Saturday, December 4, 2021

If the Chrono Cross Remaster Is Real, Please Let it Look Like This

We don't know if the reported Chrono Cross Remake is real or not, but if it is, we sure hope it looks like the cinematic trailer for the Chrono Cross and Another Eden crossover event, Complex Dream.

Set to the nostalgic opening theme Time Scar, the trailer shows off Serge, Kit, Harle, and Lynx alongside various Another Eden characters in a tribute to Chrono Cross' original intro movie. It's full of references, including the iconic moment when the camera zooms in on Kid's eye (with Feinne from Another Eden standing in here) and Harle's shot against a full moon.

And dang, they all look good.

Chrono Cross' intro is the kind of video game opening that still impresses even in 2021, but these shiny, high-quality renditions of Serge and crew are an exciting portrait of what could be, especially if that Chrono Cross remaster is indeed real.

While their Another Eden in-game selves have been shrunk down to chibi form, the crossover also comes with new full character art of Serge, Kid, and Harle that's just to die for:

And finally, there's this new piece of promo art, adding a few more familiar faces like Starky, Glenn, and FATE:

Chrono Cross released in 1999 for the PlayStation, and while it's dated in a number of ways, so much of its art and music remain stunning to this day. The art and trailer made for the Another Eden crossover event give a glimpse of what could be, and it's no surprise given that Chrono Cross veterans Masato Kato, Yasunori Mitsuda, and character designer Nobuteru Yuuki were all involved.

Another Eden's Chrono Cross-over is out on December 9, and we spoke to game director Daisuke Takeshima ahead of the announcement about the four-year endeavor to bring Chrono Cross to the mobile JRPG. Only time scars will tell if this is just a teaser for more Chrono things to come.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.


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