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It’s 2015, so that means we get our game news from caterers and Japanese voice actors. And now, you can add orchestra conductors to the list of people who can’t keep secrets.
A Final Fantasy XII remake or remaster is in the works, according to the conductor of the Distant Worlds symphony concert. Arnie Roth, who led the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a recital of music from the Final Fantasy series tonight, spoke to the crowd about the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII that publisher Square Enix announced with Sony at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in June. But Roth didn’t stop at Final Fantasy VII. He also mentioned that he is looking forward to the remake of Final Fantasy XII.
GamesBeat writer Mike Minotti attended the concert and noted that Hitoshi Sakimoto was also in the audience but did not correct Roth.
We’ve reached out to Square Enix for confirmation or clarification on Roth’s comment.
Final Fantasy XII first debuted in 2006 on the PlayStation 2. It was widely acclaimed at the time by critics and fans of the series, but Square Enix has largely ignored it since then. The company did release a sequel for the DS in 2007, but it also cancelled an action-game spinoff that Bionic Commando developer Grin was working on.
In recent years, XII’s star has naturally faded as Square Enix moved onto Final Fantasy XIII (and its many sequels) and the massively multiplayer online Final Fantasy XIV. But with consumers starving for games to play on the hot-selling PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones, HD-upgrade rereleases have found a larger and larger market. And an improved version of Final Fantasy XII that runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second could capitalize on that.
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