For years, I have desired to see a Chrono Trigger remaster or remake on modern consoles. It is my favorite game of all time and is the finest work that Square Enix (then Squaresoft) ever released. Chrono Trigger is near and dear to my heart in a way that no other game can match and maybe never will. While there seems to be no indication that a Chrono Trigger project is in the works, I was floored when Square Enix revealed this week in a Nintendo Direct that the remastered version of Chrono Cross will be released in April of this year. Titled Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, this remastered sequel of Chrono Trigger will be released on multiple gaming platforms and features an HD upgrade, enhanced battle system, and even the inclusion of the game, RADICAL DREAMERS – Le Trésor Interdit –. This was something that I was not expecting and was a pleasant surprise this week.
While I was not as captivated by Chrono Cross as I was with its predecessor, the original PlayStation title was an excellent RPG in its own right. What was most memorable to me about Chrono Cross above anything else was its amazing soundtrack. The music was just on another level for this game. Square Enix brought back musical genius Yasunori Mitsuda to work on the soundtrack for the remastered version of the game and I can’t wait to hear what’s in the finished product. Mitsuda also wrote the soundtrack to Chrono Trigger and composed Xenogears’ memorable melodies. He is one of the all-time greats when it comes to video game music and I honestly would buy the game for his involvement alone.
Now the story, gameplay, and battles were all very solid in Chrono Cross. As an overall package, it was one great RPG that I remembered playing on PlayStation. My attention was held from the beginning to the end. Serge and Kid were very memorable characters. There was a nice variety in scenery throughout the game that made it feel like a grand adventure. Chrono Cross was top-notch. Seeing Chrono Cross finally get the upgraded treatment makes me hopeful that Chrono Trigger’s day will come as well. Square Enix has been remaster and remake happy in recent years with Final Fantasy VII Remake and the pixel remasters of earlier Final Fantasy games.
Since my birthday is in May, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition will likely be my gift to myself this year. I’m still in shock even as I type this at the fact that we have anything “Chrono” coming out this year in 2022. Are you kidding me? The tough part will be deciding which platform to get the game on. The PC version is immediately intriguing because I have Chrono Trigger on Steam and having the ability to play all my “Chrono” games on one platform is appealing. Plus there is the possibility of mods in the future on PC. Then there is the nostalgic part of me that wouldn’t mind having the game on the Nintendo Switch as sort of a personal way of paying homage to first experiencing Chrono Trigger on the Super Nintendo.
My plan this year is still to focus on games in my library that I have yet to finish. But Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition looks like it may be a must-buy for me.