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Dragon Quest 7 (VII) [PSX – Beta]

Dragon Quest VII (Dragon Warrior 7 in USA) was originally announced for the 64DD in 1996, but one year later the development switched to Playstation and the game was finally released in 2000. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the beta versions of DQ7, but thanks to a video from the V Jump festival in 1998  (check below), uploaded by Carnivol in his YT Channel, we can see that originally Keifer (the blonde character) had a different dress.

Also, in the V Jump 1999 Festival video the monsters (especially their animations), seem to look better than their counterparts in the final version. What do you think?


Compare the beta battles to the final ones (video below @ 3:36)


Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles [GC – Beta]

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is a action role-playing game released for the Nintendo GameCube and the first Final Fantasy game on a Nintendo console since Final Fantasy VI. In the time of Crystal Chronicles, the world is covered in a noxious gas known as “miasma”, to which direct exposure can prove fatal. Towns, villages and other settlements throughout are protected from the ill effects of miasma by crystals, which generate a barrier which miasma cannot penetrate. [Infos from Wikipedia]

Even the players need to bring a crystal around when they explore the game’s levels: this “concept” could have been created as a motive to have all the characters in the same screen in the multiplayer mode, but maybe it was not going to be in the game initially. Infact, in these early screens and video, there is no crystals or miasma that we can see.  Obviusly  this video was just going to be a “presentation” of the game, a simple tech demo without all it’s final characteristics, but we can only wonder if the crystal/miasma concept was created only in mid / late development. Other changes in the beta version of Crystal Chronicles are in the character design, different camera-angles and different enemies in the cave level.