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Final Fantasy XIII Dated

Hardware bundle on the way; overseas version not too far off.


Years of waiting and weeks of rumors came to an end today as Square Enix at long last announced a final release date for Final Fantasy XIII.

The RPG epic, first shown at 2006's Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, will hit the PlayStation 3 domestically on December 17.

Square Enix has set a price of ¥9,240 for the game, putting it a bit higher than Final Fantasy XII's ¥8,800. This is just the standard MSRP, though. Most shops tend to charge 5 to 10 percent less.

The game will carry a "B" CERO rating, meaning it targets ages 12 and up. FFXII and FFX's International re-releases had the same rating (their original versions were released under a different rating system).

Wada shares the game's release date. He jokingly acknowledged that the information had leaked out in advance.

The release information was announced today at Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII Premier Party event in Tokyo's Odaiba area. Outside of the date, announced by CEO Yoichi Wada, Square Enix also shared details on the usual set of promotional tie-ins, including a beverage with Suntory and a theme song with singer Sayuri Sugawara.

Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai was also in attendance at the event. Before leading attendees in a toast, he spoke briefly, recapping the history of the Final Fantasy franchise on PlayStation. He also made mention of plans for a PlayStation 3 slim hardware bundle for FFXIII.

From left to right, Hirai, Kitasei, and director Motomu Toriyama address the crowd.

Press materials released by Square Enix said that details on bundle would be announced later.

FFXIII producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama spoke briefly as well. Noting the large number of international press in attendance, he said that Square Enix hopes to get the game out faster than the half year or year it took for previous titles, and is aiming for a Spring release.


Latest screenshots of Final Fantasy XIII, distributed today by Square Enix.

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