If there’s one JRPG that Obsidian would like to ‘Westernize’, it’s Chrono Trigger.
Talking to Siliconera about their upcoming Dungeon Siege III with Square Enix, Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart says that Square Enix was interested in Western RPGs, and Obsidian was interested in partnering with them, which made them a match made in heaven.
Asked about which game they would have liked to work one, Urquhart responds with Chrono Trigger, that old SNES RPG generally hailed to be of the greatest Japanese RPGs in existence. Lead Designer Nathan Chapman chipped in with “I think we’re going with Chrono Trigger because it has elements of a Western RPG. It’s more open, it’s still mostly linear, but there are parts you can explore more. There are lots of differences, like you can beat Lavos at different parts of the game and you get different endings based on that. There are obvious answers like dialogue trees and all of that good stuff. The seeds are there for that kind of development.”
“I think it would be fun to take the setting of a Japanese RPG, which is a weird mix of fantasy and sci-fi mashed together and make a Western RPG out of that,” he adds.
I think it would be terrific for Obsidian to remake Chrono Trigger, but they have a pretty abysmal chance of being given a go-ahead for that. It’s still nice to see that they appreciate JRPGs and don’t consider them an aberration, though. I always suspected that to be the case.