Final Fantasy XIII offers up a tablet, too

As Square Enix's epic sequel marches towards its North American release, the promotional oddities get even odder.

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Scott Stein/CNET

Now, we're always a fan of strange promotional materials here at CNET, but Square Enix offered up something both odd and, oddly, cool in today's mailing. In a thick envelope, which we first thought was a very, very advanced copy of Final Fantasy XIII, came an invitation to a San Francisco launch event, with nary a disc or box in sight.

But wait, what's this? In a second Mylar envelope was the source of all the bulk: these thick acrylic faux-tablets. It looks like Square Enix is trying to get in on tablet-mania, too.

What are they, exactly? They seem like spare props from a Minority Report sequel, but are likely indicative of some of the future-tech that shows up in the very funky-looking FF XIII. If we were making a science-fiction movie tomorrow on a shoestring, these would be our futuristic data-pad props of choice.

Each of the tablets focuses on a different character--Lightning and Snow--making these huge transparent trading cards. If only we had a deck of these, we could play some sweet poker.

Look for our hands-on impressions of Final Fantasy XIII as its March 9 release date approaches.

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired,, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.


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