FFXIII teaser ends with new trailer

Last week, Square Enix sent its Final Fantasy faithful into a tizzy with a somewhat cryptic countdown timer displayed prominently on the company's Web site. So what did Square Enix have up its sleeve? Those hoping for hot new gameplay details, a release date, or maybe-just-maybe a Wii adaptation...

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Last week, Square Enix sent its Final Fantasy faithful into a tizzy with a somewhat cryptic countdown timer displayed prominently on the company's Web site. So what did Square Enix have up its sleeve? Those hoping for hot new gameplay details, a release date, or maybe-just-maybe a Wii adaptation may be in for a letdown.

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This morning, Square Enix's weeklong countdown timer ended, and the result was...a new trailer for Final Fantasy XIII. Granted, showings of the hotly anticipated PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game have been few and far between since it was first announced during the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, so it's difficult to construe the trailer as an out-and-out disappointment.

Along with the expected expertly rendered cutscenes, the trailer demonstrates for the first time substantive clips of FFXIII's gameplay. The in-game combat sequences exhibit a variety of characters matching sword and magic against mechanized beasts sporting automatic weapons in both indoor and outdoor environments. The trailer also offers up snippets of the game's mechs-meet-medieval storyline, with in-game characters dropping references to focuses, pulses, fal'Cie, l'Cie, Cocoon, PSICOM, Sanctum, and Serah.

Though it is expected to arrive in Japan later this year, North American and European gamers aren't expected to see the launch of the game until 2010, at the earliest. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of FFXIII.

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