Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is being delayed into summer 2020. Though the delay may be disappointing to folks who were looking forward to playing it next month, Square Enix has announced that in addition to online co-op cross-play between the PS4, Switch, Android, and iOS versions of the game, the remaster will also allow players to transfer save data between all four platforms.
Today we’re announcing that the release date for the game is being moved to Summer 2020. We’ve made the decision to adjust the release date to allow the development team some extra time to make final adjustments to the game to make this the best experience possible. [2/5]
— FINAL FANTASY (@FinalFantasy) December 12, 2019
First released for the GameCube in 2003, one of the major appeals of the new remaster is its streamlined cross-play multiplayer. While Crystal Chronicles’ single-player mode could be played with a standard GameCube controller, the local-only co-op content supported up to four players but required each to use a GameBoy Advance connected to the console with a link cable.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition has been delayed twice since it was first announced. Originally, Square Enix revealed the remaster in 2018 only as a title for the Switch and PS4, targeting a 2019 release date. At Tokyo Game Show 2019 in September, the company released a new trailer announcing a January 2020 release date.
On top of supporting online play and save transfers between systems, the most recent trailer for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition showed off new items, skins, dungeons, and boss fights being added to the game.
So, if you were getting ready to eBay a stack of GameBoy Advances and some link cables in anticipation of this release, you’ll need to wait a bit longer. On the plus side, having both cross-play and cross-save will make this port easier to play in co-op than a lot of modern titles—that seems like something worth waiting for.