Square Enix, Actraiser is cool, but what about Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross?
Renaissance actress, a remake of the original SNES, was announced to Nintendo Direct today, and I’m thrilled. Square Enix has done a great job bringing some of its old, previously overlooked titles to modern platforms, and I’ve enjoyed revisiting SaGa Frontier and Legend of Mana this year.
Despite my enthusiasm, remaking and remastering those old games left an elephant in the room. As much as I love Actraiser, SaGa and Mana, I’m not the only one wondering why the Chrono series hasn’t received the same treatment. the trigger of a stopwatch and Chrono Cross are two of the most beloved RPGs of all time, and while I don’t think they should be remastered or remade at the expense of the other games Square Enix has released, their absence is palpable.
Where are the Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross ports?
The Chrono series is Earthbound from Square Enix. Despite immense critical success and decades of fan requests, there hasn’t been a new entry in the series since the 2000s Chrono Cross. Chrono Trigger continues to be widely available, as it was ported to the original PlayStation (as part of Final Fantasy Chronicles), Nintendo DS, mobile, and PC. However, Chrono Cross has only been re-released on PSN and, with the redesign of the PlayStation Store, is no longer available for purchase. Additionally, Chrono Cross has never been available in PAL regions in any format.
Since Chrono Cross is considered one of Square Enix’s best works, it’s a shame that no one can buy and play it legally on modern platforms. I don’t expect every classic to get a port, but when you’re in such a high demand as this, it seems odd that no effort is made to meet it (to our knowledge). Who knows. Maybe the Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross ports are under development right now. Otherwise, they must be given priority.