FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FINAL FANTASY X TO ARRIVE IN U.S. IN
The Highly Anticipated Title Is The First
FINAL FANTASY For The PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 11, 2001 – Square
Electronic ArtsSM L.L.C. (Square Electronic Arts), the exclusive publisher of
all SQUARESOFT® products in North America, announced today that FINAL FANTASY® X
for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system will hit U.S. retail store
shelves in January 2002. FINAL FANTASY X was released in Japan on July 19 and
sold through 90% of the 2.14 million units it shipped in the first four days. It
is the first PlayStation 2 title to reach the 2 million-unit mark.
FINAL FANTASY X is the first title in the
popular role-playing game
(RPG) series to be released for the
PlayStation 2. With the caliber of artistic, creative and developmental talents
involved in the project, FINAL FANTASY X will set new standards for games
released for the PlayStation 2, reminiscent of the technological feats FINAL
FANTASY VII accomplished on the original PlayStation in 1997.
The main character, Tidus, is a star player
of blitzball, a full contact sport. After miraculously surviving the destruction
of his homeland, he awakens among ruins and thereafter meets a young woman named
Yuna. As a summoner, Yuna must travel to distant temples and learn the secret
art of summoning aeons—powerful spirits of yore, in order to defeat "Sin." Tidus
learns that a thousand years in the past, mankind lived in spectacular cities
and relied on machines for everything, until Sin suddenly appeared and destroyed
all civilization. Now, people shun technology, and no one knows when "Sin" will
strike again. FINAL FANTASY X features a distinct Asian influence, bringing a
fresh feel to the characters, music, settings and story.
FINAL FANTASY X will also be the first in the
series to feature voiceovers for the characters. James Arnold Taylor ("A Moment
of Silence") and Hedy Burress ("Valentine") will voice the main characters in
the U.S. release of FINAL FANTASY X. James Arnold Taylor voices the main
character, Tidus. The voice of "Walla" in the 1999 TV series "Futurama," James
Arnold Taylor appeared in the feature film "A Moment of Silence," and most
recently lent his voice talent to the TV series "Team Atlantis." Hedy Burress
provides the voice for the female lead, Yuna. Best known for her performance in
the 1996 HBO original movie "If These Walls Could Talk," Hedy Burress’ credits
also include a role in the upcoming TV series "First Monday," "Boston Common"
and recurring guest appearances on "Gideon’s Crossing."
In addition to the game’s voiceover dialogue
and fluid gameplay-to-full-motion-video transitions, FINAL FANTASY X offers
fully 3D environments that seamlessly integrate real-time movement with battles,
allowing players to walk around and engage in battles on the same field map
screen. Life-like, high-polygon, motion-captured characters designed by Tetsuya
Nomura (FINAL FANTASY VII, VIII, Parasite Eve™, Parasite Eve 2™) bring realism
to the screen. As seen in previous FINAL FANTASY titles, players will be able to
enjoy new mini-games, such as mastering the sport of blitzball and the Al Bhed
language. FINAL FANTASY X carries a newly designed battle system with a unique
character development system using the "sphere grid." The game will be released
on DVD format with Dolby® Digital 5.1 sound.
At this year’s E3 Expo held in May, FINAL
FANTASY X was nominated for several awards, including Best RPG from the Game
Critics Awards, Best of Show/Console 10 from Game Informer, E3 Top 5 from
PlayStation Magazine (PSM), Best Graphics/PlayStation 2 and Best RPG/PlayStation
2 from IGN.com.
The September 2001 issue of Electronic Gaming
Monthly (EGM) describes the game as "…a game that amazes on multiple levels…the
graphics immediately catch your eye…environments are expansive, elaborately
decorated scads of characters and bystanders populate the screen, and textures
are rich in detail and color. So now more than ever, a FF game is like watching
a movie, in full DVD quality, on your TV screen." FINAL FANTASY X has been on
Official PlayStation Magazine’s (OPM) "Most Wanted PlayStation 2 Games" list
Fans of the series can look forward to FINAL
FANTASY X related merchandise. Koto, Inc., through its brand ArtFx will be
supporting FINAL FANTASY X with fully articulated, amazing action figures (Tidus,
Bahamut and other characters), fully painted and assembled vinyl and PVC statues
(Yuna, Lulu and other characters), lunch boxes, plush dolls, posters, t-shirts
and wall scrolls. Merchandise will start rolling out this January with the
posters and t-shirts. In addition, TOKYOPOP® Soundtrax will be releasing the
FINAL FANTASY X – Official Soundtrack simultaneously with the videogame.
Available where music and games are sold, it is the latest in a line of FINAL
FANTASY soundtracks offered by TOKYOPOP including Uematsu’s Best Selection ~
Music from the FFIX Video Game and the FINAL FANTASY IV Official Soundtrack.
Featuring compositions by master soundsmith Nobuo Uematsu at his best, the FINAL
FANTASY X – Official Soundtrack utilizes the most advanced sound system ever for
a FINAL FANTASY videogame soundtrack.
To date, the FINAL FANTASY series has sold
over 35 million units worldwide, making the franchise one of the best-selling
series in the history of videogames.
About Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. and
Square Co., Ltd.
Square Co., Ltd. is the leading third-party
developer and publisher of home video game console software in Japan with annual
sales of more than U.S. $614 million consolidated base (based on average annual
exchange rate of 123 Japanese Yen per U.S. Dollar during fiscal year 2001) and
1,200 employees worldwide. Square Co., Ltd. became famous for its role-playing
games, including its world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series, which has sold more
than 35 million units to date, and now publishes other titles under the
SQUARESOFT brand spanning all genres. Square Co., Ltd. is based in Tokyo, Japan,
and maintains a branch office in Osaka. More information about Square Co., Ltd.
can be found on the Internet at
Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. is the
exclusive publisher of all SQUARESOFT products in North America. Square Co.,
Ltd. publishes its SQUARESOFT titles in North America through Square Electronic
Arts L.L.C., located in Los Angeles, Calif. Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. is a
Limited Liability Company established on May 1, 1998 by Square Soft, Inc. and
Electronic Arts to manage the marketing and distribution of SQUARESOFT products
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