ELECTRONIC ARTS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SQUARE ENIX EUROPE TO PUBLISH FINAL FANTASY X-2
WORLD'S MOST SUCCESSFUL ROLE-PLAYING GAME RETURNS
Chertsey, UK - September 22, 2004 - Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, today announced that its EA Partners division has signed an exclusive distribution and publishing agreement with Square Enix Co., Ltd for FINAL FANTASY® X-2 on the PlayStation ® 2 computer entertainment system throughout Europe and all PAL territories. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
FINAL FANTASY is the most successful role-playing game of all time, selling over 44 million units during the lifetime of the franchise. FINAL FANTASY X-2, scheduled for release in Europe in early 2004, is a sequel that brings back the cast and world of FINAL FANTASY X for another epic adventure. FFX-2 was released in Japan on 13 March 2003 and has already sold over 2 million units to consumers.
'Square Enix has a long-standing reputation for developing incredibly creative properties of the highest quality,' said Frank Sagnier, Vice-President EA Partners Europe. 'FFX-2 is a breakthrough in the Final Fantasy series in terms of gameplay as it appeals to its core fans whilst its enhanced accessibility will attract an even broader consumer base.'
'We are absolutely thrilled to offer Final Fantasy X-2 to the PAL market. We at Square Enix Europe will be working hard with Electronic Arts to ensure that this latest addition to the Final Fantasy series is a big hit with both our existing fans and newcomers alike,' said Tom Yoshikai, Deputy Managing Director of Square Enix Europe.