Square's Plans for 2000
Today, Square-Electronic Arts confirmed that Chrono Cross, Legend of Mana, and Dew Prism will arrive in the U.S. on the Playstation in the year 2000. This information came straight from Square Soft of Japan, where, in the next couple of days, they will present its lineup to the Western press.
Here's some information based upon all three games:
According to Square, Chrono Cross will have four main characters - Serge, Kid, Yamanenko, and Glen. It will also use a unique battle system similar to the one found in its prequel, Chrono Trigger (called Chrono Sequence in Japan). Chrono Cross' characters can blend magic, items, and physical attacks to create strong offensive attacks. With a highly refined polygonal look, the completely 3D worlds uses magnificent textures and detailed backgrounds.
Another game in the lineup is Dew Prism, which was made by the same team that created the hit RPG, Xenogears. This action/RPG features the new duo-character concept, which enables each character to experience his or her own story. Not only will each character's story be different, as well as new, but they will also have their own original endings. The two main characters, Rue and Mint, each come with their own special abilities and weapons. For example, Rue, the 'hero', can use his Arc Edge sword to transform himself into various monsters. Also, Mint, the 'heroine', can use her Dual Halo boomerang to cast multiple magic spells, which range in different effects. Dew Prism appears to have taken much of its look and feel from the semi-popular action RPG, Brave Fencer Musashi, mixing in the platform-style action with RPG elements.
In Legend of Mana, also known as Seiken Densetsu: Legend of Mana in Japan, Square has broken the long-awaited confirmation that RPG fans in the U.S. have been waiting for. Players can choose between two different main characters (ranging from both male and female sprites), each with their own quest. Legend of Mana will also include a utility called the Landmake system, which allows users to use magical artifacts to create their own landscape. The Mana series will finally return to the U.S. with the eight elementals, gorgeous backgrounds, and weapon-based special attacks.
As you can tell, Square Soft will have its hands full in the year 2000. RPGFan will bring you any additional news about Square Soft's plans as it becomes available.
July 14th, 1999