US/EU Release Date for Final Fantasy XIII Released

final-fantasy-xiii-battleSquare Enix announced today that the release of the thirteenth installment of one of the highest selling game franchise Final Fantasy in the United States and Europe would be on March 9, 2010. The game will be available for both Playstation 3 and XBox 360 consoles simultaneously.

The Japanese release is slated next month, December 17.

Square Enix CEO and President John Yamamoto said that Final Fantasy XIII “will exceed all expectations.” The game will feature a new “ultimate active time battle system”. This will allow players to carry out many commands in one turn using a multi-slot ATB gauge. Aside being the first title to be released in more than one console, it is also the first title to be presented in high definition.

The game introduces the Paradigms mechanics which enable player to change their characters gameplay roles and the Gestalt mode which enables characters and their summon eidolons to fight as one.

The Final Fantasy series is not slowing down as it has already announced the next installment, Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG, last July. It has a tentative release in 2010 for Playstation 3 and Microsoft Windows.