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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles will release in August with a generous demo

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Update: When Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles debuts for Switch, PS4 and mobile devices this August 27, it's dropping alongside a free-to-play demo that's rather generous.

The demo, called Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Lite, will allow you to play through the first three dungeons in both single player and online multiplayer. If you've got a friend who owns the full game, you'll get a sweet bonus - as long as they host the multiplayer sessions, even Lite edition owners can play through up to 13 dungeons. If you play a few sessions with the host player who owns the full remaster and decide you'd like a copy yourself, your save data can be carried over to the full game. 

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Lite is a generous demo that seems laser-focused on accessibility - you gotta love that. And with the demo announcement comes a new trailer, head here (opens in new tab) to check it out.

Original Story: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered is coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on August 27.

The remastered version will release nearly 17 years to the day that the original game was released in the West: August 10, 2003. This is the first time the game will be available on a PlayStation console, and as the blog states, it's "far from a simple re-release." Check out the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered PlayStation blog post here (opens in new tab), and the new trailer here (opens in new tab)

"The team has refined and improved the adventure, enhancing numerous elements and even adding entirely new features." That means improved HD visuals and enhanced audio and new voice acting that adds life to the characters. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered is also getting online multiplayer with crossplay. You'll be able to travel with up to three other players in a co-operative multiplayer experience across all platforms. There's also brand new dungeons for you and your friends to battle through.

The remastered edition is also adding a new "mimic" feature, which will let you change your characters' appearance to that of other characters you meet during your travels. You'll do this by collecting Memory Crystals from Moogle Houses or at the end of difficult dungeons. 

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is a 1-4 player RPG that tells the story of a group of young people known as the Crystal Caravans, who are on an epic quest to find myrrh. Myrrh is a rare liquid needed to cleanse a crystal that protects them and their world from a deadly poisonous gas. 

Remasters are cool, guys. A Mafia trilogy just launched, with a Mafia remake releasing in August. (opens in new tab) 

Alyssa Mercante
Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.