Fan-made Chrono Trigger video reminds us we want a proper sequel – here’s five things we'd like to see

Let’s face it, the video game industry isn’t like the movie business. Why? Because our sequels usually get better rather than worse. So why is it that some of our most beloved games get shafted in the follow-up department? More to the point: why the -eff haven’t we gotten a proper sequel to Chrono Trigger? YouTube user Cole8353 decided to take matters into his own hands… kind of:

Above: I wanted to do that to Robo, too. Freakin’ Lavos

Found on GameVideos, this short taste of a prequel/sequel is made with the secret ingredient that many current Square-Enix games clearly lack: love. This isn't the first time that people on the internet that were right in the head tried to revive the time-hopping franchise, either. Square itself even trademarked something called Chrono Break some years ago, and nothing ever came of it. Seeing this video got us thinking, though: what do we want to see in a Chrono sequel? Knowing that us lowly plebes can’t possibly rebottle the same magic that was in Chrono Trigger, how can we still try to ensure that a sequel – if it ever happens - lives up to its golden legacy? In short, how can we avoid making another Chrono Cross? For your internet arguing pleasure, here are five things we'd like to see:


Get the band back together

Above: First he creates Final Fantasy, then he shreds a gnarly wave, then he steals your girl

Sure, we get the fact getting Hironobu Sakaguchi back to Square-Enix sounds kind of ludicrous (especially if he really does retire), but one cannot deny that the biggest part of what made Chrono good in the first place was the fact he, Yujii Hori, and Akira Toriyama created the RPG brain trust that it was. Now just imagine the meetings that took place in that think tank. Now try to think of it happening again. See where we’re going with this?


Lots of endings, and the good ‘ole New Game+

Above: See all those?

Chrono Trigger was a game chock full of options, and that made it pretty rad. Want to take on the last boss right away? Go right ahead. It’s that feeling of freedom that made going back to the game again and again so worthwhile. This nifty feature seems like a gimme in a post – Trigger world, but even Square chooses not to include it in all of their games. So, while it may seem, well, kind of dumb to point it out, we need to have this.


A whole lotta Frog

Above: Be like Frog and vaquish evil, fools.

We understand the fact that not every character can come back for the sequel, but having one in particular make the cut is a concession we think Square can make. That character is Frog. We shouldn’t have to explain this, but if you need a reason, just check out his stoic pose and epic cape. Not only does he weild the Masamune, but he possesses the ability to drop a huge glowing frog on any knave fool enough to stand in his way.


The return of Chrono and Marle's son or daughter

Above: Sorry, we just blew it for you

Spoiler Alert! But come on, it's been 15 years, the statute of limitations dried up a while ago. We'd love to see Crono and Marle's child getting into the action in the sequel. He/she would be a great way to naturally connect the games' stories together without it feeling forced. Just so long as he's not an emo ladyboy with a penchant for whining about everything we'll be happy. No seriously, please don't make him an androgynous baby.


An explanation of Chrono Cross’s ending

Don’t watch this if you haven’t finished it (and, to be fair, you should).

Above: This is spoiler-tacular

Schala in Tokyo? I get it, but…hurm…an extension of this might be in order. This begs the idea of finding more interesting ways to blend all of the games (Trigger, Cross, and the obscure Satellaview game Radical Dreamers) together into a more cohesive whole. Of course as with any time travel story, it'll take a deft hand to put everything together without making it all blow up in a huge retconned nightmare.

Now, don’t be fibber and say that you don’t have your opinions and ideas. Lay ‘em on us in the comments, if you please.


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Aug 27, 2010 


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  • philipshaw - August 28, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more but I think SquareEnix are too busy with other stuff to do it :(
  • avantguardian - August 28, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    feel free to hate if you want, but, while i love CT, and would certainly play it again, i thought chrono cross was a MUCH better game in every single way...nostalgia be damned...but you know, diff'rent strokes...
  • Tenfey - August 28, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    This article is primarily about and contains material from Chrono Trigger, thus I find it very enjoyable.
  • StuntzMcKenzy - August 27, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    @ThePrivateer: Agreed. But I think people problems with it is that the two games feel so different. I played Cross before Trigger and it's one of my favorite games ever. But then when I went back and played Trigger I had a hard time finding the same things that I loved about Cross in it. Triggers a great game but I fell in love with the world, music, art style, characters and overall story of Cross which barely shares any of that with Trigger.
  • ThePrivateer - August 27, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    Wait a minute - what's wrong with Chrono Cross? I thought it was a worthy sequel, and one of my top five RPG's.
  • eternal85_gamesradar - August 27, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Chrono Trigger could be the best selling game on the PS3 store and XBL Arcade ... and it's sequel ... forget about it. There is a greater army of CT fans than there are CT haters ... Perhaps Square/Enix is afraid to touch the series, I mean come on, revered as probably the best RPG of the SNES nor any console for it's isometric, character driven story ... a proper sequal (with an HD prequal/sequel) could be something people will talk about for years t come
  • zayleffein - August 27, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    A change in art style would take away from the experience of Chrono Trigger/Cross, so if they ever decide to remake a game I hope they do it as close to the original as possible with all the newest technologies to make the characters look the same yet more lifelike than the old snes and ps days. For storyline, I think a continuation of story would be a bit late to do, so maybe they should start with a new timeline, all new cast and villains. Magus was one of my favorite characters story-wise and he could conceivably still be alive in the future. *shrugs*
  • tuomotaivainen - August 27, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    @oufour I can't say anything for Dragonquest since I have never played any version of it. But as for Chrono Trigger you really only see that art style on the game box, character portraits, and in the cut-scenes (which were added in the PSone version). So it's not really all that bad and to me is perfectly tolerable judging how awesome of a game Chrono Trigger is aside from that.
  • Thequestion 121 - August 27, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    I so want a sequel. It would be awesome.
  • oufour - August 27, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    can we please change the art style? that's the one thin that keeps me from chrono trigger and dragon quest, that horrible art style.
  • paganpoet - August 27, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    As much as I thoroughly enjoyed Chrono Cross, I always thought it took the story for an unexpectedly dark turn, what with 4 of the main characters from Chrono Trigger meeting some pretty terrible fates. And the gameplay itself had so little in common with CT. I think a midquel would be a good way to try to tie up some loose ends. But then again, when it comes to time traveling and parallel universe plots, maybe gaping plot holes and unexplained things are to be expected (e.g. FFVIII)
  • DarxStar - August 27, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    First, I think. Frog should come back, as he was awesome and had the best theme ever.

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