Switch and Xbox One release dates confirmed for the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.
Last year, it was announced that a bunch of classic Final Fantasy games – specifically from the PS1 and PS2 era – would be getting re-released for the little handheld console that could, the Nintendo Switch (and the Xbox One).
Those games are, deep breath:
- Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII– not you!
- Final Fantasy IX
- Final Fantasy X
- Final Fantasy X-2
- Final Fantasy XII
We weren’t given any definite timescales, but we were given to understand that we’d start to see these games in 2019.
Now that prophecy is beginning to come true: we’ve been given the first release dates for some of those Final Fantasy re-releases.
Specifically, that’s the modern remasters of Final Fantasy X, X2, and XII – otherwise known as the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – which will see a release on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One this April.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will drop on April 16th, while Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will follow a fortnight later, on April 30th.
The great news is that unlike other modern Squaresoft ports – which haven’t always been the best – these are pretty great versions of fantastic games. Final Fantasy X is a lot of fun anyway, and X-2 is also there, while the Final Fantasy XII remaster features numerous quality-of-life improvements; most importantly, the ability to speed up its automated, grinding combat. It certainly sold well as a result.
There’s still no date for Final Fantasy VII or IX yet, but we’re hoping to see them later in the year. As for Final Fantasy VIII, we’re given to understand a re-release isn’t on the cards there (possibly due to licensing issues with the song Eyes on Me, which featured heavily in the game’s soundtrack).