Square Enix Announces Japanese release date of FINAL FANTASY XII


SQUARE ENIX TO SHIP FINAL FANTASY® XII IN JAPAN MARCH 16, 2006

 


North
American Release Scheduled for 2006
 


 


TOKYO, Japan (August 1, 2005)
Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix)

the industry-leading developer and publisher of interactive
entertainment software including two of the world’s most popular franchises
FINAL FANTASY and DRAGON QUEST™ has

announced the Japanese release date of FINAL FANTASY XII for the PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system. The long-awaited role-playing game (RPG) will
ship to retailers in Japan on March 16, 2006. The North American version is
scheduled for release later in 2006.


 


Since its debut in 1987, the FINAL FANTASY series has sold
over 63 million units worldwide. With its cutting-edge visuals, unique worlds,
and intricate narrative, FINAL FANTASY has defined the role-playing genre, and
continues to be adored by fans across the globe. FINAL FANTASY XII, the latest
installment in the series, carries on this proud tradition.


Groundbreaking real-time
graphics that push the envelope of the PlayStation2 capabilities and advanced
pre-rendered movies bring the breathtaking world of FINAL FANTASY XII to life.
This world sets the stage for an intricately woven story filled with a
colorful cast of unique characters and creations.

 

 


About
FINAL FANTASY XII


With a deep and intricately
woven story at its center, FINAL FANTASY XII takes gamers to a meticulously
crafted world unlike any other. Everything has been realized with painstaking
attention to detail. The revolutionary gameplay, including the seamless
exploration and battle system, is sure to please fans of the series both old
and new.

 



- The
Story
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It was an age when magic was
commonplace and airships plied the skies, crowding out the heavens. Our tale
begins in Dalmasca, one small kingdom in the world of Ivalice. There, a young
orphan named Vaan dreams of escaping his life on the streets, piloting an
airship of his own, free to go where he will. Against the backdrop of the war
engulfing Dalmasca, Vaan meets Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to the
Dalmascan throne who had been given up for missing. They are joined by Vaan’s
friend Penelo, the sky pirate Balthier, and his partner Fran. And with them is
Basch, a captain in the Dalmascan army who turned traitor and slew his king.
Grand adventure and unforeseen encounters set the stage of Ivalice for the
telling of this epic tale.


 


About
Square Enix Co., Ltd

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan,
Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes
entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and
publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two
of Japan’s best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 63
million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST, which has sold over 40 million
units worldwide—under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential
providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push
the boundaries of creativity and innovation.