Distant Worlds Composer Redacts Final Fantasy XII “Remake” Statement

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This past weekend, Final Fantasy-themed orchestra Distant Worlds had a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

We first reported on composer Arnie Roth letting slip that a Final Fantasy XII “remake” was happening. He motioned to the game’s composer, Hitoshi Sakimoto, who confirmed the remake – leading to much speculation by fans.

Now, Roth has clarified his “remake” statement over on the Distant Worlds Facebook page:

Dear friends,

In response to comments posted by fans, I want to rectify a statement made from the stage Saturday night at our Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert in Pittsburgh.

Following conversations with composer Hitoshi Sakimoto regarding new concert arrangements of music from FINAL FANTASY XII, regrettably, the term ‘remake’ was used in error during one of the announcements that took place from the stage during the concert.

We sincerely regret any confusion this has caused.

Arnie Roth
Producer and Music Director
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

The most interesting thing here is that Roth did not completely redact the fact that some sort of re-release is happening – only that a “remake” is not happening.

For now, we’ll shelf this rumor.

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  1. Azure
    August 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Redacted remake but NOT remaster. So a HD rerelease will most likely happen, seeing that X/X-2 did really well.

  2. Neojames82
    August 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I have a feeling it is still going to happen….I just think that SE probably did not want it to come out like this.

  3. mega jew
    mega jew
    August 3, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Damage control. The remaster is still coming.

  4. Malcolm_Ecks
    August 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Me too. FF12 sold really well. I can see and HD remaster with a PC port coming easily considering the way FF games just show up on Steam every now and again.

  5. Lex
    August 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    You can’t put that genie back in the bottle. And why wouldn’t you remaster XII? X got a remaster and it’s the definition of mediocrity.

  6. blackice85
    August 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Yep, I know it’ll happen. I just wasn’t expecting it on PS3 back when they had announced X/X-2 HD. They might even save it for near the end of the PS4’s life.

  7. DwightParkman
    August 3, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    problem is, most people hate ff12 and most people liked ff10, but why they hate ff12… i will never understand. i guess people hate good entertainment.

  8. bgrunge
    August 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    It was tremendously boring- so much so that I consider it unplayable without the fast-forward button introduced in the international edition. Slow running through bland desert environments with auto combat, basically.

    Also, it’s characters were blandly designed, poorly developed, and lacked personality (with the possible exception of Balthier, who is still kind of a generic swashbuckling good guy pirate character). AND, the plot was not that great, with dialogue being pretty sparse.

    When people describe it as a “single player MMORPG”, they just dont mean in terms of the combat, open world, and questing, they also mean in terms of how disconnected the player feels from the plot and world events. You spend far more time doing busy work quests and hunts than you do advancing the plot, and that is not a good thing.

  9. Francesco Azzena
    Francesco Azzena
    August 3, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    For me it wasn’t boring at all.. The world of Ivalice is a defined world.. If the Dalmasca region is like that it isn’t boring, it is only like it is.. The characters were characterized for what they are, normal people, not super heroes, not someone who will save the world or something like that.
    The story was a story of political intrigue so if you don’t like it it’s your preference but it isn’t a bad story..
    You do quest, hunts and something like that but you say it isn’t funny.. That’s your preference, not the truth.. I personally don’t like linear hero stories full of cheap angst and talks of world’s ending and crap like that.. That I leave it for the teenagers..

  10. bgrunge
    August 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Francesco, I LOVE dark stories of political intrigue- done well. FF12 is like the Sesame Street version of those type of stories, largely because the original writer/designer was pulled and the tone of the game changed sharply afterwards. I’d refer you to Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story for games where it was done right. Compared to those, I’m gonna say yeah, it’s kind of a bad story. Not the worst I’ve seen, mind you, but there’s a lot that’s weak about it.

    And that’s when you actually see it- the pauses between points where you advance the plot are vast, and they are not filled with inter-character dialogue. You mock “linear hero stories with cheap angst”, but at least in those games the characters talked to each other often so that you could get an idea of who they are. Stuff like Barrett bitching about running up 100 flights of stairs is not just amusing, it’s essential; it makes Barrett feel like a real, individual person.

    Meanwhile, Vaan, Penelo, Ashe, Fran, and Basch feel like cardboard cutouts of people- they have a certain shape to them, but no depth is really explored. They’re generic, in the worst way. I mean, I dislike Tidus as a character, but I dislike him because he is defined enough for me to dislike him; that’s something that doesn’t happen with Vaan. I never even get the chance to dislike Vaan, because I never get a strong feeling about who he is. He’s like Tofu, the only flavor he has is his environment.

    P.S. The world of Ivalice WAS cool- in FFT and Vagrant Story. Then they fucked it up with the GBA games and FF12. I liked it better when Ivalice meant betrayal, assassination, genocide, false gods, etc, and not fun adventures of happy go lucky 16 year olds. FFT felt like a season of Game of Thrones- FF12 felt like a season of a shonen adventure anime.

  11. Thanatos2k
    August 3, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Uh huh. Just a total mistake. The company’s PR department didn’t order you to say this at all.

    I don’t even want an FF12 remake. I couldn’t care less about the story in that game.


  12. Francesco Azzena
    Francesco Azzena
    August 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

    i saw game of thrones and sword art online and liked both lol.. but i also like betrayal at krondor and i love tactics ogre that is the best political intrigue game in my opinion.. sometimes i want characters that are “normal” and stories that are interspersed with cheap minigames like buckethead one and im captain basche von rosenburg don’t believe ondore’s lies or simply i like to complete every hunt and license.. maybe because i like dungeon crawlers the most and rogue likes/lites that are the most repetitive type of rpg genre and or maybe because i like hack n slash games like diablo.. i don’t know.. to let you understand better why i dont share your opinion on ff xii i will tell you that i like games like baroque that is very repetitive but its repetitiveness is its good point and sorry for my english but i’m italian and it isn’t my native language and right now i have a 37,5° celsius fever.. lol

  13. Etherblaze
    August 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm


    And let it come out for PC as well. My PS2 died and I was in the middle of replaying this amazing game.

  14. DwightParkman
    August 6, 2015 at 10:57 am

    thats why eh, honestly i enjoy busy work more then anything when it comes to rpgs, story isnt really as important to me when it comes to games. its a game first. not a book.

    Good storys are an added bonus when i play a game. i enjoy the strategy and character builds