Earlier this month, rumors began surfacing about the next ‘big remake’ for PlayStation, with sources claiming that an announcement could be made as early as this December. While there were only speculations regarding what the possible IP could be, some new details have come to light that point towards a beloved Square RPG. Originally released for the PlayStation in 1999, Chrono Cross made an appearance in the previously leaked Nvidia database files back in September. Now, all of the puzzle pieces are beginning to point towards it as the next massive remake coming not only to PlayStation but to multiple platforms–if reports are to be believed.
As the rumors began, folk singer Éabha McMahon, also known as Ava on stage, confirmed in a radio interview that she had taken part in a recording session for a PlayStation game along with composer Michael McGlynn and his daughter. Less than two weeks prior to this talk, Chrono Cross composer Yasunori Mitsuda had, curiously enough, posted a photograph of McGlynn and his daughter in a remote performance. As far as coincidences go, this is a pretty crazy one. Thankfully, XboxEra co-founder Nick Baker laid it out flat in a recent interview on the XboxEra podcast.
“Chrono Cross Remastered, I think, was already on the Nivida leak list, so the game shouldn’t be a surprise – it was on Nvidia’s list. But I was told that that VGC article is about Chrono Cross Remastered. What else I was told—because everyone’s working under the assumption that it’s a PlayStation exclusive—I’ve been told that it’s not. The only word that was used was ‘multiplat.’” It’s unclear what other platforms might see the game, though Baker gave his assumption of PC and Nintendo Switch alongside a PlayStation release.
Chrono Cross was released in 1999 for the PlayStation and is set in the same world as 1995’s Chrono Trigger. The game received critical acclaim upon release, earning a perfect score from GameSpot, who praised the game’s plot, innovative battle system, characters, music, and graphics. Out of the nearly 40,000 games that GameSpot has ranked, only nineteen have been given a perfect score as of November 2021.