Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, one of the trickiest of the classic Final Fantasy games to play “correctly,” is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition. You can watch the game’s first trailer at the top of this post.
The original Crystal Chronicles was released back in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, and required four Game Boy Advance systems and link cables to play the full multiplayer experience. One character had to carry the crystal chalice that would allow your party to move through the poisonous miasma that covered the world, although the chalice could also be put down in order to fight.
All the menus and actions for your character were displayed on the portable system’s screen, including a map that only gave limited information to each player. This meant that verbal communication between all the players was crucial if you wanted to get anywhere or work together with your spells. It was a beautiful, complicated and expensive mess to play in the way it was intended. It was also worth it, as anyone who put together a crew with all the proper hardware will tell you.
The implementation of the original multiplayer makes sense on the Nintendo Switch, but we’ll have to wait and see how the PlayStation 4 version will attempt to emulate it ... or if that version of the game will have more traditional multiplayer. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is coming to Japan in 2019, and there is not yet official word on an international release.