Final Fantasy Tactics
(ファイナルファンタジータクティクス, Fainaru Fantajī Takutikusu
) is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Sony PlayStation video game console. The game is set in the kingdom of Ivalice during a period of war. The story follows Ramza Beoulve, a young cadet who finds himself thrust into the middle of the conflict. The game combines thematic elements of the Final Fantasy
video game series with a game engine and battle system unlike anything previously seen in the franchise. In stark contrast to other 32-bit era Final Fantasy
titles, Final Fantasy Tactics
uses a 3D, isometric, rotatable playing field, with bitmap sprite characters.
A spinoff was created in 2003, called Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, and in 2006, a stand-alone title called Final Fantasy XII
was released for the Sony PlayStation 2. All three games take place in a fictional land of Ivalice. An enhanced remake of Final Fantasy Tactics
, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
, was announced as part of Square Enix's new Ivalice Alliance
The story takes place in the fictional kingdom of Ivalice
, a country where castles and forts are the stronghold of nobles, the church is a powerful religio-political entity, and warring factions remain in the struggle for dominance over the land. Ivalice had just ended its Fifty Year's War with neighboring country Ordalia, and is facing economic problems and political strife. Adding to its problems is the recent death of the king, whose heir is only an infant. A regent is needed to rule in place of the prince, and the kingdom is split between the Black Lion and the White Lion; two noble factions that seek to rule Ivalice. The conflict leads to what is known in the game as the Lion War.
Behind this backdrop is a revelation done by the game's fictional historian Alazlam J. Durai, who seeks to reveal the story of an unknown character whose role in the Lion War was major but was covered up by the kingdom's church. The setting is based around this character, named by default as Ramza, and revolves around his early life and the future conflicts he faced while the events that changed the kingdom unfolds.