I was listening to some video game soundtracks the other day and thought, “Man, I haven’t played Chrono Trigger in a long time.” Three days later, I’m blasting through Crono and friends’ time-traveling adventure, and I couldn’t feel happier! There is no question that it is one of the finest video games of all time.
Which is why this little quote is timely. One of the games’ many directors, Takashi Tokita, was interviewed recently by Game Informer, stating:
Personally, if there is ever an opportunity, I would love to see a high-quality, high-end version of Chrono Trigger. Or a movie production, or something of the sort.
For those who don’t know history, Chrono Trigger was created as a”dream team” game project with the best minds at both Square and Enix back when they were rivals and separate companies. Tokita explained further why he believes the game is held in such high regard.
It’s probably considered sacred since the companies merged. It was essentially a dream mix between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest; creating or exceeding what it was in its original form is a very difficult feat. Once everyone was done developing Final Fantasy VI, hordes of staff helped out on Chrono Trigger. At the end, we had a couple hundred working on the game at the same time. It was kind of like a grand festival – it was really fun. [Tetsuya] Nomura was actually creating the environment background pieces in Chrono Trigger – like the courthouse scene, that was created by him. But everyone probably enjoyed how we were able to do things we’d never done with Chrono Trigger. That was the most exciting part.
Oh, memories. But still, we’ve seen plenty of wonderful HD remasters over the years, and while they work for 3D games, their success on 2D an sprite-based games is far less impressive. It would be nearly impossible to improve upon Chrono Trigger with higher resolution sprites, and I believe a lot of that unidentifiable magic would be lost in the process. There is nothing you could do to make it better, and everything you can do to make it worse.
That’s what happens when you mess with perfection.
However, if Square Enix were to take the Final Fantasy VII Remake route and completely revise the game from the ground up, acting as a complement to the original and not a replacement, that I could get on board with.
What do you think? Full-blown remake? HD remaster? “Real” sequel?