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Details on Square-Enix Party

So now that the Square-Enix Party is over with, what was it that they announced? A lot of rumors surrounding Sony and Square-Enix can actually be laid to rest with the wrap-up of this party, as Square-Enix's announcements seem to have been largely focused around the PlayStation brand. On Saturday we mentioned just a some of the tidbits to come from the party, but here's the official breakdown:

Final Fantasy XIII was shown off behind closed doors during the event, and while details on the game still remain scarce, it looks like Square-Enix will not be releasing the game on any console besides the PlayStation 3. All we know about FFXIII is that it's been in development way before FFXII was even completed.

Final Fantasy versus XIII was also shown off, and it too will remain a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Again, the game was demonstrated behind closed doors, but the video shown featured almost nothing new. Allegedly, neither FFXIII game featured any new content. But, what we do know about 'versus XII is that it will be an Action-RPG, and not a full-fledged RPG game like FFXIII. We're excited.

We've all known about both Final Fantasy I and II Anniversary Editions for the PSP, as FFI is already out and FFII is soon to follow. The North American release of FFI and FFII will come June 26th and July 24th, respectively.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lion War has been out in Japan for a little while now. But, as we mentioned in another update, the game has been officially announced for a North American release. The remake of the PlayStation original features additional content, such as storyline, jobs, characters, full motion video, and even a two-player mode.

It's almost become a tradition for Square-Enix to publish an updated version of a Final Fantasy game in the form of an "international" release. So here comes Final Fantasy XII International: Zodiac Job System (yes, that is the actual name of the game), largely the same game, but with a new job related feature implemented. The Zodiac Job System represents the 12 new squares added to each of the characters' license-board. These new Squares will allow the altering of a 'job' affiliation for each character...very cool. It'll also feature English voice acting and a 16:9 mode.

Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core continues to be one of the most anticipated piece of software Square-Enix is working on. It's revelations have been so scarce that the slightest murmur of the name tends to awake every Final Fantasy VII fan from his/her sleep. Well, as we've already reported, Square-Enix is pinning the release of the game for September 2007 in Japan. This beautiful Action-RPG is a prequel that delves into the lives of Zack, Cloud, Sephiroth, and Aeris and their affiliations.

Final Fantasy: Before Crisis has also been announced for the PSP. The game was originally released on mobile phones, though to little success. From what we've seen of the mobile game, it should translate well onto a proper handheld system like the PSP. We hope to see some visual touch-ups for the PSP version, but surprisingly the mobile game wasn't very ugly.

Final Fantasy Dissidia is a fighting game that'll compose of Final Fantasy characters spanning across the 20 years of the franchise's existence. It's in development for the the PSP and no scheduled release date has been given, yet.

5/14/2007 Arnold Katayev

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