Chrono Cross Is Coming To Japanese PSN Game Archives

By Ishaan . December 12, 2010 . 7:47pm

Square Enix had a Twitter announcement to make today, that should get everyone excited: the Square Enix Members Twitter feed has reached 20,000 followers! Oh, and Chrono Cross is coming to the Japanese PSN Game Archives, but who cares about that, right?


Kidding, kidding.


No, actually, the announcement was made in commemoration of Square breaking the 20,000 follower threshold on Twitter. Square Enix producer, Shinji Hashimoto, hinted at another future announcement in celebration of the occasion as well, but didn’t say what it was.


Chrono Cross doesn’t have a release date yet, but rest assured, we’ll keep a close eye on further developments.

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  • puchinri

    Did we ever get Threads of Fate on PSN? Were they going to put LoM on PSN too, or did they already? It’s nice that things are going on PSN at all, I just wish we got them too. ^u^’

    • PurpleDoom

      Threads of Fate and Legend of Mana are both on the Japanese PSN, but not on the US one. The only things the US have gotten are the PS1 Final Fantasy games and Front Mission 3.

      • puchinri

        Ahhh, I see. Man.

      • We didn’t get Front Mission 3 yet, though.

        Personally, I’d love to see Parasite Eve 2 as I never picked it up when it originally came out. This, Vagrant Story, and all of the PS1 Final Fantasy games I have on disc already. But PE2, FM3, TOF, and LOM, I never played. I’d be interested in them if they ever came to the NA PSN.

        • PurpleDoom

          If I recall correctly, they have at least confirmed Front Mission 3 is coming. It’s silly that they don’t seem to want to bother releasing much else, though, since it’s obvious that the bulk of their PS1 catalog is popular with US gamers, and not all of their disc games are as easy to find as Chrono Cross or Final Fantasy IX.

  • Exkaiser

    Always a bit envious when Games Archives gets major releases while the NA PSone Classics section is somewhat sparse.

  • PrinceHeir

    i though this game was already in the JP PSN store?

    oh well lucky japanese gamers. we need some love to.

    Parasite Eve Archives, Xenogears, Vagrant Story and now this. please square just put this on the Western PSN and expect sales to sky rocket. that would help you regained what you have lost in FFXIV.

    • I thought the Western PSN was exclusively for Western games?

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        You should really go look at it right now. It’s not anywhere as good as the Japanese but there are a whole bunch of classic Japanese titles. There’s also an “import” section with stuff brought over by MonkeyPaw Games.

        • Wait, seriously? Thanks. I have been sitting here this whole time thinking “Western section” meant western titles. Thanks again, I appreciate it.

  • It’s about [email protected] time. Maybe they’ll FINALLY realize we want this franchise to continue!

    • doomspeller10

      It’s kind of suspicious. Taking into account the successive failures of Final Fantasy XIV and the recent staff changes, they surely remembered about this franchise at the right time. I don’t really know if 20,000 people is a lot from a Japanese perspective either.
      Anyway, it’s about time to have a new Chrono game. *waiting for the next announcement*

      • Code

        My concern too, I don’t feel Square’s output in recent years has deemed itself being Chrono Trigger-sequel calibur. Worse part too is so much of the Dream Team could be put back together for something like this omo; Always tears me up.

    • I want another entry in the series too, BUT I have a feeling they’d outsource it to some Western developer or do something else stupid. Wada does not exactly make the best business decisions.

      I mean, remember when Obsidian were talking about how they wanted to make a WRPG in the Crono series? I want another title, but I want it done right.

      • Code

        I’ve always hated (and I don’t hate much either opo) western developers, particularly WRPG developers — I remember when the term JRPG got coined just so they could wrap there hands around the term ‘RPG’ all for themselves opo; But in the last year or two I’ve cooled off a bit, I don’t wanna be a hater after all >w<;

        But the notion of Chrono Trigger sequel being handled by a western developer, is so totally sensitive for me, even just the thought is enough to make me tense up, with the distinct sensation of wanting to spontaneously combust into flames omo;

        • I would rather the series die than to let it be ruined by the wrong hands.

          If the original team could be put together, or at least, most of them, then I’d be all for the next game in the series, but if it’s going to be farmed out to Obsidian or, even worse, made an action game by someone like Double Helix, then no. No way in Hell.

          • Code

            Totally agree, I’d rather the series stay in good memory, then something shotty/anything less then the highest caliber effort from Square or better yet a semi-reconstructed Dream Team TwT; But yeah western developers ugh just the thought *grits teeth* do not wantt.

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Man you are showing some strong language/opinions I don’t usually hear from you on this response column… O_O

          • Code

            Yeahhh truue, I’m usually pretty laid back, but a western developed Chrono Trigger it reallly stirs me up xpx; In recent years I’ve become more accepting of the notion of western developers tackling Japanese properties; but Chrono Trigger is like the heart of Japanese RPGs, I’m just verrry sensitive about that idea.

            I can’t help but feel they would have to make massive changes to how they approach making games to make an appropriate sequel, something I have my doubts that they would do.

          • RupanIII

            Agreed. I seriously seriously doubt they would do the series justice. Same with an FFVII remake. But they’re not concerned with being true to the originals, only sales. And, as FFVII has taught them, they can slap the name on anything and fans will buy regardless :

        • thebanditking

          I am a fan of good developers, period. Some of them happen to be Western and others Japanese. There are some things that Japanese devs do poorly but RPG’s is not one of them. The amount of time and care they put into these titles really shows, where WRPG’s always come off (to me) as sloppy PC mess with the ship it now patch it later mentality. They all use dialog trees effectively making you the main character, which makes the story feel disjointed and kind of an after thought. Not to mention conveniently cutting down on the intricacies of the main and sub plots. There is hardly ever any real character depth and rather then a love interest you get a bevy of poorly rendered whores to choose from and then watch horribly animated and embarrassing air humping scenes, while listening to grunt and panting noises.

      • Guest

        That would be like the ugliest Chrono game ever. Chrono or whoever the main characters would be some hairy ugly big nosed European with yellow teeth and a buzz cut

        • gatotsu911

          Wow dude. Disliking WRPG cliches is one thing, but that’s just borderline racist.

          • How is that racist? I’m half Italian, so I’m mostly of European descent and I’d be the first one to say that all of the guys in my family have huge noses, myself included. Let’s not be too sensitive. It’s not like he whipped out a racial slur or anything.

          • Code

            Haha I’ve seen it >ww<' I think it is rather racy to say all westerners are big nosed, toothy, tourists.

          • thebanditking

            I am mostly of English/Irish decent and I don’t find his comment offensive though if taken out of context it would be racist. Rather it’s just the truth, from a game character perspective. Western devs need to become more creative with their character designs. Most fall right into what he described, and are mute and devoid of personality to boot.

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        Maybe Nomura will take on the series. Chrono Zipper.

        • Code

          rar, I completely approve this, if it’s a Chrono Trigger style motor scooter >w<~!

          • gatotsu911

            Ew, no. Please. No.

        • I would take Nomura over a Western developer on this any day of the week. Give me five Nomuras before one Ninja Theory, Double Helix, or Obsidian.

        • thebanditking

          I don’t think he is the right choice but he would make a better director then any of the western RPG teams. Obsidian, and bioware combined could not make an acceptable entry in this series. There is something uniquely Japanese that makes these games so great and WRPG teams just don’t have that. Everything from the music to the character/plot are just not be something a WRPG dev could properly create a sequel to.

  • We didn’t get LoM or Threads of Fate that I’m aware of. Didn’t we miss out on FFIX too? :/

    • Exkaiser

      No, we got FFIX.

  • shion16

    do we have to start to collect 2M twitter followers for chrono cross in PSN North America?
    Piece of cake, we all love this game

  • NA release please

  • Waiting for an English release date, really want this game it would be a bonus if they also release Chrono Trigger.

    • PurpleDoom

      Chrono Trigger is a great game, but I’d say go for the DS version (unless you can stand very long load times… because the load times in the PS1 port are horrible.)

      • My DS game card was stolen but I do have my SNES copy.

        • PurpleDoom

          Well, that’s better than nothing! It’s a great game regardless of what system you play it on.

  • PurpleDoom

    I’m actually largely indifferent as to whether this comes out in the US or not because this new copies of the physical PS1 version are not hard to come by, and they’re cheap too; you can get it for 15 bucks plus shipping off the Square Enix webstore. I guess it would be good for PSP owners, though.

    • puchinri

      I did not know this. I would have just turned to Amazon, but I’ll have to check out the Squeenix webstore.

  • Code

    Chrono Cross for me falls into a weird place. I absolutely love Chrono Trigger, and owe it and Earthbound with my life long love of RPGs owo~! I enjoyed Chrono Cross itself, but as soon as I try and make that mental tie back to Chrono Trigger it always ruins it for me.

    I can’t help but feel that I’ve never played a sequel like Chrono Cross, that literally shits on Chrono Trigger every chance it gets omo; But if I take a step back from it and look at it as an RPG that sort of plays off the qualities of Chrono Trigger I still found it a fun, unique and great game. rarr, this game tears me appartt >m<;

    • I kinda liked that the actions taken in Chrono Trigger had negative repercussions. Every game is always, “And they lived happily ever after.” I like the thought that not everything went well. It gives the game a tragic air to it that’s rare in big profile sequels like that.

      • Code

        Number #1 law of Chrono Trigger; If something goes wrong, fix it, you have a god damn time machine! Seriously it might have been happily ever after, but it was the best damn kind of happily ever after. One achieved through gratuitous amounts of reckless use of a time travel — if they that doesn’t deserve a happy ending nothing does.

        • The ending I got in Chrono Trigger was where Crono’s mum ends up going through a time portal and Crono does a victory celebration :D Now THAT’s a happy ending :D

    • i personally, prefer 10 times chrono cross more than chrono trigger… of course, i would prefer a lot of things before chrono trigger… i dont unerstand why someone that loves rpgs as much as me, just couldnt like chrono trigger… Because there seem to be a lot of people liking that game T_T i tried, i really tried, but oh well, i dunno, there was something that just wasnt right, there was this pretty cool part where you know who turns into a stone… but still i didnt feel a thing, i liked the beginning though…

      • Chrono Cross >>>>>>>>>>>>> Chrono Trigger.

        Seriously though, I think the reason so many people who loved CT yet hated CC are why I loved CC over CT. It was one of my favorite games and the massive variety in characters just adds to that.

  • I’d buy this if only for the music alone.

  • holyPaladin

    Chrono Cross have beautiful OST… it’s one of my favourite

    Yasunori Mitsuda rocks

  • Well…I wouldn’t mind seeing this come to Europe or North America PSN, since I did love Chrono Trigger. Also, I can’t imagine this being a more disappointing sequel then Legend of Mana was to Secret of Mana.

    • Then get ready to be disappointed. CC is better if you’ve never played Chrono Trigger. If you have, you spend half the game wondering what went so very, very wrong.

      Even some of the things people are putting up as a plus here (like a boatload of characters) really isn’t. CT has fewer characters, but actually develops them. CC has so many that in terms of the plot, most of them don’t matter in the slightest. It’s just noise.

      Throw in an outright bizzare and annoying combat system, the removal of stuff like dual/triple techs as a useful mechanic, and you’ve got disappointment all around.

      • TeaGreen

        I agree with this wholeheartedly. I don’t know why people tout Chrono Cross having many more characters as a plus. Only two of them are really developed enough to call characters, the rest are just backbenchers you use because the turns of the 2(or one at some points) main ones haven’t come up yet.

        I also hated the changes they made to the combat system in the same way… The battle system in Chrono Trigger wouldn’t have been new anymore, but I still would have wished a closer return to it in Chrono Cross.

        I’d post the third main reason I didn’t like Chrono Cross, but it’d likely be a huge spoiler to anyone who hasn’t played it yet… So I’ll be mindful of that and just say, it kinda sucks what they did to all the old characters…

      • gatotsu911

        Bullsmack. Without having played Chrono Trigger, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the plot and themes of Chrono Cross. It’s a stand-alone game in a gameplay sense, but it is very much a Chrono game. It expands on the themes and narrative predecessor rather than continuing them directly – and it takes them in a distinctly darker and more tragic direction – making it highly unusual as a sequel, a type of game usually reserved for pleasing fans and little else. But like it or not, it is a worthy successor to Chrono Trigger.

  • I always enjoyed Chrono Cross. I know it didn’t live up to the first in ways and with as many characters as it had each didn’t get the development you would like…..but something about it was always fun….except for the fact that I could never quite bring myself to pick the path where I didn’t get Glenn….He was too awesome!

    PS. Get ready, I have a feeling Xenogears is coming next……

  • gatotsu911

    It’s about time! Hopefully this actually comes out in the US, too. Why the hell has Square been so stingy about their PSN/VC catalogue?

  • gatotsu911

    Also: Haters gonna hate, but Chrono Cross is one of my favorite games ever.

  • thebanditking

    Why is it that the NA/EU is never part of these announcements? S-E publishes its games the world over so why not just re release it to the world? I mean come on who do they have to get permission from, themselves?

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      I think they have to get it through SCEA. Apparently it’s complicated and harder than SCEJ. Atlus doesn’t even bother releasing old PSOne games on the US PSN. But Square has brought a few of their titles, though admittedly lots of their good games are missing and it takes forever for another one to appear…

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    If they were to ever make a sequel to the Chrono games, it’d be impossible without the dream team. So, really, it’d be impossible to do without Monolith Soft and Yasunori Mitsuda. Same with Xenogears. So, if they ever DO reboot these franchises for real, I’d rather see them done like this (even though they’ll be Nintendo exclusives) instead of internally or by some other developer…

    Unless they use Jupiter. I wouldn’t mind that as much.

  • Tokyo Guy

    Ah yes, another classic Square game to be released in order to remind us what a total joke the company has become in the past decade.

    It just befuddles me how they can port these games to the PSN and then sit back and not say “Hmm…how can be make our current products more like the old ones…you know, good.”

    • thebanditking

      It all comes down to how the company is managed, Yoichi Wada is just seriously out of touch with the roots of his company. He overly obsessed with money which likely makes his management practices to cost oriented. Games are a labor of love, especially RPG’s and are best when made by happy employees who know that the management supports them. Square has also lost so many key members over the years, and with that kind of exit morale and talent go right down the drain.

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