Square to Ship Final Fantasy IX in November

Final Fantasy IX will be released in November following a consumer demo planned for October in San Francisco.

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Square Electronic Arts announced today that Final Fantasy IX will appear in stores in mid-November for the Sony PlayStation.

"Final Fantasy fans in the US will have to wait just a few more months to experience the adventure," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "We are delighted to go out with a bang this year on the PlayStation and look forward to similar success with the US launch as we had in Japan."

Yet consumers in the Bay Area won't have to wait for the release to see the next game in the long-running Final Fantasy series in action. Square and Electronic Arts will demo the game on October 7 at the PlayStation store in the Sony Metreon, which is on 4th and Mission streets in San Francisco.

FFIX has sold 2.8 million copies since its first offering in Japan on July 7, 2000 (preorders included). The previous game in the series, Final Fantasy VIII, has sold almost 1.5 million units, which means it may just end up in SCEA's priced-just-right Greatest Hits line, which includes games that have sold more than 500,000 units and have at least one year on retail shelves.

For more information on the Consumer Demo Day, go to http://www.squaresoft.com/web/news/index.html.

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