Square Enix Has Gone Country…

…or at least that’s what the first half of their new game trailer had ME believing.

(Sorry about the poor quality but other than their Website, Square hasn’t released the trailer officially as far as I could tell)

Of course, about halfway through the trailer for Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers (CB), the music and footage reverts back to standard Square. Honestly I’m not sure what to make of this video.

The original Final Fantasy: The Crystal Chronicles (CC) was released on the Nintendo Gamecube. An experiment in repetition and forcing you to make friends with people that owned GBA’s, the game was nevertheless unique.

In the story, the entire (unnamed) world is covered in deadly miasma. Even touching it can kill you. Luckily for the inhabitants there are crystals powered by myrrh that protect them and their cities. Unluckily, the myrrh runs out every year. So caravans, apparently comprised of adults except for your heartless town that sends out kids, traverse the landscape with a chalice (that also conveniently keeps the deadly miasma at bay) looking for enough myrrh for another year. Less Final Fantasy and more Gauntlet, the game was a hack n slash dungeon that sent you out over and over and over until your eyes bled. Up until that point though, it was fun.

However the new game, scheduled for the Wii, doesn’t appear to have much in common with its predecessor. Where CC relied entirely on multiplayer (playing single player was one of the more excruciating Gamecube experiences), other than a showing two people riding on Chocobos for a split second, nothing in the CB trailer looks like multiplayer.

Not much to go on in the press release either. According to Square Enix:

The upcoming FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS provides a fresh take on the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series as it combines the storytelling depth, expansive world and graphical quality of FINAL FANTASY with motion-driven, real-time action gameplay.

No release date, no whiff of multiplayer, no indication that you’ll be forced you use your DS or DSi as a means to play the game. Hopefully Square will start filtering down more information about the two former and be smart and not require the latter. If any of you have more information (or a direct link to higher quality trailer), please let me know.

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