FINAL FANTASY X-2 wins for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance at Seventh Annual AIAS awards

March 05, 2004

FINAL FANTASY X-2 wins for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance at Seventh Annual AIAS awards
Contacts:
Kyoko Yamashita/Sonia Im, Square Enix U.S.A., Inc., 310.846.0400
Monica Bouldin/Shilpa Mysoor, Ruder Finn, 310.479.9929
LOS ANGELES, Calif., (March 5, 2004)
The Academy of Interactive Arts and SciencesR (AIAS), saluted Square Enix last night, awarding the company’s FINAL FANTASY® X-2 video game for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance - Female for the game’s Rikku, voiced by Tara Strong. AIAS presented the awards at their Seventh Annual Awards ceremony held at the Palms Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

FINAL FANTASY X-2 was also a finalist in Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction and Console Role Playing Game of the Year categories. The title was released in November 2003 in North America for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and has sold more than one million units to date.

Accepting the award, Jun Iwasaki, president and CEO of Square Enix U.S.A., Inc. said, “On behalf of the FINAL FANTASY X-2 development team, I would like to thank the Academy for the award. We are honored that our peers have chosen FINAL FANTASY X-2 from the many excellent titles released this past year. We hope to continue to deliver quality titles and come back for more awards next year.”

Located in Los Angeles, Calif., AIAS is a professional academy of the interactive entertainment software industry. Voting members include some of the most respected designers and executives in the interactive arts and sciences industry. The Interactive Achievement Awards are amongst the most sought after and prestigious awards honoring excellence in video game design for console, computer and online platforms.
About FINAL FANTASY X-2
FINAL FANTASY X-2 is the first female-led FINAL FANTASY game in the franchise’s history and the first sequel in the long respected Final Fantasy series. While keeping the series’ traditions, the sequel stays fresh with several new elements. Among them, the reintroduction of the ATB (active time battle) system accelerates the pace and excitement of battles. FINAL FANTASY X-2 is also the first mission-based FINAL FANTASY, allowing for non-linear gameplay and features new and unique job classes, which provide diverse looks for the leading female characters and an enhanced character development system. The first female-led FINAL FANTASY hails the return of a free-spirited Yuna, her enthusiastic cousin Rikku and introduces Paine, their sarcastic, hardnosed friend. The game is filled with light-hearted and melancholy moments, fueled by a tragic story of unrequited love and ominous secrets that threaten the peace of their world Spira. Additional information on FINAL FANTASY X-2 can be found at http://www.square-enix-usa.com/games/FFX-2/.
About Square Enix Co. Ltd. and Square Enix U.S.A., Inc.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment contents including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan’s best-selling franchises - FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 49 million units worldwide and DRAGON QUEST (DRAGON WARRIOR® in North America) which has sold over 31 million units worldwide - under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix U.S.A. Inc., located in Los Angeles, Calif., handles operations in North America including localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix U.S.A. can be found on the Internet at www.square-enix-usa.com.
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