The complaints were loud and filled with rage when Square-Enix released Chrono Trigger on Steam last February. The 1995 RPG is worshiped among game aficionados as one of the best video games of all time and Square’s finest hour. Square’s PC port was simply the ugly mobile version, complete with giant buttons in a plain Arial font.
The good news is that Square listened to the griping and immediately started to work on a fix. The better news is that it’s ready. The first big patch for Steam’s Chrono Trigger went out today, and it fixes much of what people hated about it. The nasty “filter” that made the graphics blurry can now be removed with a menu option. The text boxes are smaller and now use a custom 16-bit font similar to the DS port of the game.
- ‘Original’ Graphics Setting: A new option will allow players to choose between the current high-resolution character sprites and background graphics, or an ‘Original’ mode which has a display style closer to that of the original CHRONO TRIGGER.
- Updated Font and Dialogue Boxes: Fonts and dialogue window graphics are updated to give the game a more classic look and feel.
- Adjusted Start-Up Sequence: The order of the animated opening sequences when starting a new game is reworked to be more in line with previous versions of the game.
- Additional enhancements and fixes to the text and graphics within the game to enhance the PC play experience.
Square says at least two more patches are on the way, and that future fixes include “additional UI changes to optimize gameplay for PC users playing with either a gamepad or keyboard and mouse, improved resolution in animated cut-scenes, and more.” We’re relieved the company listened to its fanbase on this one; many new gamers will be discovering Chrono Trigger though this port and it deserves to be a polished one.