Final Fantasy Crystal Bearers arrive on Wii Dec. 26

Square Enix's latest take on Crystal Chronicles role-playing spin-off series set for North American launch at year's end.

On the day after Christmas, when gamers hit the stores en masse to exchange ill-advised gifts for the things they really wanted, Square Enix is hoping to catch their eyes with a rarely spotted creature: an anticipated new release in the last week of the year. The publisher today announced that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers will go on sale in North America on December 26.

In the world of The Crystal Bearers, magic of any sort is taboo.

Final Fantasy fans have been looking forward to The Crystal Bearers for years. The title was first announced in May of 2006, half a year before the Wii first went on sale. At the time, the game's director, Toshiyiki Itahuna, promised it would be a "daring fusion of graphics and style that is full of life while still maintaining the basic role-playing game tradition."

Although it takes place in the same universe as the original Crystal Chronicles, the Crystal Bearers picks up the story 1,000 years down the line and trades in the multiplayer-focused action for on-rails shooting segments with third-person action. The game will still allow some multiplayer fun, as a second player with an extra Wii Remote can lend limited assistance.

While Square Enix's role-playing franchise has made appearances on the Wii before, The Crystal Bearers has been dubbed by the publisher as the "first major Final Fantasy experience for the Wii." Apparently not qualifying as "major" releases were Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, and the downloadable offerings Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord.

For more on The Crystal Bearers, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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38 comments
Slash_out
Slash_out

I thought the one on the pic was a girl... And well apparently from the video it's a male... Yay for girly looking heroes -_-.

keith577500
keith577500

WAIT THIS YEAR!? i was a pretty big FFCC fan since the original but the newest one echoes of time was a bit of a crappy game im glad there taking this game for real

lyoko411
lyoko411

CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NuKkU
NuKkU

thise crystal spinoff games arent usually that good so i pass

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

...or you could buy Dissidia: Final Fantasy right now. Sorry but my God that game is fun. I can't stop playing it.

XeonForce
XeonForce

If they really are taking the multiplayer segment out, then you can count me out. I was one of the few big fans of the original FF:CC, and what drew me in was the aesthetic hack-n-slash multiplayer co-op feel. That's what the FF:CC series has always been about, so why do they want to change it? I'm a little worried...

Link_86
Link_86

Bout freakin time, I'll be one of the few looking to buy this game on day freaking one! This actually looks like something playable, since the original FFCC

hm360
hm360

UK release please, Square Enix?

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

@lamprey263 I agree with you for the most part but the other thing is in this case people who want the game are going to get it whenever it shipps and it won't get lost in the shuffle of Wii Fits and other stuff at Christmas.

joynul
joynul

finally a date for the game. what about the uk?

Serbine
Serbine

Great to hear the game getting release this year:D, also the game has a similar gameplay styIe to the Legend of Zelda game expect you fight with Gravitation Magic(In other word Jedi Force Power), the on-rail shooting part are limited to event scene example when Layle(the guy in the picture above)fall off(or Jump off, Not too sure)the airship and go into an all out air battle with those dragons. P.S. Buy this game you'll love it:D.

da_chub
da_chub

people have tons of gift certs. after xmas, that is why they doing it then....2nd biggest shopping day of year.....and i know i will be getting it then!!!!

lamprey263
lamprey263

@x8VXU6 - "why didnt they release the game like a week before X-mas they could have made more money" The Japanese have never understood that 4th quarter (holiday sales) are significantly much higher in the West, I've even heard that sales in this period account for almost half the annual revenues for the video game industry. I think you're right, they would have made more money releasing this before Christmas. Then agian, because 4th quarter sales have so much profit potential you sometimes see very competitive release times between games, or certain publishers will push back release dates if they think something won't do well if they release it earlier, and often look for release windows where compitition won't be so high. Maybe that's what they're doing here... but to my surprise, this year's 4th quarter doesn't have as much competition as say all the games that came out last year in October and November, games like Fallout 3, Fable 2, Little Big Planet, Resitance 2, Motorstorm 2, Left 4 Dead, Gears of War 2, Call of Duty: WaW, Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, Endwar, Tomb Raider Underworld, Far Cry 2, and these titles all came out within a month of each other, and they all got relatively great reviews but some titles suffered poorer than expected sales due to competition.

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

why didnt they release the game like a week before X-mas they could have made more money

Cruse34
Cruse34

probably shoulf have bumped it up a week because most stores won't have got it out yet (at least in Canada)

emjwings87
emjwings87

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ruffluffs
ruffluffs

meh I expect an average of 7.5 at the highest from most reviews I will probably never buy anything with on rails shooting. they are kinda fun but not worth their usual price tags

hobo_wrath
hobo_wrath

@ Kakua_Omari It could be weirder. Don't forget Darksiders 1/1/10 release date. personally i think that's a weirder release date than this. but yeah your right this is a pretty odd release date.

Mr_Mooooo
Mr_Mooooo

Kaboom, I'm guessing you are too ignorant to realize that's boxing day in many countries that day, which will greatly increase sales.

TpaulH
TpaulH

Hey the 26th is actually a somewhat decent idea... sure lots of kids get their games on or before Christmas, but then they also get money and gift cards on Christmas. They'll want to be spending it, and probably not ON Christmas... so they spend it the day after! WHOAMG NOWAI HAX but in all seriousness, it's not the stupidest marketing move in the world. There's some logic behind it. And it won't have to compete quite as much with games releasing before or on Christmas. Emphasis on "quite". I'll be waiting to see how well (or not so well) this does.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

LMAO @ the release date. One day after x-mas? How dumb can you get

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

Really weird release date choice, but I look forward to picking it up.

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

Really weird release date choice, but I look forward to picking it up.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i don't mind the on rails parts, as long as they aren't a large portion of the game. that's mainly why i don't care for rail shooters. it's alright sometimes but for an entire game, no thanks.

ChrisDM823
ChrisDM823

why would they take out multiplayer?!

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

december 26th? why? that doesn't seem like a good idea

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

And then you have third party publishers wondering why their Wii games don't sell to expectations... It's in part because of dumb marketing moves like this. What 'inspired' Square-Enix to make a move like releasing this game AFTER Christmas is beyond anything I can comprehend. If this was an installment in the main Final Fantasy series, S-E would have never tried this, despite the fact that it would be one of the few gaming franchises to have a chance of pulling it off. Plus, games like New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Fit Plus aren't going anywhere after the holidays. Well, I'll be looking forward to the article in January/February where someone is pointing out the fact that the game flopped. That seems to be a popular topic these days. :P

kejigoto
kejigoto

Yea, on rails shooting I'm not too pumped for, but everything else you can count me in!

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

First of all it is a Wii game and second of all it is ANOTHER Final Fantasy game. So.......in the end who cares about this crap? \ \ As for releasing the game after Christmas....That is a great idea (but not for this game because it is crap). You see I get almost all the games that I want before or on Christmas. I also get money and gift cards. Come boxing day I want to spend this money......So it only makes logical sense that they provide something new for me to buy.

hashabnelah
hashabnelah

I personally think it is a wrong marketing move for Square-Enix to release this game after Christmas, as it will affect its sales unless it has a good dose of hype.

atopp399
atopp399

Other than the "on rails shooting segments" I am excited for this.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. Much welcomed. Almost as good as the forthcoming Wii price drop to $199.