Square Enix’s Chrono Trigger, which was originally released for the SNES in 1995, is largely considered to be one of the single greatest RPGs of all time. In fact, since ’95 it has been re-released several times. A PlayStation port was released in Japan in 1999 and North America in 2001, a Nintendo DS port in 2008, and an iOS/Android port in 2011.

In spite of the fact that they have recently been porting some of their older games to PC, Square Enix never stated that they had any plans to release the beloved classic on Steam. However, that is exactly what they did on February 27, 2018.

Square Enix describes the Steam release of Chrono Trigger as the “definitive version of the game,” stating that “not only have the controls been updated, the graphics and sound have also been revamped to make your adventure even more fun and enjoyable to play.”

The game largely maintains its original look, albeit with some updated visuals and higher-resolution graphics. In addition, the game’s composer Yasunori Mitsuda helmed updates to “all songs” in Chrono Trigger to make for an “even more immersive gameplay experience.”

The Steam version of the game also contains the Dimension Vortex and Lost Sanctum dungeons from the Nintendo DS version, one of Chrono Trigger‘s most acclaimed iterations. This version will also support keyboard and gamepad controls, as well as feature an autosave function that activates as you explore the map. Despite this, however, the Steam release of Chrono Trigger largely takes its cues from the mobile version.

For the time being, the game is Windows-only. However, it only requires an Intel Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 530, and 2 GB of space (which is to be expected from a game that was originally released twenty-three years ago.)

Chrono Trigger is available on Steam now for $15 USD. A limited edition will also be available from now until April 2. Those who purchase that version will receive bonus content, including downloadable music, Mitsuda’s digital liner notes, and six wallpapers for their PC.


About The Author

Noah Dominguez
Jr. Staff Writer

A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.