Final Fantasy XII dated for Europe

Gamers in PAL regions can get their hands on the latest installment of the role-playing series in February.

Final Fantasy XII is already knocking the socks off of role-playing fans on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. The game has so far sold 4 million copies worldwide since its March launch in Japan and its October launch in the US. It garnered a rare perfect score from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, and for the late October US launch day, Square Enix shipped 1.5 million units to retail--the largest day-one availability for any game in the publisher's history.

Now Europe knows when it will have a chance to see what all the fuss is about. The latest title in the hugely popular role-playing game series has been given a European launch date of February 23. The PlayStation 2 game features a totally revamped battle system from previous installments and boasts more than 70 hours of gameplay, "if the player doesn't stray too far from the beaten path."

Set in a world called Ivalice against the backdrop of war, FFXII tells the story of a young orphan named Vaan who dreams of escaping life on the streets and piloting his own airship. The boy teams up with Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to her family's kingdom, who was thought to have died a long time ago on an epic quest across the land.

A spokesperson for Square Enix confirmed that there would be midnight launch events for the title, but had no further details at this time.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's full review and an interview with Final Fantasy XII's producer, Akitoshi Kawazu.

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Silicon_Noob
Silicon_Noob

says on GS it comes out on the 23rd yet the aussie EB stores keep tellin me the 15th, who's wrong?

Seth_GRAVIJAH
Seth_GRAVIJAH

A good point though, we don't have to wait anymore a year between US and Europe release. That's a nice improvement (even if I'm not concerned anymore :P).

Seth_GRAVIJAH
Seth_GRAVIJAH

\o/ Yeah ! another victim for 50Hz conversion ! \o/ Thx SQUARE-ENIX for degrading the quality of your games before sending them to Europe ! >:[ And don't talk to me about "optimized 50Hz", it's just less worst than basic 50Hz, but not able to stand comparison with 60Hz. Whatever, I have understood the trick now, I play only with imported NTSC US version of your games... A bored fan.

Imallvol7
Imallvol7

I wish i could play it over again for the first time, what a friggin amazing game.

Riorio99
Riorio99

*starts to shake uncontrolably, realises its only a game, realises it FFXII* WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Piaras007
Piaras007

Feb. 23rd...*takes note in personal organizer*

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

Finally......................jeeeez!!

anktenkey
anktenkey

winnazdaluza, FFX is turn-based game and there are other like Shadow Hearts, Suikoden V and Enchance Arms are more recent ones.

deathskitten
deathskitten

@hootie017 they have to translate it into the other european languages

hootie017
hootie017

wow it really took them that long...it's not like they have to translate or anything

da_illest101
da_illest101

lol i already finish the game twice and still playing

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

haggiss 200 wrote "I really cant stand turn based games" MY response: i can't remeber the last time i played a turnbased but i woul'ndt consider ff a turnbased game ..why?? because when you get into battles the enemies won't wait for you to attack... and even after attacking they won't wait for your turn, they will continue.So if you don't attack you will automatically die. I have'nt come across a turnbased game since that warhammer 40000 game a played long ago "can't remeber the name".In turnbased everyone MUST take a turn but these days the battle systems are active to give more realism to it. Maybe you played an old ff...a real old ff

manofmonkies
manofmonkies

man i have been waiting for ages for ffxii and its so close i can almost feel the game disc

nanometric
nanometric

hahahahahahahaha lol, I live EU and I got the game like in first days of october! :D yes and I said correct FIRST DAYS OF OCTOBER, like on the 5th or sumthin! :D have 110h+, superb game, lacks the story, but surpases in everything else, well maybe not, didn't like the lack of costomisation of characters, but thats about it! play it, enjoy it, get amazed by it! :D

Fiku42
Fiku42

FFXII is ok buts its clearly not match compared to FFX. You just cant beat FFX's story (No FFX isnt my all time fav FF) buts its still very noteworthy more then XII. But hey XII is still good, depends on your tastes, The battle systems is very different the story focuses more on empires then you conecting with the main characters (actually you dont connect with the characters at all) so you wont likely be seeing FFXII Rping online like you do with other FF games. On another note, I cant wait for FFXIII!

haggis2000
haggis2000

I have this game already, got it last year in Singapore (US Version) and it rocks! I'm only 20 hours in and I've only just begun! I guess i've strayed "too far from the beaten path" :)

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I really cant stand turn based games, I found the other FF's boring and can't see what all the fuss is about, on the other hand many people like this and it's great that they will get to play this game.

darksong4
darksong4

why europe so late - almost 5 months after the rest of the world, pathetic.

ricsuave
ricsuave

"marcdases That said, I still have to complete FFs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10-2, so I have some work to do before I get this." Prepare to lose your life to 6, the best one in the series in my opinion. SPOILER COMING UP IN 5 4 3 2 1 And it features Kefka, the only FF villain that actually succeeded in destroying the world.

Incubus420
Incubus420

yeah this game is good sooooooo much extra stuff to do....wish i got the book

marcdases
marcdases

Excellent. I've waited years for this game, and it's coming out just after exams as well, so I shouldn't be too fussed about playing for 6 hours at a time when I should be revising for Law. That said, I still have to complete FFs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10-2, so I have some work to do before I get this.

GrimBee
GrimBee

I really REALLY liked Final Fantasy X. I loved the story to bits, and its the only game I ever played for 30 hours, straight. I clocked up 90 hours to actually complete the story, then, there was SO much more to do!! The game was great, absolutely fantastic atmosphere, music and great characters. I eagerly awaited Final Fantasy X-2 to see what else they could muster up, I greatly ignored most of the other Final Fantasy games because... Well, I guess graphics really do count for games like this, for me anyways (unless is supposed to be flat out 2d, which is better than clunky 3d, imo). But after playing X-2 I was completely dissapointed. After that, I ignored alot of Final Fantasy titles because they kept alot of the things that I didnt like, and I prefer adult-type characters than animie-kids ones. This game, however seems really great. I just hope that they stopped with the whole "explore lush landscapes.. then... BANG, sudden enemy battle out of nothing!" over and over and over. That kind of irritated meafter a while, just as you walk up to a treasure chest, enemy battle, then after you examine the chest, you JUST leave the chest and ... enemy battle... And the further on the game goes, you HAVE to have these battles, I ended up having this ability to skip alot of battles, so when up against seymore, I just completely died, my HP was 2000, his was 40,000...!! This game looks to clear up alot of things, but I think it's hard to top the story of Final Fantasy X. I loved the mingled religious history, and the threat of a giant monster destroying everything, and the different languages, blitzball and all that kind of stuff. If this game can deliver similar goods, im in! But the thing is, you KNOW the Ps3 version of Final Fantasy won't be out for YEARS, which is most annoying, i guess. Great games, like this, take years to develop. The wait is over for this Ps2 title, but part of me wishes they reserved this for the ps3, at the moment there is hardly anything on the ps3 that I want to play!

ejstrup
ejstrup

Finally! Can't wait for this game

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

for those that getting it now, enjoy.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Meh, I already knew the date in the online Australian stores (Feb something). We ain't dumb, you know... "...boasts more than 70 hours of gameplay, "if the player doesn't stray too far from the beaten path."" That's one of the signs that Square is progressively adapting to the Western market. Good one. jakie91 "The reason for the long delay of FF12 to be released in Europe, was becasue Square Enix have too make sure that it is worth while to be released in Europe and make a profit. Which is Freaking stuiped ofcourse we are going to buy out this game. Europe loves Final Fantasy." Nah, it's because of perfecting the language translations for the PAL regions. But even the UK, Australia, & New Zealand should've gotten it as soon as the Americans got 'em. Grrr. But probably they're either converting it to PAL resolutions, and/or preventing neighbourly importing when it gets released in the UK. Lots of mainland Europeans do know English well.

Akira_Tenshi
Akira_Tenshi

to late square, i imported got tired of waitng on you as usual.

jakie91
jakie91

The reason for the long delay of FF12 to be released in Europe, was becasue Square Enix have too make sure that it is worth while to be released in Europe and make a profit. Which is Freaking stuiped ofcourse we are going to buy out this game. Europe loves Final Fantasy

kamicolo
kamicolo

what took so long for our old chaps to get the game, eh

Eagles5
Eagles5

Ehh final fantasy XII was good but not as good as 10. I just cant wait for final fantasy XIII and versus XIII. PS3 babyyy! Then if i can find one ima get the wiiiiii!

urbanlegend13
urbanlegend13

Europeans can finally enjoy it: soon, they'll get their Final XII !

bedders05
bedders05

yes finally i can play what the rest of the world has rated as an amazing game! the midnight launch event sounds good !!! yes i do wonder what square-enix will add as extras to the pal version! hope its not just a dodgy bonus disc!

jackfatal
jackfatal

because i has to be muti-lanuages

theunwn
theunwn

Why does europe always get it last?

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

hahahaha, had a long wait for the european side!

Cloud737
Cloud737

I wonder if Square will include some extras (as they usually do with PAL territories) in the European launch. The PAL version of FFX saw an interesting side-quest, the Dark Aeons (although it was frustrating to some as it blocked their paths to reach some treasures they could easily obtain on the NTSC version), and a new Sphere System (which is awesome).

PreLuDe_DuDe
PreLuDe_DuDe

games_pot1:: "I will get FFXII when its cheaper. I like FF only because of the story I dont like the gameplay though. Hopefully since XIII versus will have the same gameplay as KH I might buy that game full price." I figured you had a valid point on the gameplay part because I wasnt sold either, but comparing this to Kingdom hearts. C'mon man....

clintm
clintm

finally it will arrive here!!! :P

Sim_genius
Sim_genius

Yay for Europe. FF XII is awesome.

cenz_is
cenz_is

bout time! im really excited about this one. Atleast the wait for this game wasn't as long as the kingdom hearts 2 wait from US to AU and EU

BrideInDream
BrideInDream

good luck europe!!!! the game rocks btw!!! i beat the game alreadyyyy =D

ocdog45
ocdog45

good for those guys. get ready to drool

dragonbattousai
dragonbattousai

Lucky Europe gets to experience the Lost Start Wars Plotline! :P