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From Final Fantasy XIII's American Release To Drum Hero: News Roundup November 13th

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Today’s news roundup sees a set North American release date for Final Fantasy XIII, GameStop plan to make DLC available in-store, and Activision file a patent for Drum Hero, as if there wasn’t enough Hero games already.

Final Fantasy XIII North American Release Date Revealed

From Final Fantasy XIII's American Release To Drum Hero: News Roundup November 13th

A puzzle on the Square Enix website a few days suggested the North American release date for Final Fantasy XIII would be revealed today (provided you actually solved the damn thing).  Well speculation was right, as a Final Fantasy XIII trailer released today, announced the game will be arriving in North America on March 9th, 2010.  Square Enix have been pushing for a spring release for a while now, so its’ good to see they’ve met their target.  No word on the European release yet, but hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer than the yanks.  [1UP]

GameStop To Sell DLC In-Store

From Final Fantasy XIII's American Release To Drum Hero: News Roundup November 13th

With DLC and the inevitable full downloadable games threatening the future of our game companies and all their used games, GameStop have come up with their own strategy to avoid redundancy.  To cater for the changing market a new program will be launched allowing DLC to be purchased in stores.  Meaning after purchasing in store, the content will be available for you to download by the time you’re home.

Basically whenever a consumer buys a new or used game, they’ll be asked whether or not they’ll want the associated DLC as well.  GameStop are taking the digital age very seriously, even creating the General Manager of Digital Media position back in August, with this new program intending to “leverage existing relationships to drive digital sales.”  We’ll know more by the time the service is implemented next year.  [Reuters]

Activision Filed Drum Hero patent

From Final Fantasy XIII's American Release To Drum Hero: News Roundup November 13th

With several Hero games released already this year, Activision look intent to make more, with a Drum Hero trademark the most recently filed.  The application on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website describes the patent as "Toys, handheld games with liquid crystal displays, musical toys; action figures and accessories therefore; arcade games; coin-operated videogames; electric action toys; handheld unit for playing electronic videogames; electronic toy drums".

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything will materialize from this.  Activision similarly registered trademarks a while back for Drum Villain and Guitar Hero, with nothing ever coming of those.  If we hear more we’ll let you know.  [MTV]

Add a comment6 comments
Christopher  Nov. 13, 2009 at 19:52

>> Drum Hero, Drum Villain, Guitar Hero...

Oh stop it already and just create the game they all want. Sex Hero, and it's many and varied add-on peripherals. Then we can all move on with our lives. What was so bad about Parappa anyhows?

Gunn  Nov. 13, 2009 at 21:12

Great news on FFXIII, Hope its in March for us too

Tim  Nov. 13, 2009 at 21:49

Errrr........ They HAVE announced the European releasze date. It's 09/03/2010 as well!

Don't believe me? Look at the video here: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/11/13/final-fantasy-xiii-the-time-has-come/#more-9744
Skip to the last 20 seconds if you cba to wait.

The cheesy presenter guy most definitely says "north america AND european"

Sam Bell  Nov. 14, 2009 at 00:45

Cheers for the update Tim. It feels like i've been waiting ages for this, and you can so tell the cheeser has never played Final Fantasy in his life, haha.

Lydia  Nov. 14, 2009 at 14:31

I cannot believe that FFXIII has a Leona Lewis track as the end/theme song. Dear me.

Gunn  Nov. 15, 2009 at 11:50

Why is no-one supporting a UK artist appearing on one of the most anticipated games of 2010? I know we aren't like Americans but come on be happy for her.

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