Playstation 2 in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

Final Fantasy X follows Tidus, a pro Blitzball player, who must battle Sin after the monster destroys his home city Zanarkand. A sprawling RPG with a great cast of characters and an interesting Sphere Grid level up system, the game was an instant hit with fans and critics and – at the time – one of the most impressive and expensive games ever released. The HD Remaster proves that the game still holds up 17 years later, aside from some outdated design choices and cheesy moments.

Photo Credit: Square Enix Online Store
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Final Fantasy X2 was the first proper sequel to a Final Fantasy game, but focuses on the women from Final Fantasy X: Yuna, Rikku and Paine. In many ways a wildly different game than X, X2 still held its own. X2 featured a garment system which replaced the original sphere grid level up system from X and allowed players to customize the look of their characters. While not as popular as X nor as critically successful, the game still managed to gain decent fanfare and has gone on to be accepted as a good addition to the Final Fantasy franchise in the 15 years since its original release.

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Photo Credit: Square Enix Online Store

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Final Fantasy XII, originally released in 2006 for the Playstation 2 console, was a whole different beast when compared to X and X2. Final Fantasy, as a series, has never been one to become attached on any one idea, leveling system or story line and XII proved once again they were willing to innovate and take chances. Gone was the turn based system and random encounters which had dominated all previous Final Fantasy adventures. XII featured real-time fighting which many RPG and Final Fantasy pursuits scoffed at. But, like X2, it seems many have forgiven the game for it’s faults and embraced it as a worthy addition to the Final Fantasy canon.

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Photo Credit: Square Enix Online Store

Will you be picking up either game on the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One? Have you played X/X2/XIII before? Let us know in the comments!

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