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FINAL FANTASY IX 20th Anniversary Playlist Now Available

Relive the magic

In commemoration of FINAL FANTASY IX’s 20th anniversary, a collection of the game’s music tracks is now available on major online music streaming services. Enjoy a choice selection of music from most memorable scenes in the game as well as quirky tunes from its minigames. *Streaming service and music availability may vary by region.

Check out the various streaming options here

Final Fantasy IX scenario writer shares a special message for the game's 20th anniversary

20 years of FFIX

Final Fantasy IX is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, which is why Square-Enix put together an interview with event design and scenario writer Kazuhiko Aoki. Aoki shared a special message with fans for the anniversary, which you can see below.

“There were about 300 people at the party celebrating Final Fantasy IX’s completion. It was developed by a team divided between Japan and Hawaii, so about one-third of the faces there I had never seen before…I was surprised all over again at how many people were involved in the project.

I’m incredibly happy that Final Fantasy IX is loved by so many people; that’s been a huge motivator and confidence booster when facing jobs I’ve had since. I think that’s true not only for me, but also the many creators who worked on Final Fantasy IX as well. It would be nice to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary with everyone who was at the post-launch party.

Near the end of that party, there was a moment when the sound effect team went up on the venue’s stage. ‘In Final Fantasy X, there’s going to be this thing called Blitzball, and there will be a scene with the spectators cheering. We’d love if you would all be willing to help with that!’ they said. And I thought ‘…Oh, they’ve already started working on X.’ Just when I thought things were finished, they had already begun a new Final Fantasy. It really hit me being there, this is how the Final Fantasy series continues on forever.”

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Soundtrack releases in Japan on Sept. 2nd, 2020

An absolutely phenomenal soundtrack

Here's one that'll certainly be worth importing. Square-Enix has confirmed that the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Soundtrack releases in Japan on Sept. 2nd, 2020.

This 2-CD set features 50 songs, including the full version of the main theme, as well as the newly-arranged tracks from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition. There will also be a special first edition of the album that includes a third CD, which will feature the original BGM from almost two decades ago.

The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Soundtrack is priced at 3,000 yen puls tax.

Square-Enix releases Distant Worlds and A New World Collections: Music from FINAL FANTASY VII

Some of the best game music there is

To honor the fan-favorite installment, Square-Enix has run two different Final Fantasy VII-related concerts. Both pay tribute to the music of Final Fantasy VII, and now you can enjoy some tracks from the concerts digitally.

Distant Worlds and A New World Collections: music from FINAL FANTASY VII is now up for streaming, featuring 10 tracks you can enjoy for free. If you want, you can also purchase the digital album for $8.50 via the embed above. Check out an official synopsis for the album below.

This brand new compilation contains every musical moment, battle medley, and character theme from FINAL FANTASY VII ever released by Distant Worlds and A New World. Relive your favorite musical memories with this special collection featuring the renowned Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Distant Worlds Philharmonic and the New World Players - a unique celebration of the original FINAL FANTASY VII!

Adventure with friends for free with Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Lite

So much fun for free!

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition, the highly anticipated refresh of the beloved action-RPG adventure coming to the Nintendo Switch™ system, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and iOS and Android mobile devices*, will launch alongside a free to download demo version called FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition Lite**.

With FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition Lite, adventurers can play through the first three dungeons in both single player and online multiplayer with cross-play functionality***. Additionally, players who purchase the full game will be able to host multiplayer sessions with players using FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition Lite, so a full party of up to four caravanners can play through up to 13 dungeons in the fantasy adventure together with one copy of the full game. Save data can be carried over from FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition Lite to the full game, ensuring players can seamlessly continue their progress in the magical fantasy adventure.

In addition to a ‘Mimic’ feature which allows players to take the form of various characters they meet on their journey, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition also adds a number of new gameplay enhancements to make the adventure more memorable than ever, such as:

Quick Chat – new tactical commands to give easy text-based instructions to teammates during online multiplayer play.

Magic Timer – a new Timer mechanic, helping players to synchronise and combine their magical attacks to unleash more powerful abilities.

UI Improvements – Increases to material capacity limits allow for more trouble-free adventures and a mini-map has been added to the game’s UI ensuring players always have a tactical understanding of their environments.

Additional Difficulty Modes – after finishing the main scenario, high difficulty dungeons will be available for daring adventurers to explore, including the Mine of Cathuriges which will include powerful enemies and new challenges alike. These challenging post-game dungeons are exclusive to the full release of FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition.

Updated Soundtrack – over 50 musical tracks have been newly-composed especially for FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition by the original game’s composer, Kumi Tanioka, including newly-recorded versions of the beloved theme songs Sound of the Wind and Starry Moonlit Night.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition gets a new trailer, "Lite" version revealed

Try a portion of the game for free

Square-Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition today, but there's something even more interesting to point out. The company also revealed Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition Lite.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition Lite launches in Japan on August 27th, 2020, the same day as the regular version. The Lite version features three playable dungeons for people to enjoy for free. The Lite version also allows players to connect up with one other player who has the regular version of the game to play all 13 dungeons.

Check out a new batch of screens and art for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition

Looking better and better

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition may still be a ways off from release, but a big wave of screens and art have come in to hold us over. If you want to get another look at how this revamp is shaping up, you can check out the massive gallery of assets here.

Retailer in the Netherlands adds a physical listing for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition

Fingers and toes crossed

There has been quite a heavy push from fans for an English physical release of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition. As of right now, the only region getting a boxed copy is Japan. While nothing has been announced for other regions at this time, a retailer in the Netherlands may be a sign of hope.

Retailer Player2GameStore has recently added a listing for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition. There's no cover art for the game, but the listing doesn't seem to be based off the Japanese version. In other words, this doesn't appear to be an import listing. Pricing reflects that as well.

Not a confirmation by any means, but a tiny glimmer of hope. We've reached out to Square-Enix for comment on the matter.

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition appears to have local co-op

A classic multiplayer experience

Anytime Square-Enix brings up Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition, they trumpet the game's online play. That makes sense, as it's a feature that wasn't part of the original release. Online play is great, but fans of the game from when it first launched want to know if the local co-op feature is going to be retained. Finally it seems we have our answer.

The Playstation.com page for the game includes various tidbits of info on the game's features, and one line in particular confirms local co-op play.

Join up to three friends for online adventures, or bring everyone together around one TV for couch co-op play in your quest to save civilisation.

Now the situation could be different on the Switch, but that seems rather unlikely. If the GameCube could handle 4-player local co-op, there should be no reason the Switch can't do it as well.

Thanks to XCanadianRamboX for the heads up!

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition to include an "Imitate" system, plus other new features

More than a simple remaster

Earlier tonight, we found out that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition is hitting Japan on Aug. 27th, 2020. This info came straight from Square-Enix, along with some other tidbits on the game. Even though this is a "Remastered" release, Square-Enix is including some new content.

One of the new features revealed today is the Imitate system. This option will allow you to change your player’s appearance and voice in battle to one of the sub-characters from the game's story. You'll have to collect certain items in order to take advantage of this option.

Along with that, some other new details were shared. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition will include the following additions and changes.

- Online multiplayer and cross-platform support.
- Addition of a “High-Difficulty Dungeon & Boss” unlocked after clearing the game.
- Addition of new character variatons, equipment, and upgrade items for each race.
- Newly recorded narration and theme songs “Kazenone” and “Hoshizukiyo” by Yae.
- Newly recorded character voices.

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