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Capping Gamers' Holiday, 'Final Fantasy X' for PS2 Ship Date Moved Up to Dec. 26

27 Nov, 2001 By: Hive News

Square Electronic Arts, publisher of all SquareSoft products in North America, announced Tuesday that Final Fantasy X for PlayStation 2 will start shipping limited quantities to retail on Dec. 26 instead of the originally scheduled 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's the first PlayStation 2 title to reach the 2 million-unit mark.

Final Fantasy X will be released on DVD format and is compatible with the DualShock 2 analog controller. The game carries a suggested retail price of U.S. $50 and is rated "T" (Teen). To date, the Final Fantasy series has sold over 35 million units worldwide, making the franchise one of the best-selling series in video game history.

"We are very excited to roll out Final Fantasy X before the end of the year. All efforts were put into bringing the title out earlierthan 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 releasedfor the PlayStation 2, we hope that this title will set new standards in the role-playing game genre."

On Dec. 15, Square Electronic Arts will hold a one-day event offering consumers achance 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 game, consumers will have a chance to win prize packages and receive a free "Final Fantasy" promo item.

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