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    by Published on 11-07-2006 09:32 AM
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    Square-Enix dished out a whole lot of treats on Halloween here in North America, as Final Fantasy XII set a record for the most shipped units on a release date for any of its titles.

    The figure includes the regular and the Gamestop-exclusive Collector's Edition, and adds up to a whopping 1.5 million units.  That total represents approximately 60% of what's already been sold in Japan since its initial release back in March.  If you haven't bought FFXII yet, there's plenty of copies out there and you have no excuse, so get to it!

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    by Published on 09-27-2006 09:56 AM
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    "We don't want the PlayStation 3 to be the overwhelming loser, so we want to support them. But we don't want them to be the overwhelming winner either, so we can't support them too much."

    With these words to the Wall Street Journal, Square-Enix senior vice president Michihiro Sasaki has spelled out the company's desire to throw more than a couple of bones to Microsoft and Nintendo in this new console war, as well as continuing its relationship with Sony... to some degree, anyway.  The PlayStation 3, of course, can count Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII among its releases, but remember that the Wii will have the newest Crystal Chronicles title and that Final Fantasy XI can be played on the XBox 360.  It's pretty clear Sony will be receiving the strongest Final Fantasy games and, while that may not be news, the report revealed that Square-Enix is still undecided on which console will carry the Kingdom Hearts franchise in the next generation.

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    by Published on 09-22-2006 01:34 AM
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    It's not really a big surprise, but it probably is a disappointment for international gamers to hear that the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XII will not be released across Europe and PAL territories until after the Christmas season.

    Fear not, friends across the puddle and down under, for the newest rendition of the Square-Enix flagship series will be released sometime in early 2007.  Instead of getting the game itself for the holidays, just ask for a gift certificate!  FFXII, for North America, will be released on October 31.

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    by Published on 09-19-2006 07:15 PM
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    As if declaring October 11th Final Fantasy XII Day wasn't enough for gamers in New York, you should be excited to learn that you'll be able to get your hands on the highly anticipated game and play it if you attend DigitalLife.

    Touting itself as "the ultimate consumer technology, gaming and entertainment event of the year," DigitalLife will take place in New York City at the Javits Center from October 12th through the 15th.  Attendees will be among the first Americans to take the journey through Ivalice, a full two weeks before the game's official release on October 31st!

    If you want more information on DigitalLife, you can check out the official site here.

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    by Published on 09-07-2006 10:54 AM
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    The limited-run PLAY!  A Video Game Symphony has been, by all accounts, a very big success worldwide, and there is one last show where Nobuo Uematsu himself will be making an appearance.

    Toronto area fans are in for a treat if they want to get tickets to the final performance at the Hummingbird Centre on September 30.  It doesn't look like Uematsu will be conducting any pieces as he has in other locales, but shouldn't seeing the man in the flesh be enough?  If you enjoy Final Fantasy music, you may as well go!

    More info can be found at the Hummingbird Centre website, as well as a link to purchase the tickets online. 

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    by Published on 08-19-2006 10:17 AM
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    For those of you who are stricken by panic at reading the headline, relax!

    The Nintendo DS rendition of Square-Enix's Final Fantasy III, originally slated for a November 1 release, has simply been pushed back two weeks to the 15th to accomodate the release of Final Fantasy V for the Gameboy Advance on November 6.  It was strictly a business decison, so that FFV would not detract from the sales of the highly anticipated handheld release.

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    by Published on 08-08-2006 01:13 AM
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    In case you haven't noticed, the official Square-Enix site for Final Fantasy VII:  Dirge of Cerberus opened recently and the North American site for Final Fantasy XII will be up and running for the world to see tomorrow!

    Dirge of Cerberus does a pretty nice job of highlighting everyone's favorite Turk-turned-monster, with a few choice video clips featuring Vincent Valentine in all of his glory.  There's also a couple of wallpapers to adorn your desktop, as well as the inevitable Coming Soon section.  To see it all for yourself, click here.

    As for Final Fantasy XII, you would think it would be difficult to add to the anticipation of its arrival on our shores, but think again.  Today, there's simply a stunning preview video, but there'll be more when the countdown reaches zero on Tuesday.  If you want to check it out, click here.

    Dirge of Cerberus hits the shelves on August 15, and Final Fantasy XII will be released on October 31.

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    by Published on 07-21-2006 08:20 PM
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    Upon hearing of a new MMORPG from Square-Enix, many people speculated a sequel to the wildly successful Final Fantasy XI for the XBox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows Vista.  Not true, according to a statement released by the company to squash the rumors.

    The company is working on a new MMORPG, but stated it "did not make such an announcement and has not made any decisions" regarding the future of Final Fantasy online.  If you're disappointed, don't worry:  The release also said that Square-Enix is working on future expansion packs for Final Fantasy XI.

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    by Published on 07-04-2006 09:56 AM
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    The previously unreleased Final Fantasy III is quickly becoming one of the year's most highly anticipated games, and now that Square-Enix has revealed the boxart... well, that will do nothing to stem those high hopes.

    It looks exciting, to say the least, and certainly provides a greater window into the game than, say, Final Fantasy IV Advance may have.  To take a look at it for yourself, click here.  The game will be released in Japan on August 24, while those of us Stateside will have to wait until September 12.

    Also, thanks to Kawaii Ryûkishi for noting that it's brand new artwork from famous Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano.

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    by Published on 06-14-2006 08:51 PM
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    Those people who thought they could prosper through Real Money Trading (RMT) in Square-Enix's Final Fantasy XI got a rude awakening the other day, as 250 accounts found to be involved in producing gil for the purpose of selling it in the real world were terminated.

    All in all, about 250 Billion Gil was removed from the game.  The headline states that "acts of RMT will not be tolerated in Final Fantasy XI, and any violations of the user agreement will be dealt with severely."  Anyone who wants to take that risk will be slapped with a permanent suspension of their account.

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    by Published on 06-11-2006 12:00 AM
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    While the anticipated DS title is still quite far from being released in North America, Square-Enix has propped up the official Japanese site.  For now, it isn't very expansive, but you can check out character profiles as well as a couple of screenshots from the game.  Links indicate that videos and other goodies will also be available sooner or later.

    To check it out for yourself, click here.

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    by Published on 05-29-2006 07:52 PM
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    While this PSP game hasn't been given an official release date for either Japan or the U.S. yet, that doesn't mean you can't ogle it a little bit.  If you want to check out a few pictures of this part of the Final Fantasy VII Compilation, look here.  As a handheld game, it looks very promising.

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    by Published on 05-26-2006 06:29 AM
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    The Motor City is revving up with excitement as the next stop on the worldwide PLAY!  A Video Game Symphony tour, and a couple of famous guests will be in attendance when it touches down in Detroit.

    Yoko Shimomura, best known for her work in the Kingdom Hearts series, and Hitoshi Sakamoto, the main composer in Square-Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XII, are going to make appearances at the July 12 performance.  Shimomura's work will be featured in a suite during each performance around the world, while Detroit alone will be treated to an exclusive suite written by Sakatmoto.

    The one-time performance will be held at Max Fisher Hall and tickets can be purchased here.

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    by Published on 04-27-2006 09:22 PM
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    Yoshitaka Amano, most famous for his character artwork in the early Final Fantasy entries, has been busy working on a few projects in recent days, including... Final Fantasy XIII?

    According to French publication Japan Vibes, you'd better believe it.  He declined any further details beyond the passing mention, but it's worth nothing that Square-Enix had nothing to say concerning any kind of development to this point.  There had been previous rumblings that FFXIII would be unveiled at E3, which is right around the corner, although S-E's page detailing its official lineup has pretty much dismissed that notion.  Either way, it's comforting to know Amano is at the helm.

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    by Published on 04-23-2006 11:28 AM
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    Aniplex, the publisher for the Final Fantasy XII original soundtrack, announced a few new details concerning the compilation's imminent release.

    An astounding 100 songs will be avaiable in the four-disc set, most notably Angelina Aki's "Kiss Me Good-bye" and Tarou Hakase's "Kibou".  Obviously enough, the first limited edition will be shipped in a special box and features a 28-page booklet within.

    In related news, Aki will be performing her FFXII single at the Chicagoland PLAY! concert.  Composed by Nobuo Uematsu himself, Aki was offered her chance at the game's theme song following her successful debut CD, "One".  She created both the Japanese and English lyrics for "Kiss Me Good-bye" and the Midwest show will mark her U.S. debut.  As mentioned in previous updates, Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda will be directing as well, so it appears the world premeire of PLAY! is becoming a much hotter ticket with this addition.  More information can be found here.

    The FFXII soundtrack will be released in Japan on May 31, and the Chicagoland ...

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