Once upon a time, in 2001 AD, Square Enix, then Square Co., registered a trademark for Chrono Break. Unfortunately for the excited fans that awaited a possible Chrono series sequel, no news concerning the title was ever published by Square and the trademark was eventually dropped.
Speaking with IGN, Takashi Tokita, the director of Chrono Trigger, was asked if RPG fans will ever see another Chrono game. Here’s what he had to say about that:
“There was actually a time when I planned a new title called Chrono Break. Though it was canceled before accomplishing anything, the overall idea for the title was carried over to my latest game, Final Fantasy Dimensions II. Aemo’s character setting and the balance between the three characters at the beginning…these were based on the original concept [for Chrono Break] but were reworked for this title.”
Like Tokita, the masterminds behind the original Chrono games moved on with their own timelines with other projects or companies, and a true sequel was never materialized. While the trademark is no longer in place, the name Chrono Break still remains somewhat of a beacon of hope for fans of the classic RPG series—after all, Square did in fact have a sequel in mind, and perhaps we may see it in some shape or form in the future.
For now, you can check out the Tokita-directed Final Fantasy Dimensions II that started out as a free-to-play title but re-launched as a premium title and released worldwide in October for iOS and Android devices.
Chrono Trigger first released in Japan in March 11, 1995 and in North America on August 22, 1995 for Super NES. Its sequel, Chrono Cross released in November 18, 1999 in Japan and on August 15, 2000 in North America on the PlayStation.