Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition was originally developed due to concerns that the original game would become unplayable.
According to a newly published Square Enix YouTube interview With the development team (spotted by GamesRadarThe game originally started as a project to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary, which was to happen in 2019. Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition was eventually released in 2022.
“When the project was launched, Chrono Cross had the potential to become unplayable,” remake producer Koichiro Sakamoto explained during the interview.
There was a Game Archive service on PlayStation 3 that allowed you to play PlayStation 1 games. But PlayStation 4 was already on the market.
“We didn’t know at the time if the PlayStation 4 would also have a game archive service. It looked like Chrono Cross could become unplayable. So, a remaster project was created. That’s the backstory.”
The PS4 was released in 2013, which indicates that the project took nearly ten years to complete, despite it being more of an HD remaster than a full remake.
The game was released in 2022 and has received average reception due to performance issues on all platforms.
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition also included Radical Dreamers – Le Trésor Interdit, an “audio novel” originally released for the SNES Satellaview add-on in Japan only.
Radical Dreamers Edition made several changes to the original, such as the ability to avoid random battles. The character models have also been updated and the game’s soundtrack has also been reworked.
Chrono Cross, released for the original PlayStation in 1999, was one of several unannounced titles included in a September 2021 Nvidia database leak — a list the company later admitted was real, even if it said the games didn’t necessarily exist.
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