[UPDATE: This was most likely originally planned to be announced during the Nintendo Direct that occurred earlier today. The game will be on both Nintendo Switch and PS4 when it launches in 2019.]
The official Final Fantasy YouTube account recently revealed the first glimpse of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition. The original Crystal Chronicles was released in 2003 on GameCube.
In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, players are tasked with adventuring across the land in a caravan in order to locate rare trees that produce “myrrh.” The world is engulfed in a poisonous substance called Miasma, and gathering enough myrrh allows your settlement to remain free of the poison for another year.
The original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was created to play as a cooperative multiplayer experience. The original required every player to have their own Gameboy Advance, along with a special cord to connect it to the GameCube itself. From there, each player would use the Gameboy Advance to control their character, then switch to their Advance’s screen to view their inventory, map, monster information, and more.
Mechanically, this leveraged multiplayer as each player would receive a different map at the start of the level, forcing them to discuss directives and strategies with their friends. For example, one person may have a map of the level’s treasure chests, while someone else receives a map of all enemy locations. A player may try and rush to the treasure, but find they’ll need to rely on their partner to make sure no dangers are waiting.
These cooperative elements are what made the game excel, but with the required accessories needed to play the game, many players were unable to break the barrier of entry necessary to experience it at its best. Though no information is known about the remaster, it will be interesting to see how Square Enix plans to adjust the mechanics for this game.
This game was a highlight growing up, where three friends and myself spent many long nights travelling deeper into the Miasma to learn more about the world. What do you think of the latest announcement? Are you interested in giving it a go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!