10/08/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Final Fantasy XII game to ship first in Japan, on March 16th, 2006.
The North American version is scheduled for release later in 2006.
Since its debut in 1987, the Final Fantasy RPG game series has sold 63 million units worldwide. Final Fantasy XII is the latest installment in the series. The firm said its real-time graphics aim to push the envelope of the PlayStation2 capabilities, while its pre-rendered movies bring the world of Final Fantasy XII to life.
Here's the story in brief ... It was an age when magic was commonplace and airships plied the skies, crowding out the heavens. Our tale begins in Dalmasca, one small kingdom in the world of Ivalice. There, a young orphan named Vaan dreams of escaping his life on the streets, piloting an airship of his own, free to go where he will.
Against the backdrop of the war engulfing Dalmasca, Vaan meets Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to the Dalmascan throne who had been given up for missing. They are joined by Vaan's friend Penelo, the sky pirate Balthier, and his partner Fran. And with them is Basch, a captain in the Dalmascan army who turned traitor and slew his king.
Grand adventure and unforeseen encounters set the stage of Ivalice for the telling of this epic tale.
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