Chrono series fans have been craving a sequel for years since the release of Chrono Cross in 2000 raised even more questions about the Square RPG universe. And while the March release of Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition was just a remaster, not a new entry, it did contain a hidden snippet of new content from the original creator himself: Masato Kato.
Spoilers ahead for the ending of Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition! Read at your own risk if you haven’t already completed both Chrono Cross and the packed text-based adventure Radical Dreamers:
The new content is small, subtle, and may not be an obvious find for most players. To access it, you must first complete both Chrono Cross and the Radical Dreamers text-based adventure and get at least one ending for both.
Once you’ve done that, you need to go to the Radical Dreamers Edition main menu (where you select which of the two games you want to play) and look at the credits. Watch them to the end, and you’ll stumble upon the following text on a black background, with no images, music, or animation:
That’s a lot of text, sure, but what does it mean? IGN reached out to Square Enix for comment, and while the publisher declined to comment on the meaning or context behind this addition, they did confirm that it was written by Chrono Cross’ original creator: Masato Kato.
The unequivocal insight from this additional content seems to confirm the identity of one of the protagonists of Radical Dreamers: Magil, the mysterious magician. Although it has been widely accepted by the fandom over the years that Magil is in fact Chrono Trigger’s one-time antagonist and deceased party member, Magus, this passage of text seems to fully canonize that theory by giving us a look at Magil’s perspective on the latter Battle in Radical Dreamers and connect them to memories only Magus would have experienced.
As a refresher, Magus is the secondary villain of a large part of Chrono Trigger. Once the young prince of the magical kingdom of Alacrity, his mother’s attempt to gain power through the space parasite Lavos sends him through time to the Middle Ages, separating him from his sister Schala. He then makes it his mission to kill Lavos and find Schala to finally assemble an army in the Middle Ages and face the protagonist Crono and his friends. When they spare his life, he joins the party and ends up fighting Lavos with them, but neither Chrono Trigger nor Chrono Cross see him reunited with Schala despite their rescue from a Lavos offshoot at the end of Chrono Cross.
Screenshots of Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition
Another possible reading of this text is that it is either a reference to future Chrono content, or alternatively, a final departure from the Chrono franchise by Kato himself. The lines from Magus seem to portend the coming of a new battle, but the last line cryptically implies that while individual moments and stories eventually end, the memories of those moments live on as their legacy.
Whatever the true meaning, it’s incredible that over two decades after the Chrono franchise was shelved, Kato stepped in to create new content, however secretive. We loved the original Chrono Cross and encourage people to take this opportunity to play the strange artifact called Radical Dreamers now that it’s more widely available. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to see more of Kato’s work in the near future.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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