Chrono Trigger is rightly considered to be one of the finest JRPGs ever made. Released on the Super Famicom / SNES back in 1995, the title was critically lauded upon release and has since been re-released on the Nintendo DS to equally effusive acclaim.
Despite the game's enviable status in the history of gaming, it's easy to forget just what a massive deal it was at the time. It marked a meeting of minds in terms of JRPG talent, as it involved Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and Yuji Horii, who was freelance at the time but was famous for creating Enix's Dragon Quest. To cap it off, artist Akira Toriyama - whose designs have graced pretty much every Dragon Quest title - was also involved.
Speaking in an interview with Game Informer, director Takashi Tokita sums up how special the "dream team" behind the title was:
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.
Chrono Trigger has recieved sequels; the text adventure Radical Dreamers in 1996 and Chrono Cross in 1999. However, the original is ripe for a remake of some description, says Tokita:
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.
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