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Final Fantasy XIII out Dec 17 in Japan

Square Enix finally dates long-awaited RPG

Final Fantasy XIII has a Japanese release date, and it's December 17, 2009.

The date comes by way of an early leak from this morning's Final Fantasy Premier Party in Japan, which is due to kick off in the next few hours.

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Ahead of the bash SE posted a Flash teaser (which is always bad news) and internet nerds inevitably managed to hack it to see what it'll look like after the event - and guess what? There's a big old release date on it.

North American and European versions of the game are expected early next year. We'll let you know when Square Enix has something official to say.

UPDATE: Square Enix has confirmed the news.

UPDATE 2: SE Europe tells us to expect PAL release news "in the very near future".