Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes was a fan-made ROM modification for the widely-acclaimed SNES RPG Chrono Trigger. I say “was” because Square Enix have sent the fans a Cease-and-Desist letter, letting them know that if the project is released, there will be a lawsuit. The mod “featured ~35 hours of game play, 10 multiple endings, and 23 chapters, much like the original Chrono Trigger; it was around 98% complete.” As ZeaLitY says, the game was made only out of the goodness of fan’s hearts and certainly not for profit. The video above is the trailer for the game, made this year.

I must say that I feel this is a bad show on the part of Square Enix. This was a fan-made mod, with no intent for profit, and people had spent countless hours of their lives in the process of making this game. What harm can a mod like this do? Surely it can only provide free advertisement for their game. My consolations to the fans who put all this work into the game only to have it completely trashed.


  1. Square-Enix are a bunch of dicks, greedy assholes that only survival is on the Dragon Quest series (from Japan) and Final Fantasy series (from North America) income that is brought in with those games. They seem to like to stop all creation from probably the only game that is enjoyable, and you can say you like it without feeling shame like with Final Fantasy VII. I felt insulted with the so called "remake" to the Chrono Trigger game for the Ds, why didn't they remake it like they did with the Final Fantasy games? Lazy! There is no excuse. Now for people like that one group who were actually REMAKING the game got shut down a few years back, now these people who were just making mods. I don't see people getting sued for doing Fallout 3 mods, or any of the others. What makes Chrono Trigger god?

  2. Honestly, I think this is a function of misunderstanding how copyright law works. I don't know if Enix could win that suit because the fans would not be making any money off of it. Or, perhaps more accurately, I don't know why they would bother. A copyright suit is a suit to gain back the profits from the breach of copyright. No profits: no reason to sue. The fans should drop their balls, and just release the damn thing, and see what Enix is really willing to do.

    Also, a huge fan backlash could convince the company that this is a bad idea.

    On the other hand, they are still making money off Chrono Trigger (I just recently bought it for my DS, so I can see how Square might be concerned).

  3. i think that square-enix is the best game making thing ever. no matter what happens. so whatever you say, it will always be the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!