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Rumor: New Chrono Game To Use Luminous Engine On PS4?

This could go a long way toward restoring fan confidence in Square Enix. Then again, it might just be another of the many rumors to involve the company that have arisen and disappeared in the past decade.

You may recall that Agni's Philosophy tech demo that everyone ooh-ed and ahh-ed over for some time. It was created with the help of the Luminous Engine, which is widely expected to be used for a few Square Enix next-gen projects.

Well, based on one unnamed source (who made it clear that he was hearing this from a former internal source; i.e., a former S-E employee), it seems S-E has at least been toying with the idea of using that fancy new tech in a new Chrono title. You remember, right? There was the legendary Chrono Trigger on the SNES and Chrono Cross on the original PlayStation, which garnered a ton of praise and is commonly viewed as one of the best RPGs ever. Fans of both games will also remember the "Chrono Break" rumor that started early last generation.

If the project ever existed, it obviously dwindled away to nothing over the years. But according to the source, the name "Chrono" has never disappeared entirely and a whole lot of old-school designers at the company would love to see it return. It seems they might get their chance when the PS4 rolls around, and the Luminous Engine will go to work. Take this with a grain of salt, if you wish; it's probably a wise thing to do. Square-related rumors are iffy at best.

Tags: chrono game, chrono break, square enix, luminous engine, agnis philosophy

10/15/2012 10:02:02 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

bentl78
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 10:23:01 PM
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i say, dont use the name...
create a new ip SE... if they use the name..
people will moan and cry and bitch about.. 'OH THIS IS NOT HOW ITS SUPPOSED TO BE...'... like every single japanese franchise out there.
devil may cry, resident evil, ff, the list goes on and on....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:30:13 PM

Well they should stop making them into games they aren't supposed to be. Just a thought.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 5:11:11 AM

^ What World said.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 9:44:23 AM

Yeah. Imagine CoD being made into an interactive drama....

Same sort of extreme.

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bentl78
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 10:50:46 PM

the COD comment...
COD is always the same.. thats what people complain about nowadays..
if RE6 was like RE4.. exactly the same.. or even RE1.. it woulndt hold up to today's standard. people will bitch and moan too.

i still say companies should create new IPs.
instead of.. FF13-100 ...
create a spin off...

as ben puts it, he is additcted to FF-13-2. but.. not as a FF game.
if FFXIII-2 was not called FF, there woulndt be so much backlash.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 8:44:49 PM

A game can retain it's identity and exist with the same genre and still not be the "same" as the ones previous. Sure CoD is repetitively the same, but it doesn't need to be. FF's of the past changed quite a bit from title to title it terms of battle systems, but the core concept of gameplay remained.

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Dreno
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 10:26:55 PM
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this would be epicly amazing if true.

i remember reading allot about the possibility of "chrono break" and being pretty butt hurt when i read that square let the hold on the name go.

but, this would be amazing.

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VampDeLeon
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 11:23:13 AM

I concur. ^

Especially given how the Chrono series' world has always been big on the diversity of characters and the different time periods and despite their system's limitations they still made the game expansive on replay value. It would be amazing to see how much more expansive their next entry could be.

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Siris86
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 10:27:56 PM
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I would be deliriously happy if this is true. Thanks for sharing!

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xenris
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 10:31:05 PM
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I'll take three please. Hopefully all of the people making bad decisions at Square get alien parasites in their stomachs and have to get laid off and they let the talented employees out of the basement where they have been locked up because they thought that trying to appeal to the mainstream was a bad idea.

I hope square realizes that they have games like Deus Ex, sleeping dogs, and hitman I think is them to get western sales, and that they can just start making classic jrpgs again.

I also hope no one buys lightning returns.... I hope it fails and wakes square up in the harshest way possible. I seriously have no clue what they are doing over there.

Versus 13 is the last hope I have in this company, if that gets cancelled no more money from me. Ill buy all their games used.

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cLoudou
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:17:55 PM
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I'm not gonna hold my breath, its SE after all.

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Temjin001
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:23:28 PM
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That's just grand. Maybe the Chrono series will get it's own Nabisco Honey Made snack graham. Angry Birds did. (shakes head) ... angry ... birds ... did. They were in our pantry when I got home tonight. Angry Birds food. Game over. phones rule all these days =p

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ZenChichiri
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:31:12 PM

Kids at my school in Korea have Angry Birds pencil cases, pencils, stuffed animals, tshirts, and notebooks! It's crazy ;(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:32:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcayngErSMg

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Temjin001
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:34:13 PM

so I just referenced angry birds at amazon from anything from food to clothing because Im not really aware of the goings-on at retailers and grocery stores... but, after a minute or so of looking at the goods... oh man. thats it. I quit... a 99 cent cell phone game. a movie im sure is coming next year

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 5:08:31 AM

Temjin001,

Oh man, Angry Bird Crackers too???

So now Angry Birds can truly be called a half-baked game now.

BTW, don't forget that the AB game also went for a ride into outer-space recently too.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 9:45:44 AM

Zen! My old roommate and good friend is teaching in Korea now!

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Temjin001
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 2:37:26 PM

a tear in my eye World in remembrance of my long lost childhood ;)

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ZenChichiri
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 11:27:52 PM

@Underdog: Wow that's cool! Any idea of where in Korea your friend teaches? I've been here for too long, going on 3 years in 2013, but it's been great so it's hard to make that decision to come back home. Maybe next year ;)

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 8:46:20 PM

I believe he's in a place called Cheongju. Know where that is?

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ZenChichiri
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:32:17 PM
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I hope this series makes a comeback, but I also hope it doesn't get ruined. Chrono Trigger was kind of linear, but there was still an amazing world to explore and sidequests to complete. I hope this new game is able to capture that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:34:42 PM
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Man, I don't know if we should hope for any of the good JRPGs of old to return. Imagine what SE would DO to them.

*Raises a plague of hungry rats outside SE headquarters*

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:56:03 PM

Arrows to the knees are a more effective way!

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 5:15:32 AM

World,
It would be quite ironic were you to use the name "Dishonored" while using those attack-rats.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 1:25:08 PM

I was hoping the avatar would sell it :)

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Wrote
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:41:08 PM
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Though I never played cross I've seen screenshots and whatnot, I just can't imagine a chrono game using flashy next gen graphics, or even current gen graphics for that matter, even if it did retain the classic turn based open world gameplay.

Plus Square Enix would screw this up. I don't even think they're capable of doing true turn based anymore...

That's not to say I wouldn't be interested, provided it all sounds good and gameplay videos confirm it, id be on bored.

If this was as good as chrono trigger(please get the 'dream team's back on bored for this) then it could completely help the companies image.

-Wrote

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 11:52:21 PM
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Hmm never seen that before but looks good.

Also, like many others have said, im not interested in graphics as much as I am in better AI intelligence. Imagine in GTA following a ped, who got in his car and you were following him to his house from work or something. Environment realisticness, for example a construction project is started and based on time (not game progression) the project is closer to completion. Of course this sounds like a lot for a game (in this case GTA) but who would've known whe could do what we can do today in the past?



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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 3:20:24 AM
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I'll believe this when I see it... and if it is so I will welcome it with open arms.

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telly
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 11:43:54 AM
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Just don't understand how SE could have a property like the Chrono games and not make a new entry in, what, 14 years now? Don't they want to make money? Don't they realize how much people love those games? I truly do not understand this company at all. I really hope some video game journo does a huge expose on the inner-workings of SE's C-suite. I'm seriously so curious to hear what their decision-making process looks like.

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coverton341
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 1:22:23 PM
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I'm not going to hold my breath, but if they did make a good Chrono entry, I would pay any amount of money for it. Given their track record for making good games in a series though....

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homura
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 7:51:24 PM
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For Nintendo DS owners out there, check out (Bravely Default: Flying Fairy).

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