At the event yesterday it was confirmed that the Japanese release date is December 17. This was confirmed by Yochi Wada, president of Square Enix, but other Square Enix people took the stage as well (Motomu Toriyama, Yoshinori Kitase and Masashi Hamauzu). A person that wasn’t expected, Kaz Hirai (Head of Sony Computer Entertainment) also was at the event and announced that they were “planning a Playstation 3 Slim bundle”. Nothing is concrete yet but the chances are high.
Furthermore they surprisingly commented on the European/North American launch of the game which would be in 6 to 8 months. Translations however are unclear if it is around March/April or six months after the Japanese launch around June/July.
Keep checking back for some images, hands-on’s and video’s (yes you read that right!)