It’s a bit of a mouthful to say, but Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered will be releasing on PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices on August 27, 2020.
As a remaster, the storyline remains the same from the original Crystal Chronicles. However, a number of updates are being implemented. All new HD-quality graphics, as well as UI improvements and a mini-map, are being added. Plus, new “post-game” dungeons are being added for players looking for new experiences after they finish the main storyline. English language voiceover tracks have been recorded for the first time for the characters, which will certainly make for a new experience. Additionally, Kumi Tanioka (who composed the original musical score) is coming back with over fifty tracks of new music as well as all-new recordings of “Sound of The Wind” and “Starry Moonlit Night.”
From a technical perspective, the release of the game on four different platforms might pose a problem, but Square Enix has implemented full cross-platform play across all versions. Players will be able to connect with each other and play together no matter which platform they are on. Save data will also be portable, so a player who starts the campaign on one platform can take their save and pick up exactly where they left off on another platform, certainly helpful for PS4 players and Switch players who might have to leave their console in the dock.
Finally, for those who haven’t played previously or who are leery about remasters in general, Square Enix has also announced Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Lite, a demo version of the game with access to the first three dungeons completely free. Even better, if one player has the Lite version and another has the full game, the Lite player can still join up with the full player and have access to ten more dungeons.
The titling might be difficult to get out, but the game itself looks to be promising for Final Fantasy fans everywhere.