“Creating or exceeding what it was in its original form is a very difficult feat” were his words way back in 1995. Now again, they see fitting.
In a recent interview with Game Informer, Takashi Tokita, creator of the legendary Chrono Trigger, said he’d like to see Square Enix bringing the game to life yet again (it has received 3 remakes and a spiritual sequel).
Tokita, however, talks about something bigger, a “high-quality, high-end” re-release, even going further to ask for an extra, like a “movie production, or something of the sort”.
What might otherwise look like a pretentious statement couldn’t be more deserving in this case, as Chrono Trigger is critically acclaimed and considered one of the best RPGs of all time, in virtue of its “Dream Team” that united the people behind beloved franchises like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball.
At the time (Japan, 1995), Square Enix was still 2 different companies, and this game was the first Square + Enix teamwork, in what resulted as a “sacred” title for both fans and the actual company.
Some of the noteworthy names behind Chrono Trigger were Yoshinori Kitase (mind behind most of the best Final Fantasy titles), Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of the franchise) and Nobuo Uematsu (soundtrack composer); Dragon Quet’s creator Yuji Horii, Dragon Ball and Z creator Akira Toriyama, among other close to “a couple hundred” people that went on to define the future of Final Fantasy years later.
“It was kind of like a grand festival–it was really fun.” he remembers. While he didn’t mention it, its likely he dreams of attaining this “new vision” with at least some of the help he had back then.
Chrono Trigger has, so far, been released in its original form for the Super Nintendo, and re-released for Nintendo DS, iOS, and Android. Unlike Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, Square Enix has touched so little Chrono Trigger that it almost feels like wasted potential in a wave of remakes and double-digit sequels.