Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition gets January release date

The 2004 GameCube classic Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles now has a release date, along with a handful of brand new features.

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Square Enix isn't waiting for Tokyo Game Show to start before bringing out some of its big news. On Sunday night, the publisher rolled out an exciting announcement from Japan regarding one of its big remasters. No, not Final Fantasy VII. No, not Final Fantasy VIII. The other big remaster. Yes, we're talking about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. And nearly a year to the date that the remaster was announced, this classic now has a release date.

Some might be asking, "Wait, what is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles?" If you're among them, that might be understandable. This classic was first seen on the GameCube, way back in the early 00s, where it sold over one million copies. This game brought more of an action-RPG experience to multiple players, with up to four friends joining forces to battle monsters, explore dungeons, and save their village from a deadly substance called Miasma by collecting myrrh from local trees. The remaster was first unveiled during the 2018 Tokyo Game Show.

The latest 2019 TGS trailer introduces several elements that are brand new to the remaster. That includes character voiceovers, new character skins, online multiplayer with cross-platform play, and new dungeons and challenges to undertake as a team. And of course, this game is getting a graphical upgrade to something more on par with 2019 console gaming. The trailer above should offer a closer look.

If you're looking to wrangle together a few friends, you won't have much longer to wait. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is set to release on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android on January 23. We'll be sure to update this post with more information as it arrives. And make sure to keep it on Shacknews all week, as we offer updates on all the latest from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

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    September 8, 2019 8:22 PM

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      September 9, 2019 12:50 AM

      IS THAT ALSO UNANNOUNCED NEW RECORDINGS OF THE MUSIC????

      Also maybe plz to re-release the score new or old?

      I say this as a massive fan of the music of FF6, Crystal Chronicles has the best score of any game baring the name Final Fantasy. If only by a hair and by the choice to use use a very specific constrained set of instruments... save during the credits. It's really good stuff.

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        September 9, 2019 5:02 AM

        Type 0's music > Crystal Chronicles' music :'(

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      September 9, 2019 1:37 AM

      Square is creatively bankrupt.

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        September 9, 2019 5:28 AM

        Better than being actually bankrupt, I guess. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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        September 9, 2019 5:32 AM

        On the other hand, I think it's great that they're making older games available for modern platforms. They have an amazing back catalog and it'd be a shame for it all to be tied to dead systems.

        As a bonus, hopefully being brought forward to modern systems will mean forward compatibility with at least the next two generations

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          September 9, 2019 6:36 AM

          Hardly anyone got to play it the first time around. I might be one of the only people in the world who can play (with 4 people) the original release right now.

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            September 9, 2019 9:04 AM

            It was maybe a month after I found three old GBAs SP to go with my SP (and classic GBA), got them charged up and fully tested with games and my old GC/GBA cables that they announced the Switch port, and I couldn't even be mad, because yeah, barely anyone got to play the game the first time around.

            I'm excited that folks get to play it without a bunch of extra hassle. Especially as the coop layered magic casting mechanic was pretty neat, like a proto-Magika.

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              September 9, 2019 9:07 AM

              It was interesting, hard to get some of the better spells off (here's looking at you, Stopaga) and I'm curious as to how picky it's going to be over a network.

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              September 9, 2019 9:27 AM

              I've got Crystal Chronicles, PacMan Vs., and Zelda 4-Swords Adventures ready to go :)

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                September 9, 2019 9:37 AM

                Somehow I had totally forgotten about PacMan Vs. until some devs broke it out on a stream a few weeks ago, and I think that's the only required for (multiplayer) gameplay GCN-GBA connect games that I don't have, unless there's a fourth one out there.

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                  September 9, 2019 9:48 AM

                  The GC version of Wind Waker used it for the second player option. It was fun mostly to break the game though.

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                    September 9, 2019 9:50 AM

                    Haha, I vaguely recall something like "BOMBS EVERYWHERE!" It was fun.

                    And while not multiplayer related, it felt like it was a notable addition for Animal Crossing, especially if you're looking backwards, because that's how you get the texture creator, and also how you visit the island.

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              September 9, 2019 9:30 AM

              I mean at the time it was a lot of hardware to ask for. 1x Gamecube (which was selling around $150 at the time) + 4x GBA's (likely SP's given the backlight issue, $50-$80 each) + $60 game + 4x connector cables (at, IIRC, $20 each) so yeah, for part time job me I spent like a month's earning on the setup and game (albeit, I had the console & TV already).

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                September 9, 2019 11:04 AM

                I remember really wanting it, but this was at a time in my life where I was a poor E-2 and my only gaming device was a SP. Even if I did pick up all the equipment, most of my co-workers were Madden and CoD bros, so I doubt they would have played anyways. FFCC has always been a white whale game for me, so I'm glad I'll have the opportunity to finally play it.

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            September 9, 2019 9:31 AM

            I played the original release 4 player on a couch just ONCE in my whole entire life. I vaguely recall it was fun.

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        September 9, 2019 7:02 AM

        This game is a classic and is very difficult to replay due to the weird controller requirements. So releasing this again is awesome.

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      September 9, 2019 5:04 AM

      Love the idea of cross platform play, but I'd much rather some tweaks were made to accommodate solo play better :'(

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      September 9, 2019 6:01 AM

      Oh awesome. I loved that game.

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      September 9, 2019 11:01 AM

      One of those games I have incredibly fond memories of, but will certainly never revisit. The group I played with on GameCube (I actually bought my first Game Boy for it) is long dispersed.

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