An HD remaster of GameCube era RPG Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was announced earlier this year during E3. Today Square Enix has announced a release date for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition: January 23, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Switch, and iOS and Android mobile devices. The game will be shown for the first time at the Tokyo Game Show this week.
The remastered co-op RPG features enhanced visuals and audio, new character voiceovers, new dungeons and bosses, and new artifacts to equip. The most important feature is the ability to play the uniquely cooperative RPG online with up to four players.
The original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles launched on the RPG-starved GameCube in 2004. It was noteworthy for two reasons. At the time it was the first Final Fantasy game on a Nintendo console in 10 years (the big RPG series had jumped to the CD-using Sony PlayStation). Second it was a spin-off of the primary series that was more combat-focused and included local co-op with up to four players by linking their Game Boy Advances via the GBA link cable, allowing the handheld to be used as an advanced controller.
Critics and fans were generally positive, and the spin-off would become a short-lived series on its own, releasing entries for the Nintendo DS and Wii.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Previous entries in the spin-off series have been rated T for Teen.