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Final Fantasy XIII to be released in 2010

Billboard advertisement reveals that the highly-anticipated Square Enix RPG will not be released in the US this year

Final Fantasy will not be released in North America until 2010, a billboard advertisement has confirmed.

The billboard, plastered on a building in Los Angeles in preparation of next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo, reveals the date with a simple "Coming 2010" message.

Final Fantasy XIII is scheduled for release in Japan for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles in the fourth quarter of this year. While it was widely believed that localised versions would not be out until 2010, such speculation was not confirmed until this advertisement's appearance.

Last month, publisher Square Enix revealed that its Final Fantasy series has sold 85 million units to date worldwide. Square Enix has just acquired UK games publisher Eidos, and expanded its catalogue to include franchises such as Tomb Raider, Hitman and Deus Ex.

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