Square's Big Secret: Chrono Trigger 2

GameSpot News gives you several reasons why you should believe Chrono Trigger 2 is coming to the PlayStation next month.

For the last few weeks, Japanese web sites have been rumbling with a rumor that one of the titles found on the Legend of Mana's demo disc will be a sequel to Chrono Trigger. Word on the street says that Square has also registered the name "Chrono Cross." Now, additional evidence appears to confirm that the rumor is correct. In a recent post to a public message forum, one of Xenogears' character designers dropped a bombshell:

"Some of former Xenogears staffs are now working for Square's two RPGs. 'Dewprism' (action RPG) and a big RPG. (Sorry, title is confidential. *A hint: 'Ch' begins the title*) and they do really good job. RPG fans will have a lot of fun in this winter holidays!"

Astute Square fans may remember that many "former Xenogears staffs members" were once "former Chrono Trigger staff members." And it seems unlikely that such high-profile staff members would be placed onto a "Chocobo" title - could this hint be referring to a title starting with "Chrono"?

Additionally, an animation company in Japan has been working on a project code-named "Anime of Toriyama Akira" (Akira Toriyama was the character designer for the first Chrono Trigger). And one source indicates that this project is "Chrono Trigger 2." This assumption is further supported by the large number of Chrono Trigger posters now adorning the company's walls. The CT sequel would appear to have traditional cel animated sequences similar to Xenogears'.

And the time is right for a Chrono Trigger sequel. At a recently announced international press conference to take place next month on July 14, Square is set to announce a huge, "new Square title not yet announced in Japan." With Legend of Mana's release set for July 15 - a mere 24 hours after the conference - this conference likely concerns the identity of one of the as-of-yet unrevealed games on the demo disc. It seems unlikely that Square would invite the international press to Japan for anything less than a marquee title, and it seems even more unlikely that Square would start Final Fantasy IX hype before Final Fantasy VIII's US release. Could a Chrono Trigger sequel be the planned announcement? An old promo reel of Square's from mid-1996 contained footage of a "Chrono Trigger 2"; while much of that technologies appear to have gone into Xenogears, it's clear that Square has kept the franchise in mind.

One final detail concerns Square's Japanese web page. This past March, Chrono Trigger was added to its archive of older Super Famicom titles - an interesting and late appendix to Square's history. But the "new" Chrono Trigger web page also features "new," never-before-seen artwork by an artist other than Toriyama. What's more, while found in the Super Famicom section, the art was classified under the internal web structure as a PlayStation game. A few weeks ago, Square changed the page's original artwork to the older, Toriyama-drawn artwork for the SNES game. While this eleventh-hour Chrono Trigger coverage and artwork swap may be just coincidence, it shows that Square is intent on making sure gamers don't forget about the original game.

All in all, the evidence strongly points toward a follow-up to the original Chrono Trigger. Millions of eager fans would love to see this "impossible" sequel finally come true - hopefully, Square will make an official announcement soon.

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Discussion

11 comments
ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I love to read these old articles.    Wonderful nostalgia!  Must have been a great time to be a PS One/Squaresoft fan.   6/27/2012

coopersaeli
coopersaeli

Chrono Trigger 2 is actually the game Radical Dreamers. It was only released in japan and was the original sequel to Chrono Trigger. Chrono Cross is actually a continuation of Radical Dreamers. Also there was a rumor for a while of a Chrono Trigger fan remake, but square-enix closed it down. On the official square-enix website, however, they have a trailer for Chrono Trigger remade for the ds. Here is the link: http://na.square-enix.com/ctds/ Another rumor concerning a Chrono Cross sequel i heard was the game Chrono Break, but from what i heard it was terminated, probably due to lack of budget.

Tzap
Tzap

ugh, doesn't matter if Chrono Cross received a 10, it is impossible to reach the legendary status of trigger. I don't even know why this game has the name "Chrono" in front of it. All of the game devs that worked for square have since left the franchise, damnit..... I guess we're just left with the classics, but thats good enough for me =).

Stavr0s
Stavr0s

I somehow doubt that it was ONLY in Japan, I just don't think that it was made. Go play Chrono Cross if you want a sequel. As much as I'd love a second game, I doubt it'll happen, EVER.

ShadowLaguna
ShadowLaguna

They were probably meaning "Chrono Trigger 2" as in "Chrono Cross".

SoulSlayer_
SoulSlayer_

Radical Dreams was used as the basis for Chrono Cross, and isn't considered canon anymore because it was overwritten by Cross.

king-of-ruckus
king-of-ruckus

chrono trigger 2: Radical Dreams, it happened but it was only in japan.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

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BlackSephiroth
BlackSephiroth

Pwned.. This was written 7 years ago. No sequel.. -BS

JimBran_1
JimBran_1

But this wasn't Chrono Trigger 2 was it? it was Chrono CROSS! A NON direct sequal! GameSPOT **** N00BS! :)