May 8, 2006 - At Square Enix's press conference at E3 in Los Angeles, the company officially announced Final Fantasy XIII for the PlayStation 3. The publisher/ developer then proceeded to show a trailer from the game, in which a female protagonist is seen leaping and flying around a city while kicking butt. The video shown has been reported as "entirely real-time except for a short sequence of rendered footage showing a train" -- our "Away Team" who saw the trailer said it looked "incredible", and will be reporting back further details after the SCE conference today at 4PM PST.

This shot from FF13 isn't a render folks, it's in-game!
Hinted at by Square Enix president Yoichi Wada at Sony's press conference last year, Final Fantasy XIII is being created by the same team behind Final Fantasy X. The game runs on the "White Engine", an all-new exclusive next-gen engine built by Square Enix's for its future games. It was originally planned for the PlayStation 2 but was later moved to the PS3. This game is the first in a three-part saga known as Fabula Nova Crystallis FF XIII. This trilogy also includes a cell phone prequel and another PS3 title called FF Versus XIII, an action game by the makers of Kingdom Hearts.

We'll have more details shortly.