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'Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call' gets release date, Collector's Edition

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Just a few days prior to E3, Square Enix has announced a U.S. release date as well as a pre-order incentives and a limited-release Collector's Edition for their upcoming rhythm game sequel, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call.

The game will be released later this year on September 16th, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The standard edition of the game will retail for the standard $39.99, and pre-orders are available now through Amazon. Those who pre-order the game in this manner will receive a complimentary upgrade to the game's Limited Edition, which comes with a 5-track "Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Remix Selections" music CD.

The Collector's Edition, however, is the true prize for serious Final Fantasy fans. Available exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store and limited to just 5,000 copies, this edition of the game will come with special packaging, a 3DS collector's pouch branded with the game's characters (no word on whether the pouch fits the original 3DS, the 3DS XL, or both), the aforementioned 5-track "Remix Selections" music CD that comes with the Limited Edition, another 20-track music CD entitled "The Best of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call," and five premium CollectaCards that come with passwords allowing the player to obtain their in-game versions. The Collector's Edition will run you $69.99 plus tax and shipping.

As the sequel to 2012's Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Curtain Call includes all of the original game's songs and DLC plus a ton of new songs to tap and slide your stylus along to, for a total of over 221 tunes spanning the entire Final Fantasy franchise. (By comparison, the original Theatrhythm only included around 80 songs before DLC!) Rather than just pulling music from the mainline Final Fantasy games like the original game did, Curtain Call includes music not only from Final Fantasy I through XIV, but also direct sequels and spin-off titles like Final Fantasy X-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, and Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. Curtain Call will also be receiving its own set of DLC after the game's initial release, pushing the total song count even higher.

Curtain Call also features over 60 playable characters from across the entire franchise and new airship variants of the Field stages, as well as alternate control types and two entirely new modes in Quest Medleys and the competitive Versus Mode, the latter of which is playable either locally or online. Players can also newly power up each character's statistics by using the CollectaCards dropped by defeated enemies in the game's Battle stages.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will be playable at E3 next week, and we'll be sure to bring you some hands-on impressions of the game.

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