writes "According to 1UP's in-person report from the Tokyo unveiling, Square Enix has officially taken the wraps off of the latest Final Fantasy game - Final Fantasy XII. There are new images available of our main characters: Vaan (1), Vaan (2), Ashe (1), Ashe (2) - who are both described as Humes (taking a page from the race system of Final Fantasy XI: Online)."
1UP's coverage of the event also reveals "there won't be any branching-path system in place"
, possibly making the game more freeform, which could be "a large (and welcome) step away from the very linear scenario design of past Final Fantasies."
The creators also indicated the game is 70 percent done, and is currently "due to be released in Japan in summer 2004."