Square Enix has confirmed to Eurogamer that Final Fantasy XIII has been given a winter 2009 date in Japan.

That date was pictured at the end of the PS3 FFXIII demo, which is included in the Blu-ray release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - due out tomorrow in Japan and in June in North America.

However, European dates for both Advent Children and Final Fantasy XIII are still to be confirmed, the publisher told us this morning.

The demo, according to a Famitsu preview (read by Gamezine, lasts for over an hour and lets players control characters Snow and Lightning. Perhaps they listen to Earth, Wind and Fire.

Square Enix also had nothing to say about a trademark filing for Front Mission Evolved, spotted by a keen-eyed Kotaku.

Front Mission is a strategy series in which robots beat each other up. Evolved could be a series reboot, a revamped instalment for XBLA or PSN, or simply one of the many Japanese releases heading West. [Or just a random trademark. - Ed]

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