Chrono Trigger Director Wants It Remade

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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In an interview with Game Informer, Takashi Tokita, one of the directors of Chrono Trigger, spoke candidly about the game and its creation, bringing up potential fan concern that it was “untouchable” and should be left alone rather than redone.

Chrono Trigger

“It’s probably considered sacred since the companies merged,” he says. “It was essentially a dream mix between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest; creating or exceeding what it was in its original form is a very difficult feat.”

Chrono Trigger certainly was a dream team project, combining the character artwork of Akira Toriyama, known for his work on the Dragon Quest games and the Dragon Ball series, with the design work of Tetsuya Nomura, and musical compositions from Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda. Tokita goes on to talk a little about Nomura’s involvement in Chrono Trigger:

“Once everyone was done developing Final Fantasy VI, hordes of staff helped out on Chrono Trigger,” he says. “At the end, we had a couple hundred working on the game at the same time. It was kind of like a grand festival – it was really fun. [Tetsuya] Nomura was actually creating the environment background pieces in Chrono Trigger – like the courthouse scene, that was created by him. But everyone probably enjoyed how we were able to do things we’d never done with Chrono Trigger. That was the most exciting part.”

Mr. Tokita closes by expressing how he’d like to see a newly remade Chrono Trigger for today’s audience.

“Personally, if there is ever an opportunity, I would love to see a high-quality, high-end version of Chrono Trigger,” Tokita says. “Or a movie production, or something of the sort.”

While we can’t really say what the likelihood is of Square Enix revisiting Chrono Trigger, one can always hope. For now, the closest fix we’ll probably get to it is I Am Setsuna, which comes out in July.


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  • Daymon

    I’m honestly not sure how I would feel about a remake. Not even sure it’s necessary. I really like the game the way it is.

    • blackice85

      It’s like the FFVII remake. Potentially cool if done right, but expectations would be so high that you’re not going to please everyone. Even some of those who prefer the original will feel insulted that the new version exists.

    • Daymon

      Exactly my thoughts. It’s really just a lose-lose situation all around. I think it’s fine to keep it the way it is. I have the DS version and I’m more than happy with it.

    • Infophile

      It’s far less necessary than the FFVII remake. Chrono Trigger has aged a lot better appearance-wise than FFVII has, which is downright ugly by modern standards. Chrono Trigger could certainly be better, even keeping it as a 2D sprite-based game, but it’s still a great-looking game.

    • Nicholas Perry

      No reason they can’t coexist.

      At least the original version of CT still looks gorgeous. Unlike FFVII and Square Enix’s lazy as fuck PC and PS4 Ports of FFVII.

    • Daymon

      That’s a fair point. I think my worry with a remake is that they would change it too much. Everything that’s already in CT is fine the way it is, in my opinion, but I think they’d change too much trying to draw in the younger crowd that never played it.

  • KissDisqus

    Why remake something that’s already perfect?

  • Mr0303

    One remake at a time, Square. Your release schedule is sluggish as it is.

  • DDD-kun

    A remake isn’t necessary. Chrono Trigger’s story has been run to its ultimate conclusion. I say they’re better off leaving it alone.