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Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age's new features situation is normal for Square Enix

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age's new features situation is normal for Square Enix

Written by Brayden — 11 May 2019

Following the announcement that Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age would include new features in its Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions some fans understandably were annoyed or upset and asked Square Enix to add these features to the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game.

As it stands, Square Enix has not responded to these requests.

When the PC version of Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age was released it also included new features that were not and are not included in the PS4 version of the game. In a livestream to promote the PC version of the game they answered a fan's question of if they will be added to the PS4 version

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age director Takashi Katano answered "We have thought about what kind of gameplay we will provide to each platform, and how to enjoy each in it's own. So as they are different platforms, we do not plan to bring mechanics in the PC version to the PlayStation 4 version."

Vaan's Japanese voice actor added "In layman's terms, it means that you've created the best environment for each hardware."

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age producer Hiroaki Kato also added "Your play style will change depending on the hardware, so we thought about what would be the best way to play on each hardware."

While it may sound a little odd it's very likely the same stands now for these new features. And it's likely this is the closest we're ever going to get to a response.

It's far from the first time Square Enix has done this and it will not be the last.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is the closest comparison including a bunch of new features in the PC version, none were added to the PS4 version and only some were included in the Xbox One and Switch versions. You can read more about this here.

In an even more strange situation we have Final Fantasy VII. The PC version was re-released in the west in 2012 and was followed by another re-release exclusively in Japan in 2013. The Japanese PC version includes high speed mode, no random encounters and HP/MP/ATB always full boosters. Despite the western PC version being released on Steam after this and even later getting updated to fix its music these 3 features have never been added to the western/Steam PC versions. Meaning the Japanese PC version is to this the day the only PC version with the 3 boosters.

This extended to its later ports. The PS4 version included those 3 boosters but did not include the character booster that was actually included in the western PC version from the start. While the iOS and Android versions included 3 of the 4 boosters, the one it misses is high speed mode. But it also added an auto-save feature. This auto-save feature has never been added to the PS4 or PC versions.

While in another odd case is Final Fantasy III. The Nintendo DS remake was remastered for iPhone and iPad in 2011, was later ported to Android in 2012 before then being released on the PlayStation Portable with 3 new features: A music player, an auto-battle feature and the option to switch the music to the original Famicom 8-bit soundtrack. The PC version was released about a year and a half later and was based off the Android version but did not add any of the 3 new features although it did add the opening cinematic. To this very day, the various mobile versions and the PC version of Final Fantasy III do not include any of these 3 features.

Speaking of, to this very day the PC versions of Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI are not available in Japan or Asia. Not in any way. How silly.

There's other cases of this where it's outside of the actual game type features such as versions not supporting cloud saving or controllers. Or versions of the game not supporting languages that are supported on other versions. I could even talk about their habit of keeping bugs and other issues in versions of their games and never fixing them such as the infamous Final Fantasy VIII. But this is getting away from this article's point and would take awhile to list.

We could even start to talk about this in regards to other Square Enix franchises and titles but I won't bother.

In the end, sadly Square Enix continues to this very day to add features to new versions of their games and not update previous versions despite them still being very modern and recent and relevant. And they are never certain to include these new features in versions they release in the future. And despite many requests and messages asking them to do so they rarely ever do. What they did with Chrono Trigger is something of a literal Square Enix miracle.