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Final Fantasy: Dissidia bringing androgynous pugilism to the US this Summer

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A number of us in the Destructoid staffroom actually like turning our PSPs on every few months, and have been waiting for Square Enix to give us another reason in the form of a US release for Final Fantasy: Dissidia.

The fighting game spin-off title just released in Japan, but the sad news for American fans is that we have to wait until the Summer of 2009 to get a localized version. Fortunately, the PSP is packed full of brand new quality titles between now and then to keep you busy. Or not. 

In other news, Square Enix has also announced that Dissidia Trading Arts figures are also on the horizon. Cloud, Squall, Zidane and Tidus will make up Volume 1. As soon as I know Kuja is going to get a figure, I'm sold.

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY Announced for Mid-Year 2009 Release in North America

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY - THE WAR BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK BEGINS.

20 Years in the Making, the War between Light and Dark Begins

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(R) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced that DISSIDIA(TM) FINAL FANTASY(R) for the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system will be available mid-year 2009 in North America.

Celebrating 20 years of the renowned series that has shipped over 85 million units worldwide, DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY brings together the largest collection of FINAL FANTASY characters ever in a fighting-styled game where players can choose their allegiance between good and evil.

STORY

Cosmos, the goddess of harmony. Chaos, the god of discord. Reigning from distant realms, the two gods had gathered warriors from all lands to lead them in savage war.

Cosmos and Chaos were of equal strength. It was believed the conflict would last forever. However, the balance is now broken.

Those who answered Chaos's call created an inexhaustible force. And under vicious attack without relent, the warriors fighting for Cosmos started to fall one by one. The conflict that has continued for eons is now about to end in Chaos's favor.

The world has been torn asunder, sinking into a vortex of disorder. As for the few surviving warriors ... their fates have yet to be determined.

FEATURES

— Legacy: Experience the high-quality world and gameplay mechanics of FINAL FANTASY presented in an action-packed environment where players can glide through the air and dash along walls.

— All-new battle system: Action-based battle system combines all-out brawling alongside RPG-based character development in an original system developed by the creators of the KINGDOM HEARTS series.

— Ultimate cast of characters: Fan-favorite heroes and villains from the entire FINAL FANTASY series come together in one game for the first time in a remarkable new tale with fully-voiced CG movies and real-time events.

— Fantasy match: Players select their favorite FINAL FANTASY characters, sided with either Cosmos or Chaos, to set the stage for their fantasy match.

— Series staple battle features: Accessible through "EX Burst", players can experience gameplay faithful to the originals through memorable battle features such as "Limit Break" and "Overdrive". In addition, longtime fans of the series can enjoy the ability to summon Aeons and options such as the "command battle" system.

— Community: Continue the experience by trading Friend Cards, creating items and sharing AI characters with other players and even engage in virtual AI battles made possible by the PSP system ad hoc mode.

MERCHANDISE
DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY TRADING ARTS(R) Vol.1
CLOUD / SQUALL / ZIDANE / TIDUS

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the FINAL FANTASY series, SQUARE ENIX proudly presents the first volume of the DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY Trading Arts series. Memorable heroes and villains are newly re-envisioned by famed character designer Tetsuya Nomura. In honor of these spectacular new designs, SQUARE ENIX PRODUCTS(TM) brings a new generation of highly detailed Trading Arts from DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY.

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY is not yet rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org. More information about DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/dissidia/.

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