Even though we’re still running content from GDC on Siliconera the conference seems like a distant memory. Last week at Square Enix’s WiiWare panel, I saw an English trailer for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King. The trailer didn’t go into gameplay, there was a second video detailing that, but for those of you who were not at GDC you get to see approximately a third of the video presentation. (The second video was significantly longer than the trailer.)
Is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King aesthetically pleasing? Originally, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King was going to have graphics slightly better than the best looking Virtual Console games (read: Nintendo 64) to keep costs down. The team had a change of heart and settled on upgrading the visuals to make them on par with a Gamecube game. Finally, since this was a Final Fantasy title they wanted to go all out.
Even more interesting, as revealed in the Q&A, My Life as a King didn’t begin its life as a Final Fantasy game at all. Instead of fluffy moogles this could have had original characters.