Chrono Trigger headed to iOS next month

Square Enix confirms classic RPG will hit iPhone, iPod Touch in December with touch-customized controls.

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Apple's mobile devices have served as host to several Square Enix rereleases over the past few years. Early Final Fantasy games and Final Fantasy Tactics are already on the App Store, and the role-playing game maker is readying another fan favorite from its back catalog for release on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Chrono Trigger gets yet one more rerelease next month.

Square Enix has now confirmed that its time-traveling role-playing game Chrono Trigger will hit Apple's handsets next month. The RPG classic was originally released on the Super Nintendo, but it has seen a number of rereleases throughout the years, with the most recent being a PlayStation Network reissue as a PSone Classic last month.

The iOS version will feature a reworked user interface that is more suited to touch controls. Language options for the iOS version will include Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. Square Enix did not indicate whether an iPad version of the game is in development.

An exact release date and pricing have not been confirmed, but other high-profile rereleases from the Final Fantasy publisher have hit the App Store at $16.

Chrono Trigger focuses on a main character named Crono and his friends Lucca and Marle. When inventor Lucca's teleportation experiment inadvertently sends the friends back in time, they discover an ancient evil that will one day ruin their world, and so they set out to stop it. The game featured a wide variety of fantastical environments throughout its multitude of time periods, and it drew acclaim for its storyline.

Discussion

56 comments
RalpT-101
RalpT-101

Lol! there is 0% difference from the original! big rip off.

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Great game, but I'm going to pass. It's too pricey, especially for a game that has been re-released a couple of times.

HappyBB
HappyBB

$16 a piece!? Wow, that sure is expensive! I'll pass.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@Son_Jazrin And I didn't. What's it to you if I choose to play the game on my phone?

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

@NeonNinja You could've played it on your choice of 4 (or more) different emulators ANYTIME in the last 14 years. And with the filters they have, I promise it will look better than the new ports will.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@leeko_link and Xbox360! I just helped you finish that list you have made. your welcome!

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

Hey! Square-Enix! Xboxlive next!!!!

motang
motang

Since it is turn based battle system, it will work well on touch screen.

freestyler_85
freestyler_85

haha I got this on Android via Snes9x. $16 ? ... lol

ZIROPC360
ZIROPC360

eleven years and there still isn't another chrono game - even though they have been so much better than FF.

spooky102
spooky102

I'd rather they work on a new Chrono game, possibly Chrono Break and then release it maybe for the PS3 or Vita or 3DS or Wii U. I would be awesome, if Square-Enix do it right that is.

tidusjeff
tidusjeff

@johnrayjr Square enix didn't go into detail about how much time is spent porting to iOS plus no one really knows if they will do the same thing as what gamers been saying about FFT. And leeko_link statement involving "we" as everyone isn't the smartest way make the point about milking a game. Compared to SE making a completely new chrono title. Afterall, just because Apple antiboys & chrono fans don't approve that decision, isn't going to stop SE from using chrono trigger as a cashcow even if it only grants them 30-100,000 downloads.

johnrayjr
johnrayjr

@leeko_link The amount of effort it takes to port Chrono Trigger to iOS platforms is a tiny, tiny fraction of the effort and resources that would go into developing a new title in the series. It's not a wasted opportunity. It's not like the people working on the port could have produced a full blown new game instead.

s0l1dsnake
s0l1dsnake

@leeko_link Square isn't what it once was, like the rest of silicon valley the industry grows up quick. And it's not the same imaginative and creative company that it was all it's about now is milking brand names for all they're worth *cough cough* activision.

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

How about showing some love to EU PSN users? We don't get anything and it makes me :(

Ovirew
Ovirew

The most overrated RPG in the history of video games gets ported again.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@Freezezzy C. Cross is already on PSN.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Dammit, for all these extra times that Square Enix spend milking Chrono Trigger for platforms we don't care about (iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, etc.), they could have use those times in developing a new Chrono sequel for the real gaming consoles (DS, DSi, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, PSP, Vita, PS3). Such wasted opportunity.

CTBradums
CTBradums

@Son_Jazrin: I couldn't agree enough. That was an ingenious project by true fans of the series; and instead of using it or embracing it, they crushed it. It's a little ironic that a little team of amateurs could reinvent the game with 3d graphics and updated orchestral sound, but all the actual big-time company has done with it is re-hash it for every possible outlet. I'm a die-hard fan of CT, since 1995, and even I can admit that.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

I guess its good for the kids who didnt get to play any of the other releases of it.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@Son Jazrin Find it ridiculous all you like, but I've never had the chance to play it and now I finally do.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

Square Enix's plan to put all their 2D RPGs on every machine ever made is one step closer to fruition.

sal_stinger
sal_stinger

cool but i beat this game on my android few months ago when xperia play came out..

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

Don't get me wrong, I love CT and have all 3 versions of it. But I find it ridiculous that they're rereleasing it again, basically unmodified, 16 years later and they wouldn't greenlight the CT:R project.

Melchior111
Melchior111

There's nothing as rock solid as the nostalgia dollar to keep companies afloat

Asm92784
Asm92784

I have the PSX and DS versions of Chrono Trigger already, so I am not so much concerned with this game, but when is Square (and other game companies for that matter) going to start giving us some good stuff like this for us Android users?

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

@ Gh05t_ Actually, Chrono Cross IS on PSN now. It's been on PSN since November 7th.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

You all complain that this game's being re-released on anything and everything nowadays, but think about it. IT'S ONE OF THE GREATEST RPGs TO HAVE EVER BEEN MADE!! Why are you complaining about it!

Gh05t_
Gh05t_

SWEET! But really... WHERE IN THE WORLD IN CHRONO CROSS!!!! WHY IS IT NOT ON PSN YET?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

I have the DS Version, the PSX version, and a copy of the SNES version, I will pass on this. The DS version anyway is the definitive version of the game, so no thanks.

trastamad03
trastamad03

Ok Square Enix... When we asked for more Chrono Series... We meant more games in the Chrono Universe not releasing the same game on every platform that ever existed... Stop rehashing and re-release past gems, MAKE SOMETHING NEW FOR A CHANGE.

LovePotionNo9
LovePotionNo9

Great. Now more people can experience this amazingly fun, awesome-looking, great-sounding game. It's my wish that some day they also localize Radical Dreamers. If fans ask enough, maybe they'll do it.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

i wonder if they still know how to make games like that, or does nobody work with sprites anymore... theres an unmistakeable charm about these games, perhaps its nostalgia, but to this day i still think hand drawn sprites are good lookin. wish they would make an official sequel to this game

franzito
franzito

For iPod Touch 4G? It's cool but I already have 2 versions of the game. Besides, I bet the battery will be drained fast from playing for hours

otanikun
otanikun

Why? I understand that this is a classic game but the iPhone/iPod Touch? Why?

unreal_master
unreal_master

Giving the amount of content and how many hours this takes to beat how would you honestly even play this on an iOS? The battery life on phones are bad enough just by making a phone call or using a gps navigation system.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

@cdog21 chrono cross is in the psn store or alternately, you can pick up a black label for as low as $10 (PS1 games can run on any PS3)

cdog21
cdog21

Where in the heck is Chrono Cross. How many times are you gonna keep releasing the same game over and over. Seems like a new port of Chrono Trigger comes out every 2-3 years. I haven't seen Cross since the freaking Playstation.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

This game is a really great classic (took me forever to beat). I would love to play this with a controller not a touch screen.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

You know, I got a freaken DS just for that game... Great game and all, but now I wouldn't have had to get the DS since I already have iPhone/iPad AND a PS3... Did get a Mario game too though so not all bad.. Amazing game even after all this time. Sadly too many young people think the graphics are what matter and won't experience a classic because of that...

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

@unreal_master Much as I love Chrono Trigger, I, too, would like a sequel. Speaking of which, how long until we start seeing ports of Chrono Cross? Maybe it's like those loyalty programs some stores have, where after you buy a certain amount of goods, you get some kind of bonus.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I'm going to guess they'll ask for at LEAST twice as much as pretty much every other game in the app store. Square Enix is horrible with overpricing everything they sell... They do it REALLY badly with their ios games, and they've done it with DS games too. I'm really not sure why they price their stuff more than everyone else...

shabulia
shabulia

Great, great... How about some Chrono Cross love or even a new game in the series?

zzamaro
zzamaro

I don't like when companies like SE, Capcom and Nintendo re-releases their games way too many times, and they have done this each generation. That's why we don't see many new good IPs(SE) from or none at all(Nintendo). It's kind of ironic but it seems their re-releases/remakes sell very good if their are actually re-selling old games more than any new games.

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

You wouldn't believe me how bad already it is to play FFXIII on PS3, even with a high end setup. CT was great, but it was from a different company.. One which SquareEnix is leeching off with their desperate re-releases.

tidusjeff
tidusjeff

I've heard many things about how SE isn't fond of optimizing iOS games. Judging by my experience playing other ios games, game developers seem to be getting better programming games compiled in xcode. But developers like SE don't go for polishing games and getting people to buy iOS games with the pricing model they have right now. So I don't think it's going to work well.

MGSKojima
MGSKojima

I can already say, their tendency to bring back old games on ios is terrible. Expect this one to be a horrible port as well.

SonicX_89
SonicX_89

A new Chrono game would be nice. However, If Square insists on re-releasing this game every 6 months, I wish it would hit XBLA already.

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

@ unreal_master This reminds me of Square Enix doing this to us with FF7. The fans want a true FF7 sequel (or current-gen remake), yet instead Square-Enix beats around the bush by releasing... FF7: Crisis Core (PSP) FF7: Advent Children (movie) FF7: Before Crisis (Cell phone) FF7: Dirge of Cerebrus (shooter; PS2) FF7: E3 PS3 Trailer (to tease us) FFX'ish Sequels (because they can!) Basically, Square-Enix doesn't listen to its fan-base whatsoever, and instead of giving them what they want and making money, they mock the fans by teasing them with everything they do not want. Chrono Trigger shares the same fate.

KeleenRem
KeleenRem

I don't think I want to buy this game again...