Back in May, we learned of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition release date of August 27, 2020. Originally released in 2003 on the Nintendo GameCube, fans have been waiting for a remake of the classic action RPG for several years. Now, with less than a month to go before release, Square Enix is pulling the curtain back even further to reveal some of the new features in the game and to give newcomers a look at what to expect.
Let’s take a deeper look into Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition!
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Details
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Release date: August 27, 2020
Developer: The Game Designers Studio
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action role-playing
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer (1-4 players)
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition overview
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is an intriguing action RPG that follows a group of adventurers. Known as the Crystal Caravans, the adventurers embark on an epic journey to search for a precious and rare liquid called myrrh. This liquid cleanses and maintains a crystal that protects their world from the deadly miasma.
In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition you can call upon magic and might and team up with faraway friends to take down fearsome foes! You can even enlist comrades to your crystal caravan in online multiplayer mode with up to four players. Adventure and exploration await your caravan in brand new lands teeming with wonder.
New features added to the game
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition features a whole slew of new and upgraded content. And, even if you have played the original version of the game, there are plenty of new surprises to be discovered. Here is a list of some of the new features in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition:
- Play together online with friends in a caravan of up to four players, or make new ones through party matchmaking, anytime anywhere. Cross-play is possible between all versions of the game: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS and Android.
- Enjoy improved 3D HD graphics and English voiceover (for the first time ever!).
- Discover an expanded adventure with new boss battles to fight, weapons to wield, character appearance variants, and more!
- Mimic mode to transform your character’s appearance
- Mini-map now always visible at the top right of the screen
- New gear and upgrade items
- Quick Chat feature to easily communicate with friends during gameplay
- New recordings of beloved songs “Sound of the Wind” and “Starry Moonlit Night” and in-game narration by Donna Burke (in English) and Yae (in Japanese)
- New music composed by the game’s original composer Kumi Tanioka
The world of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition
In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, you venture out to gather drops of myrrh to cleanse the crystal protecting your town, Tipa, from the deadly miasma. During your journey, you’ll encounter ferocious monsters, labyrinthine dungeons, and new companions and some very unique adventurers. But, before your adventure begins you’ll need to create your character!
When first starting out, you choose your character from one of four tribes: Clavats, Lilties, Yukes, and Selkies. Each tribe has unique strengths and different character variations to choose from. You can create your character based on a variety of criteria including gender, tribe, variations for each tribe, family jobs, and even voices can be selected for your character.
Adventurers you’ll meet along the way
On your journey, you’ll encounter a variety of characters that will sometimes be beneficial for your caravan and other times not. Let’s take a look at a few of the characters that you’ll meet along the way (pictured at bottom left to right).
First, Leuda Caravan, a couple that travels where the wind takes them. Both Hana and Dah are a couple of Selkies who enjoy the journey, rather than focusing on their mission to collect drops of myrrh. However, once they put their minds to something, they act quickly.
Next, Black Knight, a mysterious knight who wonders the land. This mysterious knight appears suddenly throughout the land. The Black Knight is said to be on a journey to hone his skills as a knight, but now he attacks anyone and everyone. All that’s known is that he fights to regain something that was stolen from him.
Finally, Gurdy, a con artist who has lost his memories. Gurdy travels to various parts of the world to deceive people and make money while in pursuit of the orig. He has no recollection of his past, aside from the fact that he has an older brother, Hurdy, who is a traveling preacher. However, he also says he has never even met Hurdy. He will quietly hum original lyrics from time to time, but no one knows the truth behind them.
Basic battle mechanics
Your characters perform basic attacks by using the weapon they have equipped and can attack successively by pressing the attack button with good timing. However, by pressing and holding the attack button you can target your enemy to aim and attack.
Alternatively, you can charge up a standard attack to perform a Focus Attack. Some make you jump into close-range of your enemy to deal damage, whilst others shoot blasts from a distance. Characters can use different focus attacks depending on their equipped weapon. So, make sure to change your weapon according to the situation in battle.
Magic can be used collecting magicite from fallen enemies. However, when you leave a dungeon, you’ll lose all your magicite, so you’ll need to find them again when revisiting an area.
Various items useful to the caravan can be purchased in town and village facilities. Aside from food and consumable items, you can also purchase a selection of materials and recipes used to craft equipment. Items sold at shops are generally obtainable in dungeons, so it is important to spend your money wisely. Additionally, blacksmiths can create new weapons and armour for you. The equipment that can be created differs by blacksmith from town to town.
When wandering around dungeons, you’ll come across artifacts that you can pickup and use. Some increase base stats, like attack power, defence or magic. And, some increase command slots, or the number of hearts your character has. However, artifacts you pick up will disappear when you leave the dungeon. On the other hand, when you clear a dungeon you can take an artifact as a reward. Unlike the artifacts you pick up in the dungeon, the ones you choose to take back as a reward stay with you permanently.
Records of your encounters with other Caravans, new towns, and dungeon exploration are all recorded in your diary. It’s important to frequently check your diary as it can sometimes give you hints in your ongoing adventure. Additionally, letters and items will arrive from your family as you embark on your adventure. The letters with your family will change depending on your replies. And, it’s up to you whether to read the letters, reply, or even send an item back.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition launches August 27, 2020
Now that I know even more about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, I’m even more excited to play it! I can’t wait to see how the new features enhance gameplay like the mimic mode. I’m also excited to try out the new quick chat feature and looking forward to playing with my friends no matter what platform they are on.
Keep your eye on the Best Buy Blog for our review on Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition in the coming weeks.
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I am x=so excited for this game! I will definitely be playing it on my Switch day 1! Thanks for the preview, I look forward to seeing your review when it comes out!
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