What Is Square Enix’s "Prequel Trilogy" And Atlus’ Asraga Adventure Chronicle?

By Spencer . July 29, 2014 . 12:59am


Instead of making sequels to one of their key franchises, Square Enix may be developing a string of prequels. Square Enix Japan registered a trademark for Prequel Trilogy for use with video games in Japan. The question is what series will Square Enix make three prequels for? Final Fantasy VII? Romancing SaGa? Kingdom Hearts? Final Fantasy XIII: Prequel Trilogy?


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Also interesting to note is a trademark for Asraga Adventure Chronicle registered by Atlus. Usually, Atlus takes a couple of years to use their trademarks so whatever this is probably very early in development.

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  • John Diamond

    i swear down, it better not be a FFXIII prequel trilogy >:(

    • Jeremy Lafferty

      But but… We clearly need more Lightning.

      • jack

        I laughed. That was funny.

  • Learii

    Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross

  • The World Ends with You? Robotrek? Parasite Eve? Star Ocean? Illusion of Gaia?

    I’m probably the only one who hopes this if for an obscure Square game :D

    • Warboss Aohd

      all of those would be nice. (not sure i trust them to not screw up Parasite Eve though, unless Nomura got it, and even then i’m not sure how his style would mesh with it.)

      • Volta

        Nomura have always been involved with parasite eve, but I think that’s the reason the 3rd birthday story sucked so hard. Nomura is such a hack these days, his designs are repetitive and full of visual style crap and the story of the games he is involved turn out to be dramatic and cheesy incoherent BS.

        • Warboss Aohd

          ah, then i wouldn’t trust SE to not screw up Parasite Eve Period.

          not unless the person making it was forced to playthrough and beat Parasite Eve 1 and 2.

        • Mario Bros

          Nomura only did character designs for 3rd birthday, just like he did for the original PE and it’s sequel.
          3rd birthday sucked mostly because it was written by non other than our dear Motomu Toriyama who you may know for being involved in other game gems like the ff13 trilogy, ffx-2 and front mission evolved.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      AW man, I wish Quintet was still around.

    • hng qtr

      Robotrek, please. I want to use Pokemon robots to beat giant crabs again.

    • Ash_Riot

      You want another Parasite Eve cluster-moogle? I certainly do not since Toriyama will be involved. I’d rather see an Ogre (either Battle or Tactics) prequel trilogy or Ivalice related thing-a-me since at least Ito has a good chance of wanting to work on that.

  • NyaBoy

    Oh yeah cant wait for a free to play mobile game !

  • Jadfish

    no no no NO NO NO NO NO MORE FF13

  • jack

    I might be into another KH prequel with young Xehanort.

  • Suriel Cruz

    The main question here is… Is Square Enix digging his own grave?
    So many AMAZING series like Star Ocean, Mana, Valkyrie Profile…ect., instead they prefered to do prequels. *sigh*

    • Jeremy Noble

      I feel your pain bro. Sigh.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Churning out sequel-after-sequel is the same thing as prequel-after-prequel, for all intents and purposes.

  • Heropon

    Lightning Begin final fantasy XIII

    • SupaPhly

      the lightning knight
      the lightning knight rises

  • Jeremy Noble

    Final Fantasy XIII: Prequel Trilogy? I think i would rather die. Most likely though, remakes of Crisis core and the two mobile games?

  • Warboss Aohd

    Dear Mork, please no more 13, we’ve had enough of it already.

    Kingdom Hearts would be fine, as would any of the Tri Ace Games, as well as any SaGa game.

    but for the love of Gork and Mork, stop it with FF13!

  • David García Abril

    FFVII and KH already have prequels, so it won’t be those.

    If it is FF XIII then their problem with this “franchise” is worst than we all thought.

    • Phantom R

      Or maybe they’re finally making BBSV2 after all. It could be the Ground Zeroes of KH3.

    • PotatoPower

      doesn’t mean “it won’t be those”. they could either add existing prequel games to a prequel trilogy, or just make even more prequels

      • David García Abril

        Well, it’s more wishful thinking on my part than anything else. :P

        Seriously, we don’t need prequels in general, but in the case of those two, that’s doubled. :S

  • delmar

    …maybe dissidia? that would be asking for hell to freeze over. it’s a mobile game.

  • The XIII saga continues… oh boy :S

  • LustEnvy

    FFIV, FVII, X, XII, XIII all have sequels. Hey SE…. give us FFVI related games. PLEASE. Or Chrono Trigger, or Valkyrie Profile…

  • hng qtr

    So…is Atlus finally making a new game that isn’t MegaTen or EO?

    • Ethan_Twain

      Yeah, it’s been a little while since Radiant Historia huh. More importantly, I see almost zero chance that something called Asraga Adventure Chronicles is a new Trauma Center game. So basically, today is a sad day.

      • hng qtr

        Judging by the title it’s most likely a Radiant Historia and Spud’s Adventure crossover.

      • Egil

        Man i would do anything for a radiant historia and trauma center on 3ds

    • Princess_Eevee9

      I liked Conception Children II.

      • hng qtr

        Okay, but that’s a Spike Chunsoft game.

    • Ash_Riot

      Growlanser? Catherine?

      • hng qtr

        Catherine was released on 2011 and the last Growlanser in 2007.

        • Ash_Riot

          Wrong. Growlanser 4 for PSP was released in ’11 and in US and EU in ’12. And Catherine isn’t that long ago considering P studio are busy with Persona 5. I mean what other IPs do you exactly want to see?

          • hng qtr

            Growlanser 4 is a 2003 game, the PSP version is just an enhanced port like P4G. Catherine was released in february of 2011 in Japan, over 3 years ago.

            “I mean what other IPs do you exactly want to see?”
            New IP’s?

          • Ash_Riot

            Do you live in Japan? You played those games back then? How does that affect you? You have one really overly strict metric. They’ve developed new series within the MegaTen series.

          • hng qtr

            Growlanser 4, you mean? No, but it’s pretty much the same thing as Growlanser 3. Also, they did develop new MegaTen series, but the only ones I would say that actually tried something different were DDS and Raidou.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Rather than think of what Square Enix might be doing maybe the more interesting question is: What would we care about them doing?

    I’ve given it some thought and I’m not sure there are any Square Enix properties I’d be eager to get on board to play through three prequels of.

    Kingdom Hearts? Not only is that franchise running out of steam but the last thing I want from it is three more games further muddling the timeline without forward motion.

    Dragon Quest? I would LOVE if they went out and created a new trilogy of games in the vein of the Zenithia trilogy, but I don’t want prequels. Game to game continuity and complex lore are not what I want from that franchise.

    The World Ends With You? Again, I liked the game but I don’t think a trilogy is prequel games is how I would choose to explore that universe.

    Final Fantasy? I dunno – Final Fantasy spinoffs are pretty shady at this point. They never turn out as good as the originals, and often not very good at all. FF X-2, FF IV the after years, Lightning Returns… there’s maybe a case for FF VII Crisis Core, but that’s it. And which games actually have the lore base to support prequels? XII had the lore but nobody liked it. VII already has a prequel. IX isn’t popular enough.

    So unfortunately my takeaway from this is not to speculate about what Square Enix might be making three prequels to and instead just wondering who cares.

    • Aha Disco Elf

      Really hope they won’t touch IX unless they can grab Nobuo Uematsu to do the OST. So much nostalgia

  • Alos88

    I can’t get excited for these sort of trademarks anymore. Not from Squeenix, not knowing which platform it’ll likely be for.

  • kenshee

    hmm, prequels are still rather rare in SE’s lineup no? All I really know of personally is crisis core and birth by sleep.
    I’d imagine if they remastered those two and one more (dunno which it could even be though?) and release it as a prequel trilogy on the vita or something, it’d work pretty well. I just bought a vita and it just feels like it’s missing some SE support like that.

    If not, all I can hope is that this isn’t a full trilogy of prequels dedicated to one game…

    However, if ff X remaster’s success has prompted a (1) X prequel, I would NOT complain lol. (all they really said was they weren’t planning X-3 right? X-0 totally confirmed? lol)
    Also this is totally just me twisting their words to suit my twisted hopes, but a X prequel would make X’s story a trilogy… *head explodes*

  • Aha Disco Elf

    Of course it’s going to be FF13: Prequel Trilogy a la Star Wars. And then, we’ll get the Sequel Trilogy. It’s going to be glorious.

  • Andrés González

    Please Square-Enix stop the sequel prequel crap.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    I would be shocked a XIII prequel trilogy will NOT be directed by Motomu Toriyama.

    If he does though, expect worlds to be destroyed in every ending, continuity errors and lore completely ignored for annoying young beautiful characters because Toriyama is like George Lucas when it comes to creepy young beautiful actors/characters (Lightning is to Toriyama what Hayden Cristensen as Anakin is to Lucas).

    • Lastlight

      He was the chosen one

  • shuyai

    i hate any kind of prequel since you know how its going to end,whats going to happen, who is going to die and which evil asshole stay alive

    • FTM

      I thought Crisis Core was a masterpiece…

    • Xerain

      Knowing how something is going to end is perfectly fine if the story is structured as a tragedy (in the literary sense). That’s one of the defining characteristics of a tragedy after all.

      I’m disappointed how little this is done.

      • disgaea36

        he just hasn’t played any good prequels because I thought baten kaitos orgins blew the orginal out the water and it was amazing to found out the orgin story to what was going on.

        • K.PL

          In most cases of a good story I am more interested in a prequel than a sequel. Learning just how everything came to be in the original along with learning more about older characters.

  • iamakii

    I saw this coming..
    FF13: Lightning Re-Returns

    • LightningFarron19

      They already stated no more FF13 games. It was over and done. This is most likely FF7 prequels due to the 20th anniversary coming up. Did you forget that Kitase already confirmed such with FF13’s world?

      That or FF10 prequels. The Auron-Jecht-Braska prequel still alludes us.

  • Göran Isacson

    Planning a whole trilogy of prequels is the kind of thing that makes a man worried, mostly due to wondering which one of their stories even has the material to sustain an entire trilogy with nothing BUT prequels.

    • writing in lore and from game ti game can be expanded quite fast dependant on the timeframe and highlighted events.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    For the life of me I’m imagining it having to do with Bravely Default or something but no clue as to why?

    • K.PL

      That could be interesting, but god help me if another game in that series even touches the repetitiveness of the original I will never touch the series again.

  • Xerain

    Given S-E’s naming sense, there is a distinct possibility they are making prequels to a game that doesn’t exist.

  • Randy Marsh

    Romancing Saga 1-3 remakes for iOS and Android, just what everyone wants…..

  • Ecchitori

    I came here for the Atlus stuff. And then was intrigued of the word “Chronicle” used.

  • MK

    FF7 prequel trilogy: Crisis Core, Before Crisis, and a new entry

    • Sora Nojiko

      Before Before Crisis, Before Before Before Crisis, and Before Before Before Before Crisis!

      • Almighty Shinra’s Trip across the Cosmos.
        The Life and Times of the Almighty Shinra
        The Legacy of the Almighty Shinra


        • Snorlaxation

          Pretty much leading to the company Shinra, Cloud/Aerith/Sephiroth and the destruction of the planet. And Tidus’s head getting blown off again. For some reason

          No, but really, I liked that kid. Wouldn’t mind delving more into his story.

          • Aha Disco Elf

            Holy shit, a game revolving around the turks would be awes- ah goddamn, Before Crisis did that.

        • memeover

    • Kroz

      I could see that….maybe like some kind of HD collection with something extra?

  • echokanon

    FF7: EC/FC/GC, making a heptalogy for FF7. sounds almost like what I feared. But there should be at least 1 title that will take place after DC by timeline tho

  • Tincho D

    Too bad prequels are not as interesting as sequels since you already know what happens afterwards, and since whatever happens in the prequels doesn’t affect the events of the original games, it’s almost as if they’re glorified fillers.

    Final Fantasy VII? Nah man, Before Crisis and CC were enough. Make a sequel instead.
    Romancing SaGa is dead and only hipsters give a shit about it. Kingdom Hearts is a massive clusterfuck and nobody sane still cares about the series plot, and FFXIII? LR:FFXIII already made its universe obsolete.

    • disgaea36

      speak for yourself buddy because everybody seemed to enjoy birth by sleep and CC. Prequels sometimes are even better if done right alas the ys series. All depends how you look at it and how well its made.

      • Aha Disco Elf

        Upvoted because the mention of Ys. Yeah seriously, some games work even better as a prequel because of how rich the lore could be expanded upon from a small subplot. It doesn’t need to be a small timeframe before the events in the main game, it can be something that occurs a century ago.

      • Tincho D

        People enjoying BBS and CC means shit though, as my statement was that “prequels are not as interesting as sequels”, not that they’re unenjoyable.

        Given the choice between an X game getting a potential prequel or a sequel that we know nothing about, the sequel would be more interesting (supposing the player has already played the X game) based on its plot not being obsolete by the original game’s story.
        Or are you saying you would find the perspective of another KH or FF prequel more interesting than a KH3 or a FFVII-2?

        • K.PL

          Another prequel for Kingdom Hearts is entirely unneeded, everything leading up to KH3 has been explained through the other games.

          I myself would say BBS was far more interesting than the original Kingdom Hearts and most of the sequels.
          it explained a fair amount of things, had a MUCH better battle system and you could see the story from three different PoVs.

          Of course Kingdom Hearts 3 would be more interesting than another prequel though, it’s finally finishing the Xehanort arc that has built up over all of these years.

        • disgaea36

          No what I’m saying either way it can work if done right. Let me give you an example baten kaitos was a well made game for numerous reason and was praised for it’s uniqueness now instead of going with a sequel to an already finished story they decided to make a prequel to flesh out all those unanswered questions and little details the fans had. I can’t make you decide because we all have different preferences but i’ve yet to play a game where the sequel or prequel was worse than the other in that context unless you talking about consecutive games then that’s a different story.

  • Herok♞

    Guys Square is just making the Star Wars Prequels RPGs I don’t get why you would assume FF13 immediately.

    On a more serious note, I guess this will only be one game based on the trademark, and I doubt it will be for something we expect, They usually outright announce new Final Fantasy games, heck for all we know this could be a new IP entirely and Prequel Trilogy could just be the name.Heck it could be a collection of games, that they want to release. Basically I say wait this out, all the fear looks really silly.

  • Yan Zhao

    I will laugh so hard is they make a prequel TRILOGY for FF13.

    • Godmars

      Isn’t that what Type-0 was suppose to be?

      • Lastlight


        • Godmars

          But it was suppose to be part of the XIII. Between Type-O and what was once Versus before XIII got two sequels, one was suppose to be the past, the other future. Different eras on the same world.

          And no. Not trying to defend the crap which was XIII, just reminding that together the three games were suppose to be the Fabula Nova Crystallis saga before the whole thing fell apart.

          • XiaomuArisu

            They arent connected per se
            Its only the concept of crystal and goddess
            But the worlds are all different

          • Lastlight

            It’s not a sequel

            The only thing that was similar to FFXIII was the mythology and some terminology…I don’t even think they are in the same universe

            That’s the only reason they changed the name Agito to Type-0 cause they realized everything was too far apart from the world of FFXIII. The only thing keeping them in the Fabula Nova Crystallis saga is the mythos.

    • K.PL

      I enjoyed the XIII trilogy a good amount but.. it’s time to stop beating the dead horse. The third game and the post third game novel thing is enough.

  • Virevolte

    I place my bet on Romancing Saga.

  • Dragard Kaos

    Final Fantasy X prequel showing Jecht’s story.

    • LightningFarron19

      This is probably it. Would make sense. Either taht or FF7 since the 20th anniversary is coming up.

  • Pedro Furtado

    VIII’s prequel + IX’s prequel + X’s prequel
    Moar Laguna, moar Jecht, moar… something. Don’t know what we would do in IX’s prequel.

    • Ric Vazquez


    • crazyhunter

      Moar steiner young zidane and beatrix

      • Aha Disco Elf

        Young beatrix and steiner’s rivalry fo sho

  • Unlimax

    Its better be a new Parasite Eve or I’m completely done with you SE

    • Ric Vazquez

      New Parasite Eve RPG, great idea.

  • Ali

    FF13 please! I don’t think they’ve developed Lightning as a character enough if you ask me.

    Hopefully the prequels will focus on her past as a strong, feisty and mysterious guardian corps agent and round her already fascinating and complex character *sarcasm* I couldn’t keep a straight face whilst typing :D

    • They were never sure about how to develop her as a character, other than being a Female Cloud with Pink Hair and Anorexia, in the first place.

      • Ali

        I remember, they specifically designed her as a female Cloud, hence her name is that of a weather phenomena akin to Cloud, and Squall

      • confirmef

    • Kroz

      I thought you were serious for a moment there…good to see you have a sense of humor.

      • Ali

        Is it just me or does 3 prequels of anything seem a tad..much?

        • Kroz

          I would say yes, makes me think of the hobbit movies and how its 3 movies for no reason…i can’t think of any title in square’s library that could have a 3 game prequel

          • Ali

            Still haven’t watched LoTR or any mega-spanning-ultra-long-sequel spawning IPs. I’ll definitely get around to LoTR. Tell me, is The Hobbit any good? I saw a talking dragon and wet myself with awe

          • Kroz

            the hobbit movies are alright, just if you read the book you’ll wonder why they’re trying to draw it out for 3 movies….the book is not that long at all

          • Ali

            LOL My friend was complaining about that on facebook, I had no idea. Still, one of days I’ll lock myself indoors and get some watching done

        • J_Joestar

          George Lucas doesn’t think so.

          • Ali

            I know and he is renowned for butchering the Staw Wars franchise much like Akira Toriyama and Parasite Eve. Sorry, still bitter about that, I’m working on it with weekly A.A meetings. V__V

    • Ric Vazquez

      I almost had a heart attack reading your comment XD

  • Tenabrus

    A kingdom hearts prequel trilogy with a playable trio of young Xehanort Yen SId and Eraqus would be cool…

  • Kroz

    Maybe they should just work on Final fantasy 15….but what do i know, its not like anyone has been waiting 8 years for it

    • Guest

      They are, they’re a big company capable of handling multiple projects. Last we heard of FFXV development was going smoothly.

      • Kroz

        I hear ya….
        We didn’t even get any info at E3 this year, even though we had an crazy awesome trailer lat year. Meanwhile all we heard from Nomura is “It’s still in development….Hey check out this weird batman figure I made”
        this game was announced when 11…im now 19, can drive and going into my second year of college…..seriously

  • Mjollnir

    Hey, why not a FFXIV single-player prequel trilogy? That world has an epic history that’s begging to be explored.

  • Eilanzer

    Xenogears (Sophia and Lacan story?!) Shevat and Solaris war five-hundred years before the original Xenogears events…


    • Venus in Furs.

      Not likely. Most of Xenogears’ staff has left Squeenix. This is probably a trilogy prequel to one of the final fantasies.

  • kyrt

    Dissidia could use a prequel (and a sequel) I rather enjoyed that game.

    • Aha Disco Elf

      Dissidia sequel would be pretty weird since the cycle is broken and everyone returned to their respective world.

      A prequel before Duodecim would just rehash the same cycle with nothing ever solved. It’s going to be a massive despair fest.

      As much as I would love another Dissidia, I just think that the story is pretty much resolved cleanly. They just need to HD remaster that shit and add some new character, stage, and music arrangement as DLC and I’d still be sheep enough to buy em all.

      • why arent you working ther? make this happen!

  • Twilight Odin

    Am I the only one who really wants a FFXIII prequel?

    War of Transgression doe.

    • AndyLC

      It could even be a strategy game ala Ogre Battle

    • Mario Bros

      You mean you want mooooore?!!?
      You’ve got 3 games….
      Enough is enough.

  • Reiswindy

    I wish for more Crystal Chronicles……

  • Angel

    Final Fantasy Tactics: The 50 years war
    A man can only dream

    • mingledorff

      Wouldn’t the prequel to Tactics be FFXII though?

      • Angel

        That would be more a prequel to the Ivalice alliance franchise.
        And the story of Orlandu, Gafgarion and Ramza’s dad would be awesome !!

  • surakian

    Final Fantasy X: Auron, Jecht, & Braska’s misadventures
    Final Fantasy X: Sin Returns
    Final Fantasy VII: Journey from Spira to Gaia

  • OOO! Maybe you guys should start includin news like this. 2 Articles in one. Might help merge the rift between fans. I believe Atlus has no ill intent on square as they have callaborated on several titles now

  • CloudStrifeACC

    Parasite Eve/Final Fantasy VII/Drakanguard 3.
    But I’d be really happy if it’s Parasite Eve series.

  • ElAbuelo69

    Trademarks don’t mean anything guys.
    Remember the DQ trademarks that got our hopes up for some NA DQ news? Yup, it means NOTHING.

  • Valtiel Ikari

    please don’t let it be any thing to do with Lightning, let just forget about it.

  • AndyLC

    Final Fantasy VI: Dancing Mad

    The story of the first Magitek Soldier.

  • AndyLC

    Final Fantasy XI: The Crystal War

    seriously, XI has such an amazing, well fleshed out world that it’s a pity the MMO paywall scared so many FF fans away…

  • Audie Bakerson

    It’s interesting everyone is so afraid of more 13 they aren’t dreading a mobile game like every other SE announcement/trademark.

  • Rizo Riolo

    One SE developer said they had ideas for a story in Spira between Zanarkands destruction and Tidus summoning.

  • just please finish final fantasy 15 so i can see some kh3.

  • SakuStar Light

    hmm final fantasy 13 seems to be the best bet cant seem to let it go lol sorry had to make a frozen joke. I love thirteen and all but it seems like this may be more likely kindom hearts already had a back story done.

  • My guess is that it has something to do with Final Fantasy XV. Didn’t they say something about maybe releasing episodic content? And this game has been in development since the beginning of civilization, so they might make some short, episodic content to give players a taste of what the final game is going to be like. It could be a smart marketing strategy since the wait between announcement and release has been far too long. It could have the exact opposite effect too.

  • Ric Vazquez

    FFXIII prequel trilogy…for mobile.

    • Sylveria Shini

      Where they deserve to be.

      • Xx_Kares_xX

        Even mobile games don’t deserve that…

        • Ric Vazquez

          True that

  • IkariShinji

    Anything but FF and KH!

  • Astralwyrm

    3 ideas.
    Soul Reaver Trilogy set before Raziel + Kain’s falling out(my memory is fuzzy on this though)
    FF7 trilogy set when JENOVA arrived from the sky.
    Back to old form Front Mission trilogy…. because!

  • Jirin

    I SO want FFVI: War of the Magi.

    Start off in the world where humans and espers live peacefully side by side, show the war start and escalate to all out magic war, ending up with the espers being sealed away and magic lost to the human world.

    • Would love that to happen, but wouldn’t the ending be kind of depressing? That reminds me of KH 358/2 days.

  • Zantetsuken_Gilgamesh

    Would love to hear it was Chrono Break. But with SE’s trend of mobile gaming, no excitement here.

  • Sylveria Shini

    3 shit-tier mobile games incoming.

  • K.PL

    If any form of sequel or prequel for an already existing game was made I myself would love to see more of Final Fantasy X’s story. Mainly a prequel but the audio drama went and messed everything up so I also would like a game or something on the story of all of that.

    • Futbol_Skillz

      I’d prefer a sequel but much further down the road. With thoughts that FFX and VII are linked I’d love to see how and when Shinra left and found a planet to harness lifeforce.

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