Electronic Arts has announced that it is to publish Square Enix' RPG sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, in Europe and other PAL territories early next year.
The game - the first ever direct sequel in the Final Fantasy series - is set to arrive in the USA later this year, where it will be published directly by Square Enix, as it was in Japan.
EA's newly formed EA Partners division has secured the PAL territory rights to publish the game, which has sold over 2 million copies in Japan since its launch in the first quarter of this year.
It had been widely expected that SCEE would publish the game in Europe, as it was the publisher for Final Fantasy X in this territory. Square has also had a lengthy relationship with Infogrames (now Atari) in Europe, while GameCube title Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle is set to be published by Nintendo.