Resonance of Fate Draws its Guns on North America

Sega is coming out and letting North America know that it’s not afraid of Final Fantasy XIII and thinks that its game will sell just fine along side it.  Ok so maybe Sega didn’t actually come out and say that, but what they did do is confirm a daring release date for Resonance of Fate, as it just so happens to fall only one week after FFXIII hits the store shelves.

Resonance of Fate, developed by tri-Ace brings gun combat into a genre which is dominated by the sword and spell and will do this on March 16th in North America.  We are not sure this is such a smart move releasing an RPG just a week after such a hype train is released.  Sega is most likely hoping to ride the wave of that same train and bring people in who quickly want another RPG, but it might have been better off with an April release date, giving people more time to move on.

What do you think?  Is this a smart time to release a new IP onto the world?