It's been a while since we've heard from Square Enix about the remaster for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, hasn't it? The game got a few sneak peeks at various events over the past year, but no solid release date... until today! Square revealed the official date for all platforms, and thankfully, it's soon(ish): August 27th. This release is a rather notable one for the game, as it means it will be the first time Crystal Chronicles is playable on a PlayStation platform. The original game was equally notable for being the first Final Fantasy game on a Nintendo platform since Final Fantasy VI. VI, as many know, was the last game Nintendo held host to before the big split that birthed PlayStation and (subsequently) Final Fantasy VII. Even though Crystal Chronicles was a spinoff to the main series, it was a welcome re-introduction to Nintendo fans, and a big hit with co-op players.
Crystal Chronicles follows the story of four adventurers who set out to obtain energy for crystals. These crystals are responsible for protecting people from Miasma, a poison that can end all life as they know it. The gameplay is similar to other hack-n-slash RPGs of the era, with each traveler possessing their own unique abilities based on their race. While exploring, there are various puzzles to solve as you progress. The remastered version takes everything from the original and covers it with a brand new coat of paint. Thankfully, that's not the only difference this time around. New additions have been added to the remaster, the most notable being online multiplayer. In the original, multiplayer would be set up via a GameBoy Advance link cable for up to four players. The remaster will let you join others in their quest online, and the best part: Crossplay is supported between consoles! A welcome addition, and a nice thing to see from the get-go in this day and age.