Takashi Tokita, one of the directors of Chrono Trigger, was asked by IGN about the chances of a Chrono Trigger sequel. Tokita, surprisingly, acknowledged the existence of the long-rumored Chrono Break and mentioned that ideas for the game live on in Final Fantasy Dimensions II, Square-Enix’s mobile game.
“There was actually a time when I planned a new title called Chrono Break,” Tokita told IGN. “Though it was canceled before accomplishing anything, the overall idea for the title was carried over to my latest game, Final Fantasy Dimensions II. Aemo’s character setting and the balance between the three characters at the beginning…these were based on the original concept [for Chrono Break] but were reworked for this title.”
Final Fantasy Dimensions II was once a free-to-play mobile title that was receiving low reviews on app stores due to its monetization loop. Square-Enix ended the free-to-play service at the end of October and immediately relisted the game as a premium title with a $14.99 one-time cost.
Square-Enix said as recently as their last financial quarter meeting that they hope to bring back old IPs, so perhaps this openness about Chrono Break indicates a desire to return to the series.
We spoke with Tokita last year about his possible ideas for a Chrono sequel and his ideas for a movie based on the IP.
Aemo’s character story and why she joins Morrow’s party after emerging from a meteorite start off as a mystery. How it gets from there to what would be a Chrono-like story is a bit of a spoiler, but Tokita’s insistence that it is an idea from the cancelled Chrono Break makes sense.