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'Final Fantasy X-2' Ships Early On November 18th

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2003 @ 11:14 a.m. PST

Square Enix U.S.A., Inc. announced today that 'Final Fantasy X-2' for the PlayStation2 will ship to North American retailers on November 18, 2003, weeks earlier than the originally scheduled December release date. 'Final Fantasy X-2', the first female-led FINAL FANTASY game in the franchise’s history, is the sequel to FINAL FANTASY X, one of the best-selling PlayStation 2 titles. Released in December 2001 in North America, 'Final Fantasy X' has sold over 6.4 million units worldwide to date.

We are thrilled to release FINAL FANTASY X-2 just in time for the holidays. FINAL FANTASY X-2 will take gamers on exciting new adventures, building upon the intense, emotional storyline they experienced in FINAL FANTASY X,” said Jun Iwasaki, chief executive officer and president of Square Enix U.S.A. “This game is not just another sequel. Not only will the fans of the original get to enjoy the continuation of the story, but FINAL FANTASY X-2 offers a completely new gameplay experience that will appeal to anyone who’s looking for a fun-filled adventure.”

FINAL FANTASY X-2 will be available at a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD). The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated FINAL FANTASY X-2 “T” for Teen.

FINAL FANTASY X-2 has received outstanding reviews for its graphics, presentation, story, and characters and has earned the following review scores to date from enthusiast magazines:

  • “5 out of 5” --- Official PlayStation Magazine, December 2003 issue
  • “Graphics 5, Sound 4.5, Controls 4, Fun Factor 4.5, all out of 5” --- GamePro, December 2003 issue
  • “A” --- GameNOW, December 2003 issue

About FINAL FANTASY X-2

FINAL FANTASY X-2 is the first sequel in the long respected series. While keeping the series’ traditions, the sequel stays fresh with several new elements. Among them, the reintroduction of the ATB (active time battle) system accelerates the pace and excitement of battles. FINAL FANTASY X-2 is also the first mission-based FINAL FANTASY, allowing for non-linear gameplay and features new and unique job classes, which provide diverse looks for the leading female characters and an enhanced character development system. The first female-led FINAL FANTASY hails the return of a free-spirited Yuna, her enthusiastic cousin Rikku and introduces Paine, their sarcastic, hardnosed friend. The game is filled with light-hearted and melancholy moments, fueled by a tragic story of unrequited love and ominous secrets that threaten the peace of their world, Spira.

Taking place two years after Yuna’s fateful journey to defeat Sin in FINAL FANTASY X, the once chaotic world of Spira has gone through a massive transformation, entering a period of “Eternal Calm.” Despite the Calm, Yuna’s heart is empty and longs for her lost love. When she obtains a mystical sphere that contains imagery of what might be the Blitzball player she thought was gone forever, Yuna is driven to seek the truth behind what she has seen.

Throughout the land of Spira, players will find “spheres” which contain visual recordings of historical events. The trio of “sphere hunters” — Yuna, Rikku and Paine — is out to search and collect the spheres. “Dress spheres” are also collected, opening up different types of jobs ranging from Warrior, White Mage, Alchemist to Trainer and many more, all of which can be changed in the heat of battle. In addition, dynamic movements have been incorporated into gameplay resulting in a deeper immersion of the game.

Additional information on FINAL FANTASY X-2 can be found at http://www.square-enix-usa.com/games/FFX-2.

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