E3 06: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Impressions

We take a look at the trailer for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers.

LOS ANGELES--Today at the Square Enix press conference, Akitoshi Kawazu, the executive producer for the Crystal Chronicles series of games, announced Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers for the Nintendo Wii.

Unfortunately, there wasn't any actual gameplay footage on display today, as appeared to be standard for Square Enix's Wii offerings. Instead, they offered up a minute-long or so CGI trailer of the game, which began with the customary four adventurers riding across a large plain, near the edge of a huge cliff, on top of four of the yellowest chocobos you're likely to see anytime soon. Soon enough, their speed was matched by a huge shape that started to resolve in the clouds off the side of the cliff. After a moment, it burst out of the cloud bank and was revealed to be an airship of the traditional Final Fantasy mold.

After that little snippet ended, the action resumed as the characters that rode the chocobos were standing atop a cliff, looking across at a stupendously large crystal that was suspended above a large chasm. There appeared to be some kind of city or structure built atop the mountain-size crystal, which the travelers were looking at with smiles on their faces. One of them, a young boy, appeared to initiate a Bahamut summon, and with that, the trailer ended.

Although there wasn't any gameplay on display, Toshiyiki Itahuna, the director of the game, promises that it will be a "daring fusion of graphics and style that is full of life, while still maintaining basic RPG tradition." GameSpot will have more details on The Crystal Bearers as they become available, so stay tuned!

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40 comments
bibu94
bibu94

this game will be canceled,or at least it will be launched after de echoes of time.The launch date is not even set yet =/

Tailscoolio
Tailscoolio

Is there any chance they'll change it to multiplayer? i think it would play so much better with friends...

gohan661
gohan661

according to gameplay.co.uk this game is released 27 June 2008

mutantchowder
mutantchowder

When does it come out. I can't wait anymore. DanteDiPasquale and Darklink have good points. The last game really wasn't an RPG.

DanteDiPasquale
DanteDiPasquale

Also want to point out to some people the original Crystal Chronicles was NOT a standard JRPG. It was more along the lines of a Zelda title. Combat was action based and you gained no experience (to my chagrin) and instead collected items that boosted stats or granted spells after beating a level.

DanteDiPasquale
DanteDiPasquale

Please for the love of the Gaming Gods have a freaking leveling system.

FFadikt
FFadikt

hope it comes out soon

Yoshilila
Yoshilila

hey darklink its even saying that it's got online PLAY so playing ALONE, ONLINE doesn't seem logically XD but still i hope it's kind of a continued version of FFCC cause that would really be awesome

darkIink
darkIink

To fans of the first FFCC for gamecube: this game will not play like the original, it seems to be single-player based. if you want to play a sequel to FFCC1, get FFCC: rings of fate for DS, I think it's coming out next spring. I loved KH2, thought it was the ps2's best game, so i hope the game has similar combat. i also liked TP's waggle swordplay, so I hope they throw that in there too, along with the magic like cure and firaga.

xTHAWx
xTHAWx

I wasn't a massive fan of the previous CC game. I prefer the other Final Fantasy games, but I did enjoy playing CC. It just got a bit repetitive after a bit. Hopefully CC2, which looks pretty amazing so far, will improve on the first one. Good to see Square-Enix doling out some games for the Wii though!

lapyx
lapyx

I really home this lives up to the old Crystal Chronicles for gamecube.. that game was amazing :)

BenevolentEnemy
BenevolentEnemy

I'm not convinced, the trailer sounded really generic... I also have trouble with sitting around playing turn-based RPG's on consoles (but not handhelds) so I've got my fingers crossed for an action-RPG style innovation happening. It's the Wii, it's all about actions and action.

Yoshilila
Yoshilila

Wahoo i always wanted to buy a wii but every time i had money well i had to spend it for other games but now since i already have the final fantasy crystal chronicles for the GC i am gonna buy this game here and the one for the ds so i have all of the final fantasy crystal chronicles games. So thats why i am gonna buy a WII for sure now=) 1.) i might have the WII until the end of this year 2.) see ya guys online and i really hope that its got a good online gaming cause i hope its like the gamecube part where u take one of ur characters (that u already made in single player or u make one at that time) and use them in multyplayer 3.) i hope they still have the item get thingy where u always got something after u finished a place AND i hope they make this game able like actually all other final fantasy games to lvl ur character up 4.) i really do hope that its like bloodychimp said so we dont have to carry the crystal around well... that is if there is miasma existing at that time cause in final fantasy crystal chronicles u actually get rid of it. XD ^^ =) like i said see ya on the net bye bye

Andonio
Andonio

It's gonna be cool. But I wonder how they'll use the Wii mote.

clappy101
clappy101

woo my wishes answer final fantasy for the wii :D

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

no it doesn't, not in the least/sarcasm, but I wonder who may have assumed what, did GS say it was or did SE say t was, meh, it was still close to a year away from the release of FFIII, so, yeah...

MrNemesis
MrNemesis

Instead, they offered up a minute-long or so CGI trailer of the game, which began with the customary four adventurers riding across a large plain, near the edge of a huge cliff, on top of four of the yellowest chocobos you're likely to see anytime soon. Soon enough, their speed was matched by a huge shape that started to resolve in the clouds off the side of the cliff. After a moment, it burst out of the cloud bank and was revealed to be an airship of the traditional Final Fantasy mold. Is it me or does that sound like Final Fantasy 3 for the DS.

renagadez187
renagadez187

I've never played a Final Fantasy game ever. Maybe I should start now? It does looking interesting and I do have a Wii!

audiotycoon
audiotycoon

I think the Wii Controller might be better suited than ds. If you turn it sideways, it's simplistic, but longways with a nunchuck it is innovative. The only thing the ds brings is many fumbly buttons and the screens which could be used for maps and menus. (A help, but I'd rather use a wiimote) If you're playing wifi, than you all have your own screen anyway.

bloodychimp
bloodychimp

this game would be amazing if they let us use the wii-motes and took away the stupid chalice thing, or had a moogle carry it even in multiplayer. it was annoying to have one of your players always pretty much neutralized. the gba connection thing was a good idea, and me an my brother had a lot of fun playing the game together, but it was hard to get any of our friends to buy the hardware to play the game with us, and it only really shined with four people.

skywalker333
skywalker333

hmmm, can the guys in gamespot push square a little and squeeze some info out of them? the last info we got is 7 months old for crying out loud!

ignoman
ignoman

Hopefully they will not require 4 GBAs or DSs like the last Crystal Chronicles... the game was a decent multiplayer action RPG, but not mind-blowing enough to warrant buying all that hardware and the cables. Not to mention few other games ever used the connection... That said... it's a FF game, so I'll be playing it without a doubt ^_^

Ekkruker
Ekkruker

Anyone who complains about the original needing GBA's should just give up on life now. That's the whole thing that made it great. If this game does NOT utilize the NDS->Wii connection, I will be wildly dissapointed and likely will not purchase it. I would direct any with complaints on the subject here: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/08/25

joeschmoe921
joeschmoe921

I was a little dissapointed with the original crystal chronicles, it just got repetetive. Sure the levels were different, but there didn't seem to be a story. Maybe this will change, but if it's CC2, then i doubt it.

Treifla
Treifla

i don't know why everybody had a problem with the chalice, it wasn't really all that much of an inconveinence. whenever you got in trouble you just droped it and got your moogle friend to pick it up, it's not like you had to protect the chalice carrier or anything and it's not like they didn't give you a huge amount of space to fight in. i loved FF:CC 1, i thought it was a great idea, especially the combat style, i can only see good thhings coming out off #2

shawnd0517
shawnd0517

I wonder if they are going to use the action-rpg fighting style they used in the first CC, or the turn-based? Hopefully they will return to turn-based, but it would make it hard for multiplayer. And unless they are going to have a moogle you can customize carry about the chalice the whole game, I could do without it. Also, anyone know of an official release date(I'm guessing they won't make launch, haha)?

kairnz
kairnz

The title i'm most looking forward to on the Wii

Pious_Maximus
Pious_Maximus

If you will only use the Wiimote, then its going to be a great game. I think the problem of FF:CC was the GCN-GBA connection.

Goombaloo
Goombaloo

I hope it's better than FF:CC 1....

lsantos
lsantos

no way Ryuken14, you'll have to use seperate Nintendo DS, duh.

mediaplaykid64
mediaplaykid64

If it got my chocobos & airships I'm so in. (o yea it have to have some of those good look'n summon monsters i luv so much)

Eragon321
Eragon321

I cant wait. But the chalice got annoying thats why I did 2 player and had the other person carry it. Hope this one doesnt have it.

Bengiano
Bengiano

Im really looking forward to this game, havent played a final fantasy game sins final fantasy X, i think that they have gone to wild for my taste, i hope that this game can containg the final fantasy feeling

jonthebig
jonthebig

Wow, I cant wait for this game to come out. Hopefully you wont have to carry the stupid chalice around in this one...

Ryuken14
Ryuken14

i wonder what this one is all about? i wonder if you have to use gameboys again to play multiplayer?

YukiSan
YukiSan

I like the first one a lot so as long as it is like that. But whoa! Bahamut! I always said the one thing the game was missing was summons. Go Wii!

Toshido201
Toshido201

I hope you don't have to deal with the crystal chalice again.