Giving gamers a fighting chance
Chrono Cross released for the Playstation back in 1999, and it remained as the only version released for over 20 years. It wasn’t until 2022 that Chrono Cross got a re-release on modern platforms as Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. Why on earth did it take so long for the game to come back? Chrono Cross’ writer and director Masato Kato was happy to explain.
Square Enix was looking for fans to ask questions about Chrono Cross, which would be posed to Chrono Cross’ writer and director Masato Kato. One of the questions asked why the go-ahead was given now for Chrono Cross’ return. Kato was refreshingly blunt in his answer, which you can see below.
It’s been over 20 years since Radical Dreamers -Le Trésor Interdit- was first released. Apparently Radical Dreamers was being sold for crazy prices, so when I was approached this time around about porting the game, I was like “Fine, go on then.”
Kato is keenly aware of just how much people were paying to get the game nowadays, and he clearly finds that unfair. Now those with a Switch can hop on the eShop and experience the 1999 classic with some extra bells and whistles, rather than coughing up hundreds of dollars for a Playstation original. Sounds like a good reason to us!