This is probably the most exciting bit of news I've heard about XBox 2 yet. While I love Halo as much as the next guy, I sometimes prefer to play a nice epic RPG like Final Fantasy. In fact, the sole reason that I own a PS2 is because of Final Fantasy. Well, it looks like the man behind the Final Fantasy series himself, Mr. Hironobu Sakaguchi is going to be making not one, but two RPG's for the next generation XBox.

As if that weren't enough to make you start drooling, Microsoft announced today that 2 more Japanese industry giants, Yoshiki Okamoto and Tetsuya Mizuguchi, are also signed up to develop exclusive content for the next XBox. Okamoto is responsible for the Street Fighter and Resident Evil series, as well as a slew of other Capcom titles, and Mizuguchi has developed such games as Sega Rally Championship, Rez and Space Channel 5.

Hopefully this marks the beginning of a turnaround in the Japanese market for the XBox platform. At the very least, they've made this gamer a happy one.

Sources: Gamasutra, XBox.com