One of Final Fantasy's stranger spinoffs is finally getting its revival. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile on August 27, 2020.
Crystal Chronicles, an action-RPG about a group setting out to protect their world from a deadly miasma, is a bit of an odd game compared to usual Final Fantasy fare. Announced in 2018, the remaster can be played co-op, and new for this version, players can team up across platforms online. That means PS4, Switch, and smartphone players can all journey together as one big, happy caravan.
Save data can also transfer between devices. While that's a little bit of a moot point for Switch, those playing on PS4 can still pick up a quest on their iPhone or Android while on the go, or even on their Switch. Even though it was delayed last year from its original date, the addition of cross-platform co-op seems like it was worth the wait.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles originally launched for the GameCube in 2003 for Japan, following in 2004 for Europe and North America. It had a slightly different form of co-op, utilizing the GameBoy Advance link cable to allow multiple players to journey together as a party, as well as shop and perform other functions. It was a novel idea at the time, though it required a pretty significant hardware investment. Still, it managed to spin off a number Crystal Chronicles titles to follow, including The Crystal Bearers for Wii and Ring of Fates for the Nintendo DS.
With the remaster, Crystal Chronicles might get to show it's a bit more than a novelty. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered hits PS4, Switch, Android, and iOS on August 27.