Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Finally Gets a Release Date
It's been a while since we've heard from Square Enix about the remaster for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, hasn't it? The game got a few sneak peeks at various events over the past year, but no solid release date... until today! Square revealed the official date for all platforms, and thankfully, it's soon(ish): August 27th. This release is a rather notable one for the game, as it means it will be the first time Crystal Chronicles is playable on a PlayStation platform. The original game was equally notable for being the first Final Fantasy game on a Nintendo platform since Final Fantasy VI. VI, as many know, was the last game Nintendo held host to before the big split that birthed PlayStation and (subsequently) Final Fantasy VII. Even though Crystal Chronicles was a spinoff to the main series, it was a welcome re-introduction to Nintendo fans, and a big hit with co-op players.
Crystal Chronicles follows the story of four adventurers who set out to obtain energy for crystals. These crystals are responsible for protecting people from Miasma, a poison that can end all life as they know it. The gameplay is similar to other hack-n-slash RPGs of the era, with each traveler possessing their own unique abilities based on their race. While exploring, there are various puzzles to solve as you progress. The remastered version takes everything from the original and covers it with a brand new coat of paint. Thankfully, that's not the only difference this time around. New additions have been added to the remaster, the most notable being online multiplayer. In the original, multiplayer would be set up via a GameBoy Advance link cable for up to four players. The remaster will let you join others in their quest online, and the best part: Crossplay is supported between consoles! A welcome addition, and a nice thing to see from the get-go in this day and age.
The remaster also includes new voiceover work for all characters, bumped up audio, new dungeons, and a new 'Mimic' mechanic. Square Enix explained this mechanic as an aesthetic one. As you play the game, you'll collect various stamps, visit Moogle houses, and explore dungeons. Doing these things nets you Memory Crystals, which in turn can be used to change the appearance of characters throughout the game in a way that 'mimics' other things. "If you want to add a bit more pizazz to your party, now you can!" Square Enix stated. It's rather poetic that the game will be available on both Switch and PlayStation 4. Due to the reasons mentioned above, Square went to the trouble of creating an entirely new development studio to create Crystal Chronicles: The Game Designers Studio. As a shell company, GDS was able to have free rein creating a Final Fantasy spinoff for Nintendo without impacting the main series, since it had switched over to PlayStation by that point. Now, the game can be played by both audiences together. We've come a long way.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered (man, that's a mouthful!) will release worldwide on August 27th. The game will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Android/iOS devices. You can check out the trailer for the game down below; it's sure to evoke some nostalgia for fans of the original. Who knows, maybe if this remaster sells well, we'll see remasters for the rest of the Crystal Chronicles series. Indeed, the original game sold well enough to spawn off numerous sequels, all situated on Nintendo platforms. It's hard to say if we'll see them again though, as they weren't quite as popular as the OG CC. The final price point for the game hasn't been officially stated for the states, though if the Japanese price is anything to go off of, the console versions may cost $40 while the mobile versions will be around $20. For now, that's just a guess. Best of luck out there, travelers!