Whetting the appetites of avid RPG gamers across the globe, new details regarding the gameplay of Final Fantasy XII have emerged. The details are minor, but in light of the E3 demos shown over the past week, several things have become clear.
We now know players will be able to control three characters in battle, and that there will be no transition from a field environment to a battle arena, eliminating random encounters. Impressions so far indicate Final Fantasy XII lies somewhere between Final Fantasy XI and the overlooked Vagrant Story with regards to game design, combat and presentation.
In related news, Square Enix has revealed Final Fantasy I & II for GBA will receive a Japanese launch on July 15. There's no word on a western release as yet, but given the two games have already been given an English language makeover on PSOne, a UK release shouldn't be too far off.
And finally, Beta testing of Final Fantasy XI in the UK is to begin shortly. At present, Square Enix is filtering through thousands of applications for the Beta programme, and testing is expected to begin sometime this summer.