Significant Square Enix titles, Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts II, were given Japanese launch dates at the company's major publicity event over the weekend, the Square Enix Party.
The PlayStation 2 bound role-playing games headlined the occasion, with FFXII gained a March 16th 2006 release, while KHII was provided with a December launch this year. Both titles were confirmed for European release sometime in 2006.
Held at the Makuhari Messe near Tokyo, the Party also played host to a number of other announcements. Forthcoming computer animated movie, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, will get a limited premier in theatres on September 8th in Japan, followed by an official opening in the country's theatres on September 10th. A full DVD and UMD launch will follow on September 14th, as previously reported.
The news of Advent Children's release came with fresh speculation that the game it's based on, Final Fantasy VII, will be remade for PlayStation 3 after Square Enix refused to confirm the future plans of its FFVII based tech demo.
Meanwhile, Final Fantasy VII's spin-off title, Dirge of Cerebus was declared to be playable over the internet via Square Enix's own Japanese PlayOnline service. The single-player PS2 game will focus on FFVII character, Vincent, with the online mode allowing control of a solider from the game's main antagonists, the Deep Ground organisation. Square Enix will begin accepting Japanese beta testers today, with testing set for autumn. Currently there is no firm release date for the title.
Finally, Square Enix revealed more information about its recent foray into Mana series (known as Seiken Densetsu franchise in Japan), World of Mana. The company announced that the game will be released across unspecified multiple platforms and also be used in a strategy stretching across other media such as film, manga, novels to accompany the games. World of Mana currently has no launch date.