GameInformer held a fascinating interview with Takashi Tokita, a producer and senior manager at Square Enix. Tokita was one of the directors for Chrono Trigger, and though GameInformer was in Tokyo to cover Final Fantasy XV, the interview took an interesting detour as Tokita reminisced on the development of Chrono Trigger. He talked about how at the time, Squaresoft and Enix were still separate entities, but Chrono Trigger came together through the collaborative effort of some of the top talent at both companies. “It was essentially a dream mix between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest; creating or exceeding what it was in its original form is a very difficult feat.”
Tokita mentions that this may be part of the reason Square-Enix has been reluctant to revive the series or do anything with the original game; it came to be in such a unique and unpredictable way, it almost seems sacred or untouchable. That doesn't mean it can't happen, though. In fact, Tokita is open to the idea, saying, "Personally, if there is ever an opportunity, I would love to see a high-quality, high-end version of Chrono Trigger, or a movie production, or something of the sort." Of course the internet has taken that statement and run with it, but I wouldn't expect any exciting announcements any time soon. Either way, I'd be pleased. If we don't get a remake, a CG movie in the style of Advent Children, albeit with more cartoony characters, could be really great. Here's hoping!