Square EA has officially announced that Final Fantasy X will hit the shelves on December.
Square EA, exclusive publisher for all Squaresoft products in North America, has finally announced that the game will hit the shelves on December 26, 2001 - about ten days before the official release date.
Anyhow, only 500,000 copies will be available in the shops during the month of December. Considering the game sold more than two million copies in the first four days following the Japanese release, Squaresoft is expecting an enormous success for this American release.
"We are very excited to rollout FINAL FANTASY X before the end of the year. All efforts were put into bringing the title out earlier than expected. We hope this long-awaited title will be played by many gamers over the holiday season," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "As with FINAL FANTASY VII for the original PlayStation, as the first FINAL FANTASY game released for the PlayStation 2, we hope that this title will set new standards in the role-playing game genre."
In FINAL FANTASY X, 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. 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."
Further information on the game is now available at www.playonline.com, where visitors can learn more about the story, characters, world, game features and listen to samples of the characters' voices. A special "Behind the Game" section including interviews with the development team and voice actors will launch late next month.
On December 15th, Square Electronic Arts will hold a one-day only event offering consumers an opportunity to demo FINAL FANTASY X before its release. This "Consumer Demo Day" will be held inside the world's only PlayStation store, located at 4th & Mission streets in San Francisco. In addition to playing the highly anticipated game, consumers will have a chance to win prize packages and receive a free FINAL FANTASY related promotional item, while supplies last. (from Square EA official press release)
Stay tuned on Ps2Fantasy.com for more information on Final Fantasy X throughout the month of December!