Square Enix seeds new Crystal Chronicles

<i>Shonen Jump</i> reveals Echoes of Time for Wii and DS will hit Japanese shelves in January; game will support cross-platform online play, Miis on DS.

Square Enix first took the lid off of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - The Crystal Bearers for Nintendo's Wii way back at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Oddly, while that game has retained its TBA release status, Square Enix has opted to continue announcing--and releasing--other Crystal Chronicles offshoots of Square Enix's revered Final Fantasy franchise, including My Life as a King on WiiWare in May.

Today, one more Crystal Chronicles title was added to the franchise, and all signs point to it, also, beating The Crystal Bearers to market. As spotted by Gamekyo--nee JeuxFrance--the latest issue of Japanese mag Shonen Jump reveals Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time will arrive in the island nation for the Wii and Nintendo DS on January 29, 2009. Square Enix had not responded to requests for comment on a North American release date as of press time.

According to GameSpot's translation of the Shonen Jump article, Echoes of Time will allow for cross-platform online play between the Wii and DS versions. Also of note, players will be able to transfer Miis created on the Wii to the DS game. As opposed to the city-building focus of My Life as a King, Echoes of Time will also return to the original Crystal Chronicles' team-based action role-playing mechanics.

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42 comments
Drew-San
Drew-San

@Serbine: Final Fantasy CC:Ring of Fate was after the original Crystal Chronicles. A very long time, but the same storyline none the less. Side note: My Life as King was also the same storyline.

irongutvi
irongutvi

so which one's coming out first? crystal bearers or echoes of time?

bassy26
bassy26

sweeeet, back to the original FF:CC game play mechanics... so if they do this, there has to be online play! No online play will make this a real let down. Come on Square Enix, don't let us down.

Serbine
Serbine

This game is going to be really awesome:D, Bruno it's the sequel to Ring of Fate not the first Crystal Chronicles, also AbBaNdOn Rings of Fate Is just like the original Crystal Chronicle except it haa a different story.

Pazy160
Pazy160

I would love a sequel to My life as a king but what would be truly amazing would be if I could play my life as a king 2 and the adventurors were actually my friends playing echeos of time. It will never happen though, but ill hope :)

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

Cool, the cross platform play seems amazing.

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yas710yaf

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serentus
serentus

Maybe a good crystal chronicles this time >_>

robert060294
robert060294

i think this way better than the first one all you need is a ds and a wii not any wired for each ds tottally awesome

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

so... this will be the "true" sequel to the first one? not that ring of fates wasnt bad, far from that... but this ones actually reminds the first, from what i got

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

I've never played CC and I don't think I'll ever will though I've played every other FF except XI and XII CC only reminds me what nintendo gets from third parties little before I got the wii I was playing Dragon Quest VIII, Kingdom Hearts, FF X so I can't really stand CC

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

I loved the original CC and baught DS just so I could have Ring of Fate and it turned out to be a giant turd after two years of waiting for it. It had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the original CC game except for gameplay mechanics.

Im NOT getting hyped up over Echo's of Time but if SE takes CC back closer to its origins then it could be a really awesome game for the DS.

thps48
thps48

There's a preview site on the Japanese Square Enix site which revealed Echoes of Time to be... An MFing Ring of Fates update! D: Actually, I might play it using the Wii portion just to avoid the three-handed cluster****. Also, there's WiFi play... Wait, that was in the last one... Uhhhh... Well, it's still got that trademarked Squaresoft charm (Squaresoft being the half of Square Enix that makes Final Fantasy... Or is it a different fraction?) so my cup of "Me Wantee" is half full. Also, Ring of Fates and I assume Echoes of Time takes place a few eons before the first CC, guy that I didn't bother remembering your username...

padouke
padouke

lets hope the next crystal chronicles game for a home console will be worth playing. I didnt like the GC version one bit..

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

as long that boring lamp (that crystal that you had to more around to avoid the myst,,,, took way far too long, it bores everyone like hell) dosent take for ever to move by the friends that come around the house, and the action is a bit more speedy with a good selection of spells by class (aka black mage, white mage, warrior, monk) and good wii/ds functionality... Lets see, lets see... It was really anoying with the gba, all the cables and everything, this is more of an online game! better have online!!

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

Hmm i never played a Crystal Chronicle game yet... Maybe this is the one im waiting for...

X-Remnant
X-Remnant

This strikes me mostly as "meh".

Lazay727
Lazay727

I have yet to enjoy a crystal chronicles game. They all have horrible plots,weak characters, and decent yet average gameplay. I mean i want to enjoy it, it's just not anything special.

SonicTheMonkey
SonicTheMonkey

I need a good DS game to look forward to (Kirby SSU was awesome, though I'm close to done w/ it now), so maybe this could be it, should it be, you know, good. Ah, Metroid Dread WHERE ARE YOU???

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

Crystal Chronicles really has an unfair rap. The first game on the Gamecube was a pretty decent lil game except for it's ridiculous hardware requirements for the multiplayer. The DS game, CC: Rings of Fate, is just a really good game. With no hardware constraints, there is no reason for anyone to doubt the quality of a new Crystal Chronicles title. I'm actually pretty excited about Crystal Bearers, and now that I know about Echoes in Time i'll keep an optimistic eye out for it.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Meh, I'm still waiting for TCB, even if it IS still TBA'd, it looks a lot better than any Crystal Chronicles games both released and to come... if they ever get around to releasing it, that is.

ClaudeLv250
ClaudeLv250

I'm sort of torn. If you look at the screens and the info you can clearly tell the Wii version of the game is just the DS version running/emulated on the Wii's hardware, graphics, control scheme and all. On the other hand, cross platform play between Wii and DS is really cool and should appeal to quite a lot of people, since I know a few on the run who would only be able to play this on the DS.

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

Cross-platform play, eh? Interesting. I wonder how that's going to work.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I'm a longtime fan of the Final Fantasy series -- been buying and playing them since the NES days -- but I have yet to play a Crystal Chronicles game that didn't bore me to tears.

NiteX
NiteX

What happen to the Crystal Bearers? It looked incredible.

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NiteX

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NiteX
NiteX

Where the hell is the Crystal Bearers? It looked incredible.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

the reason the gamecube one got boring for me is because i only had my gba sp and 2 cables for connect with a friend now with the Ds it will work better and i can finally get 4 people to play without the need of a special cable...NICE

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

Where I respect the peoples' opinions of which who like the Crystal Chronicle series, I personally find that they grow very stale and boring as you go along the game, personally I can't find this one to be any different.

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

The CC series hasn't been fantastic by far, hopefully this'll change it all.

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siLVURcross

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R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

sounds interesting. Loved the gamecube game

da_chub
da_chub

this actually gets me a little excited. Square-enix finally relaseing a good game for the Wii!!!

Ekiguchi
Ekiguchi

to me FF:CC are my favorite final fantasy games cuz I like RPG games and CO OP multiplayer games

kos1085
kos1085

While I love the main FF games, I have not be impressed by the three crystal chronicles games that I have played so I will most likely pass on this game.

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

that seems pretty cool, finally more wii-ds connectivity

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

hmm. if only translations weren't as messy as they are we could could get some great info but o well. hope the games are good. each bad game brings gaming down a little imo... but each good game brings it up :)