Square Enix's anticipated title makes its way to stores after Christmas.
Today, Square Enix finally announced a release date for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, revealing that the anticipated Nintendo Wii title will be available before the end of this year. First announced in 2005, and then shown off only briefly in the years to follow, The Crystal Bearers has long been a promise of things to come, delivering not only the best-selling franchise but also what appeared to be some of the best graphics on the popular console to date. Of course, since its initial unveiling, a number of other Final Fantasy games have beaten The Crystal Bearers to the system – including the more recent Echoes of Time, released earlier this year – but the title has maintained a strong following despite delays. When The Crystal Bearers arrives on the 26th of December (an odd date, to be sure), players will take control of Layle, a one of the feared crystal bearers endowed with strange abilities, as he explores the world and faces a figure from the past. For more information on Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, be sure to check out the official press release below:
LOS ANGELES (September 14, 2008) — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS® for Wii™ will be available at North American retailers on December 26, 2009.
This latest installment in the franchise offers a fresh take on the beloved CRYSTAL CHRONICLES universe, launching the series into the action-adventure genre and onto the Wii system. FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS combines the storytelling depth, immersive event scenes and graphical quality of the FINAL FANTASY franchise with motion-driven gameplay and the ability to freely explore the game world.
Enter a world where realistic gameplay and fantastical art direction combine for a truly unique experience on Wii. Accessible for gamers of all ages and levels of expertise, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS invites players to embark on an unforgettable adventure this holiday season.
A thousand years have passed since the events of the original FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES. The destruction of the Yuke Crystal during the Great War had at once brought the victorious Lilty Tribe prosperity, the defeated Yuke Tribe apparent annihilation, and the world a new age of science and reason. In this new era exists a rare breed of powerful beings called "crystal bearers," whose seemingly magical abilities have led them to be feared and scorned by the public. The young mercenary Layle is one such crystal bearer, who has been hired to escort the new passenger airship Alexis, the pinnacle of Lilty technology and a symbol of their current dominance. However, when the Alexis is suddenly besieged by a horde of monsters, Layle comes face-to-face with an adversary thought to have vanished from the pages of history, on a quest that may threaten the future of the world...
- Enjoy a new chapter of the series that takes place a thousand years after the events of the original FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES, where technology has advanced to its peak and magic is considered taboo
- Encounter the first FINAL FANTASY game developed exclusively for Wii, complete with motion-driven gameplay and intuitive controls that are accessible for gamers of all levels. Enjoy a variety of actions and third-person shooter style gameplay
- Step into the hero's shoes and experience the action first-hand! Control Layle's crystal bearer powers to battle adversaries, navigate through obstacles and move objects at will in a highly interactive environment
- Traverse the terrain, swing from high places or take a swim in a world in which all areas are open for exploration
- With an extra Wii Remote™, friends and family can jump in to assist the player in times of need
FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS will be available for Wii for $49.99.
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