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Final Fantasy XII Take Two: Revenant Wings Details
11.01.2006

EDWIN S. LEE
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Revenant Wings

The day before the U.S. release of Final Fantasy XII, an interview with director and scenario writer Motomu Toriyama and co-producer Eisuke Yokoyama revealed new details for its DS sequel: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. Dengeki DS Style, a new Japanese gaming magazine focusing on the DS and Wii performed the interview and received new hints on both the game's storyline and combat system.

Like Final Fantasy X and its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings takes place right after its PlayStation 2 predecessor. Toriyama said that a specific time period has not been set. Revenant Wings is set on the floating continent of Puruvama and on the ground below, where Vaan, the protoganist from Final Fantasy XII, is in search of treasure.

In regards to Ivalice, the world of Final Fantasy XII, Yokoyama said: "It would be impossible to put in all of Ivalice, but you'll be able to go to the main locations." While exploring Ivalice a second time is cut short, players that finished Final Fantasy XII will be able to see what the characters from the PlayStation 2 game are up to. When asked about the characters that will join this installment, Yokoyama confirmed that Fran and Balthier will join as party members and expect there to be more.

Other returning features from Final Fantasy XII include the Gambit combat system. However, Yokoyama added that the battle system is relatively new. In order to prevent returning players from getting confused, there will be shared elements from the original. The combat system will also be simplified to accomodate newer players. Toriyama hinted at Wi-Fi compatibility for Revenant Wing's combat system, but added it will not be supported unless lag can be eliminated.

Due to the DS being a portable system, the story will consist of episodes so it can be played in short periods. Toriyama observed that players will be able to progress through the story speedily. Additionally, Revenant Wings will take advantage of the system's dual screens and allow for full stylus control.



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