Chrono Cross is coming to Xbox for the first time ever

Cult classic JRPG Chrono Cross is being remastered as Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. The announcement was made during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct event.

While highly regarded by JRPG enthusiasts now, the game was highly controversial during its initial 2000 release. As a sequel to highly beloved Chrono Trigger, fans expected to reunite with favorite characters. Instead the game focused on a young boy named Serge, who straddles between two worlds – the one he came from and the one in which he died as a child.

But despite the initially divided reception, Chrono Cross has earned its own loyal and devoted fanbase. It took place on an island contintent that felt dreamy almost idyllic, but its story was suffused with melancholy. And coming in at the tail end of the era of the original PlayStation was among some of the most beautiful games that Square released.

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The Nintendo Direct announcement have led some to believe that this is a Switch exclusive, but Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition will also be coming to PC and current gen consoles such as Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and is already available for pre-purchase at the Microsoft Store.

In addition to some visual upgrades, an enhanced soundtrack, quality-of-life features and other miscellaneous enhancements considered de rigueur for remastered and enhanced editions of classic games, the game will come bundled with Radical Dreamers (hence the name of the release), a text adventure originally developed for the Satellaview, an obscure peripheral for the Super Famicom.

Radical Dreamers is an obscure side story to Chrono Trigger that was written and directed by Masato Kato, who also directed Chrono Cross. While the story is irreconcilable with the canon and continuity of Chrono Cross, it does go a long way towards informing the motivations and relationships of its characters and the events that transpire.

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The big question that lingers over The Radical Dreamers Edition is the same one that lingers over any Square Enix remaster: will we be getting a loving do-over of all the art and music, or will we be getting blurry, low-res assets blown up to higher resolutions? We’ll find out when this remastered version of Chrono Cross launches on April 7.