The Final Fantasy series has had its fair number of spinoff games, all of which have their own positive and negative reception. One spinoff series that's held popularity for a lot of fans, though, is the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series. For a lot of you, it might be time to put on your nostalgia goggles. As it turns out, we'll be seeing a resurgence of the series here soon. Square Enix got rather busy today, dropping news left and right ahead of Tokyo Game Show (which takes place later this month). One of the surprise announcements revealed that the original 2003/2004 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is set for a remaster on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The remaster is simply titled Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition. What a mouthful!
The original Crystal Chronicles released first in Japan back in 2003, later taking our Nintendo GameCubes by storm when it headed West in 2004. The game has you pick from different playable characters made up of various species in the world of Final Fantasy. You and three other allies join forces to explore the world in search of an element known as 'myrrh', which is an important fuel that strengthens the world's crystals that protect people from a dangerous poison. Combat takes place in real time and features hack-n-slash elements. You and your three buddies must tread through all sorts of fields and dungeons, which ends up making Crystal Chronicles particularly more dungeon-crawly than your average Final Fantasy game. The original also featured 4 player local co-op with the use of a GBA link cable.
As far as the remaster goes, information is pretty scarce at the moment. While we don't know the specifics of what's changed this time around, Square Enix did provide a pretty new trailer to show off the visuals. Compared to its early 2000s incarnation, the game is looking very good. Since it will be released on PlayStation 4, this also marks the first time the series has appeared on a non-Nintendo platform. The original game spawned numerous sequel titles that were all Nintendo-exclusive. If this remaster performs well sales-wise, we may even see remasters of those games too, though that's more just wishful thinking than anything. One other thing that was mentioned about it is that the remaster will feature global multiplayer, likely a new-and-improved version of the previously mentioned local co-op from the original.
As of right now, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is set for a vague release window of sometime in 2019. It's entirely possible that Square Enix might reveal more information about the remaster during Tokyo Game Show, but we'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, below is the new trailer for Crystal Chronicles Remastered. Take a look at it and see how it stacks up to the GameCube original. The GameCube game may be slightly challenging to find nowadays, but it's worth checking out if you want to give it a shot. Keep an eye out for further information as Square Enix makes it readily available!