More information on Final Fantasy XII has come to light thanks to some recent propaganda for the game featured in Japanese magazine Famitsu.
The most recent issue introduces a type of item known as "Maseki." The Maseki is a powerful substance which functions as the source of all magical energy in the world of Ivalice, allowing for many uses in the daily lives of the inhabitants of the world. This source of power comes in many different types, and appears to play a role in the story of Final Fantasy XII; it is mentioned that a treasure which the game's hero, Vaan, seeks to steal from an unnamed castle is a rare type of Maseki.
Final Fantasy XII will be released in Japan on March 16th, 2006. Though it's confirmed for a North American release, no specific date has been named yet. Gamers will be able to get an early taste of Final Fantasy XII on November 22nd, 2005, when a playable demo of the game ships with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.