Dissidia 012 Duodecim dated

Square Enix's Final Fantasy spin-off fighter franchise returns to North America on March 22; voice cast including Keith David, Ali Hillis revealed.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 is official, having been announced for release in Japan later this year, but that won't be the first way for US audiences to pick back up with FFXIII protagonist Lightning. Square Enix today confirmed that its spin-off fighter Dissidia 012 Duodecim will be released for the PSP in North America on March 22, a date that falls less than three weeks after the game's Japanese debut.

Lightning is about to strike the PSP.
Lightning is about to strike the PSP.

The original Dissidia merged a one-on-one fighting game setup with the character progression more commonly found in role-playing games and garnered critical praise in the process. As previously reported, Dissidia 012 Duodecim will feature multiple roster additions, including Final Fantasy IV's lance-wielding dragoon Kain and FFXIII's aforementioned heroine. A number of familiar faces will also be returning, including Sephiroth, Tifa, Onion Knight, Cecil, Golbez, Zidane, and Terra.

While the action is still primarily one-on-one, Square Enix is implementing a new assist feature that will let players summon backup allies in battle. Dissidia 012 Duodecim will also include new game modes, items, and costumes, as well as the ability to play through a storyline focused on the character Chaos.

Along with a release date, Square Enix confirmed Dissidia 012 Duodecim's North American voice cast. Rachael Leigh Cook will voice Tifa, with Keith David on board as Chaos, Steve Burton speaking as Cloud Strive, and George Newbern channeling Sephiroth. Ali Hillis will reprise her role in FFXIII as the voice of Lightning.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Dissidia 012 Duodecim.

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