Square Enix has confirmed new details about Final Fantasy XII's stars, the young male Vaan, and the young female Ashe. Vaan, a resistance fighter, is a thief from the Dalmaska Kingdom who dreams of soaring the skies as a sky pirate. Meanwhile Ashe, the heir to the kingdom of Dalmaska's throne, is the only daughter of the king. Her kingdom has been invaded by the Valentia Empire, and she joined a liberation army in order to pursue the enemy leader and defeat the conquerers. A run-in between the two will develop into a relationship critical to a global conflict.
Furthermore, the Arcadia Empire and the Rozaria Imperium from the rear continent Ordalia have waged war in the Valentia continent for many years. Eventually, Arcadia went on to attack Ashe's Dalmaska Kingdom, located between the Valentia and Ordalia continents.
The company has also revealed more information concerning the game's setting; Yasumi Matsuno, the director of Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and development head of Final Fantasy XII, has much influenced the game's plot. It is apparent that the story takes place in a world called Ivalice, similar to the country found in Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance fame, and recent screenshots display such races from the Game Boy Advance strategy-RPG as Bangaa and Viera.
Stay tuned to RPGamer for further details as they're released; more complete information is expected shortly. Final Fantasy XII is slated for Japanese release sometime next year.