Learn All About Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’s Gambit System In New Gameplay Trailer

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has received a new trailer today that aims to give potential players a bite-sized breakdown of how the RPG’s unique combat works. The Gambit System, as it’s so-called, has undergone a notable number of adjustments for the upcoming remaster, no doubt in response to the mild criticism that the original received for being too cumbersome for newcomers, but Square Enix certainly looks to have spared no expense in modernizing its more obtuse quirks.

That includes the Zodiac Job system – which ups the number of License Boards to 12, rather than the original one – featured in the 2007 Japanese release, as well as a raft of combat mechanic adjustments and tweaked technical elements. See the video above for a five-point breakdown of why you’ll learn to love the Gambit System, one of which unapologetically gushes about how “dreamy” the sky pirate Balthier is.

Joining The Zodiac Age’s revamped Gambit System will be several other additions, including PlayStation Trophy support for completionists as well as a remastered soundtrack and brand new content including Trial Mode. Separate from the core campaign, Trials pits your party against 100 waves of increasingly difficult groups of enemies, with financial rewards aplenty for those that rise to the challenge.

For those new to Final Fantasy XII‘s setting, find a story summary below, courtesy of Square.

Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.

Besides the release of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on July 11 to look forward to, series fans will no doubt be anticipating the launch of Final Fantasy XIV‘s second expansion, Stormblood, next month, as well as further DLC for Final Fantasy XV. Could Square top all of that off with some more details for Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 in a few weeks? Fingers crossed!


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