Video Game: Crimson Echoes
Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes
"The Dream of Zeal is alive!
Sargon (to Melchior and Belthasar)
is a Fan Sequel
to Chrono Trigger
, taking place before Chrono Cross
. Through a series of fateful events, its formal release to the public in May 2009 after five years of development was thwarted when they reported Square Enix sent them a Cease and Desist letter
Though the project was cancelled under fear of litigation, the incident led to massive Internet Backdraft
in three forms, one consisting of fans of both the series and the project railing on Square Enix
for shutting down the project, another consisting of skeptical fans thinking the whole thing is/was a publicity stunt for attention (in particular, noting inconsistencies with actual
C&Ds sent by Squeenix and the plethora of non-C&D'd projects based on Squeenix properties), and a third consisting of copyright-supportive fans and legal brains railing against the modders for using Square Enix
's stuff in the project. It generated significant coverage in high-profile gaming blogs that led to the mod getting notice from Slashdot and Google News.
Eventually, a months-old and seriously-buggy alpha was leaked in late May and spread virally online and in file-sharing, and then a comprehensive playthrough video of the entire 98% complete beta version of the game was uploaded in many 10-minute segments
. A copy of a beta version that was 95% completenote was leaked to filesharing sites
and Reddit on January 17, 2011.
A different team started an alternate project consisting in modifying Crimson Echoes
, with a slightly different story and events. The project is named Chrono Trigger: Flames of Eternity
and has the tagline "The Rage of the Ages burns for Eternity...
If a Trope already applies to Chrono Trigger
proper, it probably shouldn't be duplicated here.
Crimson Echoes provides examples of the following tropes: