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Square Enix announced today that it is releasing a remastered version of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for PlayStation 4, via Kotaku. It is coming out in Japan in 2019. We do not have word on a U.S. release yet.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles came out for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003. It was a big deal at the time for being the first Final Fantasy game to release for a Nintendo home console since the Super Nintendo days. But Crystal Chronicles is an unorthodox Final Fantasy experience. It focuses on four-player cooperative action. It also has players using Game Boy Advance handhelds as controllers, requiring the use of link cables.

The experience was innovative but cumbersome. A remastered version that gets rid of the link cables and adds the convenience of online multiplayer could make the game better than it ever was.


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Crystal Chronicles became its own subseries inside the Final Fantasy universe. But the last entry, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles — The Crystal Bearers for Wii, came out back in 2009. The series has been dormant, but this remaster of the original brings it back to life.

Update, 4:15 a.m. Pacific: The remaster is also coming to Switch.


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