Takashi Tokita is known for his work as the lead designer of Final Fantasy IV, but he was also responsible for creating another classic JRPG beloved by fans, Chrono Trigger. In an interview with Game Informer, Tokita shared some info about the game’s development, and he also spoke about how a lot of people from the Final Fantasy VI team helped out with Chrono Trigger. This included Tetsuya Nomura, well-known for his character designs in Final Fantasy VII, X, and XIII, amongst other entries in the series.
“Once everyone was done developing Final Fantasy VI, hordes of staff helped out on Chrono Trigger,” he says. “At the end, we had a couple hundred working on the game at the same time. It was kind of like a grand festival – it was really fun. [Tetsuya] Nomura was actually creating the environment background pieces in Chrono Trigger – like the courthouse scene, that was created by him. But everyone probably enjoyed how we were able to do things we’d never done with Chrono Trigger. That was the most exciting part.”
Tokita also expressed his wish to see the game resurface again.
“Personally, if there is ever an opportunity, I would love to see a high-quality, high-end version of Chrono Trigger,” Tokita says. “Or a movie production, or something of the sort.”
Chrono Trigger did get a sequel titled Chrono Cross, and both games were held in very high regard by JRPG fans. Maybe one day, when Square Enix finally takes a break from the Final Fantasy series, they’ll look to Crono and his friends again.