Square Enix Sets Early ’08 Lineup

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Last week, Square Enix finally set an official release date for Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, pegging the Wii exclusive title in for February 26, 2008. Turns out, as the RPG publishing giant announced today, the Dragon Quest Swords debut will mark the official launch of the company’s early ’08 North American lineup, with major handheld titles Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and The World Ends With You coming soon thereafter on March 11th, March 25th and “spring 2008” respectively. Wii, DS and PSP RPG fans clearly have a lot to look forward to from Squeenix in the New Year. Better make sure to save any gift cards and money you get come Christmas.

Hit the jump for a complete lineup overview.

DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

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Developer: Eighting Co., Ltd.

Planning: Genius Sonority, Inc.

Scenario & Game Design / General Director: Yuji Horii

Character Design: Akira Toriyama

Music: Koichi Sugiyama

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Platform: Wii

Genre: Action-Adventure

ESRB: T (Teen)

Ship Date: February 26, 2008

Developed from the ground up to take advantage of the Nintendo Wii and its motion-sensing technology, DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is set to slice its way onto Nintendo’s next-generation platform. Use the Wii Remote™ to slash, parry and blast your way through a land filled with trademark DRAGON QUEST foes! Developed with both long-time fans and casual players in mind, DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is poised to take video gaming to an entirely new level of fun and interaction.

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The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/dqswords.

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates

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Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Platform: Nintendo DS

Genre: Action-RPG

ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)

Ship Date: March 11, 2008

Few titles epitomize the essence of multiplayer camaraderie like the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series. Released in 2004 as an innovative title that took advantage of the Nintendo GameCube™-to-Game Boy® Advance connectivity, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES pioneered an entirely new gameplay experience that expanded the horizons of conventional RPG gaming. Primed for a release on the Nintendo DS, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates is poised to continue this tradition by providing fans with two distinctly unique games: a fully fleshed single-player RPG experience and an addictive multiplayer element for up to four players.

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The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com//ffccnews/.

CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-

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Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Platform: PSP system

Genre: Action-RPG

ESRB: T (Teen)

Ship Date: March 25, 2008

CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-, the highly anticipated entry in the COMPILATION of FINAL FANTASY VII, takes fans on an exciting journey through the origin of the internationally acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII saga in an all-new action-packed experience. Developed exclusively for the PSP system, CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- marks the return of the celebrated characters and game world that mesmerized more than 9.8 million gamers around the globe. With inspiring visuals, full 16:9 widescreen presentation and an engaging battle system, fans and newcomers alike can experience the world of FINAL FANTASY VII from an all-new perspective.

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The official website can be found at http://www.crisiscore.com/.

THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

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Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd./ Jupiter

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Platform: Nintendo DS

Genre: Action-RPG

ESRB:TBD

Ship Date: Spring 2008

THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU, is an exciting new title developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS handheld system. Previously known as Subarashiki Kono Sekai™ on its release in Japan, THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU is an innovative new title from Square Enix that fully utilizes the capabilities of the Nintendo DS, and takes major influence from Japan’s modern day culture including its people, music, clothes, food and design.

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