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!