Six months after launch, Square Enix has released the third and final big update for Chrono Trigger on PC, wrapping up the publisher’s plans to improve its widely derided port of the classic Super Nintendo J-RPG.
You might recall that PC fans were briefly elated when Chrono Trigger surprise-launched on Steam back in February. However, players quickly discovered that Square Enix’s port was plagued with issues, from poor performance to an unwieldy interface and blurry sprite art – the latter two woes inherited from the game’s mobile version.
To its credit, Square pledged to address fans complaints, and has so far released two large updates for Chrono Trigger on PC. These added, among other things, original-style sprites, an improved UI, and better controller and keyboard support.
Chrono Trigger’s third and final big update brings key binding functionality, further UI improvements, and bug fixes. The flashiest addition, however, is a new extras menu, which offers a place to view Chrono Trigger illustrations, listen to background music, and rewatch movie scenes and ending sequences. Full patch notes can be found on Steam.
Although Chrono Trigger fans have responded well to Square’s trio of update, some are still disappointed that this final patch doesn’t address all concerns. There are still calls to implement the 1995 Super Nintendo version’s original interface, for instance, as well as features seen in the DS version, including the bestiary, dojo, and missing FMVs.
However, it seems unlikely that any of those will be making the transition to PC, given Square’s notice that this will be the port’s last big patch. “The project staff would sincerely like to thank everyone for their opinions and feedback during this time,” the publisher concludes, “Please keep supporting the Steam edition of Chrono Trigger.”