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Square Enix U.S.A. Announces Final Fantasy X-2

Square Enix U.S.A. Inc. has announced that FINAL FANTASY X-2 will ship in early December 2003. The company also announced that FINAL FANTASY X has been added to Sony Computer Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" series.

"We are very pleased with success that FINAL FANTASY X has achieved, both in sales and industry recognition, and excited to continue the journey in FINAL FANTASY X-2," said Jun Iwasaki, ceo and president of Square Enix USA. "While FINAL FANTASY X-2 is a sequel, it is in many ways a new game and the first in the series led by an all-female cast."

FINAL FANTASY X-2 is the first direct sequel in the long running series. It is also the first mission-based FINAL FANTASY, allowing for non-linear gameplay and features new and unique job classes, which provide diverse looks for the characters and an enhanced character development system. The game brings back the free-spirited Yuna, her enthusiastic cousin Rikku and introduces Paine, their sarcastic, hardnosed friend. The trio takes part in a story of unrequited love and deadly secrets that threaten the peace of their planet, Spira.

Released in December 2001 in North America, FINAL FANTASY X is the first title in the award-winning, role-playing game series for the PlayStation 2. More than 1.8 million units have shipped in North America and 5.9 million units worldwide. The "Greatest Hits" edition of the game is available now, priced at $19.99. FINAL FANTASY X-2 was released in Japan in March 2003 and shipped approximately 2 million units in the first month of release. FINAL FANTASY X-2 will retail for $49.99 in North America.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. The recent merger between Square and Enix brought two of Japan's best-selling franchises -- FINAL FANTASY and DRAGON QUEST -- together. Square Enix U.S.A. Inc., located in Los Angeles, oversees operations in North America including localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information can be found at http://www.square-enix-usa.com.

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