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Virtuos' new cover photo features Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, re-release coming?

Virtuos' new cover photo features Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, re-release coming?

Written by Brayden — 12 Sep 2018

Virtuos, the developer who Square Enix entrusted to handle the majority of the development for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age has just recently updated its cover photo used on its official Facebook and Twitter pages and among the titles featured is interestingly Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.

The image shows Vaan from one of Revenant Wing's key art pieces, which you can see in full here.

It's possible this was done by accident and they simply meant to showcase Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age. But it's worth remembering Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age was released on PlayStation 4 now well over a year ago with the PC version being released 8 months ago.

It's also possible following the success of Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age that Square Enix is looking to follow it up with the game's sequel, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. Hiroaki Kato and Takashi Katano, the producer and director of Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age respectively also said that we could see more Ivalice related titles in the future if The Zodiac Age did well.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings would make a lot of sense. It was released for the Nintendo DS in Japan and North America in 2007 with Europe/Australia in 2008. The game's story was set one year after the events of the first game, and saw Vaan now a Sky Pirate with Penelo as his Navigator. It explored their relationship a lot more than the first game. But not to worry, the other characters also returned along with new ones.

Square Enix developed the title in collaboration with Think & Feel. It was directed by Motomu Toriyama who also wrote it with one of his writers, Takanari Ishiyama. Final Fantasy XII composer Hitoshi Sakimoto returned to compose the sequel while art director Isamu Kamikokuryo served as art supervisor. Other staff from Final Fantasy XII were also involved in its development including executive producer Akitoshi Kawazu, artist Ryoma Itō and Daisuke Watanabe.

Upon release the addicting real-time strategy game was met with positive reviews, earning 81/100 on Metacritic along with 8.3/10 on IGN USA and 8.7/10 from IGN AU. It also enjoyed strong sales with well over a million copies sold, and allowed the team to make a brand new game called Blood of Bahamut for Nintendo DS which was released in Japan during 2009.

A remaster or remake of this game could also allow them to include things the game's development team had wanted to include but couldn't due to the small DS game cartridges and company deadlines. These included voice acting and multiplayer elements.

I personally would love to see a remaster or remake of Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings one day as I loved the game and it still holds my longest average playtime record for my Nintendo 3DS.