Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age cover
Developers
Virtuos
Square Enix
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
PhyreEngine
Release dates
Windows February 1, 2018
Reception
Metacritic 83
OpenCritic 85
IGDB 88
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG, RPG
Themes Fantasy, Piracy
Series Final Fantasy
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Key points

Based on the International Zodiac Job System version of Final Fantasy XII, which overhauled the original game's character-development system and added numerous quality-of-life improvements.
Features support for 60 FPS gameplay, 21:9 aspect ratios, and multiple-monitor setups.
Exclusive to the PC version are boosters (developer-programmed built-in cheats) which maximize LP and gil, as well as the ability to play both New Game Plus and Minus without having to first finish the regular game.
Received game patch to v1.0.4.0 on 24 April 2020 via Steam which adds new gameplay features from more recent ports of the game and removed Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[1]
Enabling Full Resolution Ambient Occlusion may have a significant performance drop on many GPUs.[2][3]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Publisher website
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Collector's Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when Steam is not installed or when steam_appid.txt is in directory containing any number. Steam AppID for this game is 595520.[4]
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The Day One Edition, available only during February 1–8, 2018, also includes three audio tracks, an exclusive wallpaper, and a 20% discount.
The Collector's Edition is a version that comes with a download code for the game, a steelbook containing the game's soundtrack, a set of five Judge-themed busts, and six art cards.
Complete version feature differences between PC and other platforms as well as Steam patch history are available on the Final Fantasy Wiki page.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\MS-Store FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/595520/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\MS-Store FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/595520/pfx/[Note 1]
199 save slots available.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 and 16:10 aspect ratios are letterboxed.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default FOV is 45° (vertical). Adjustable via the following mod.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to x16 MSAA plus FXAA or SMAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Choice of double or triple buffering.
60 FPS
In-game 30 FPS or 60 FPS limiter.
120+ FPS
Partially working unlocker available FFXIITZA-FPS-Unlocker. However the gamespeed is still tied to frame rates when above 60. The unlocker does not yet resolve this on any steam version. Does not work at all on the current version 1.04 (April 2020 Update). Extremely broken on v1.03 and quite buggy on prior versions.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input[edit]

Keyboard settings. Some commands can be bound to up to three different keys, while others can only be bound to one.
Keyboard settings. Some commands can be bound to up to three different keys, while others can only be bound to one.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Full keyboard remapping.
Mouse acceleration
Follows windows settings.
Mouse sensitivity
Six settings for both X/Y axis.
Mouse input in menus
No cursor in menus, However can use mousewheel up/down, WASD and Left/Right clicks by default to navigate. Arrows only control panning in license board.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Optional config tool must be used with mouse.
Controller remapping
Can swap config/back buttons between A/B or X/O. Defaults to B or O for confirm and A or X for cancel.
Controller sensitivity
Mouse sensitivity settings affect controller sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired/Wireless
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts
Changes dynamically as soon as input is detected.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
No vibration on DualShock 4.[citation needed]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects and voice sliders.
Surround sound
4.0/6.0 - No center channel/LFE handled by soundcard. Otherwise good 3D positional surround sound. FMVs are proper 5.1.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
The game automatically pauses when losing focus (excl. movie cutscenes). In this case, the audio is also muted. The auto-pause feature can be removed via the following mod. Mute on lost can also be forced via Special K.
Music can be toggled between the PS2 original in-game BGM, PS2 original soundtrack, and new re-orchestrated BGM.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Fan translation, download.
Spanish

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Game runs at double speed[edit]

Disable VSync[5]

This issue may be caused by having a high refresh rate monitor. Disable Vsync in game. If the game crashes when disabling Vsync, go to Documents\My Games\FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE\<number>\GameSetting.ini and change VSync=On to VSync=Off

Press F1

The game has an option to run at different speeds by pressing the F1-F3 keys. Press F1 to return to default speed.

Set monitor to 60hz and/or disable G-Sync/Freesync

Performing these fixes has helped many users resolve this issue.

Crash on launch with "A fatal error has occured" (Windows 10)[edit]

There are many potential issues causing this error, however this fixes one of them.
Disable high entropy bottom-up ASLR
  1. Open Windows Defender and navigate to: App & Browser Control > Exploit Protection Settings > Program Settings
  2. Click the + button and select "Add by program name". Enter FFXII_TZA.exe
  3. Scroll down to "randomize memory allocations (bottom-up ASLR)" and enable the "override system settings" option. Keep it switched on but make sure that the "Don't use high entropy" option is enabled.
  4. Now the game should launch without this error.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 [6][7]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

FFXIITZA-FPS-Unlocker[edit]

Unlocks framerate beyond 60 fps.
Custom in-game speed multiplier.
FOV customization
Gamma customization

Note: No support for the latest Steam version 1.0.4.0 as of 24 April 2020.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 x64 or later
Processor (CPU) Dual-core Intel Pentium G3260 3.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 [8][9] compatible
A 64-bit Windows OS and compatible hardware/drivers are required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/595520/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (595520) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References