LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 17, 2001 -- Square Electronic ArtsSM L.L.C. (Square Electronic Arts), the exclusive publisher of all SQUARESOFT® products in North America, announced today the release of FINAL FANTASY CHRONICLES: FINAL FANTASY IV & CHRONO TRIGGER in July 2001. This special bundle package includes updated versions of Square's classic FINAL FANTASY IV and CHRONO TRIGGER role-playing games, originally released in North America for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1991 and 1995, respectively. One of the best-selling franchises in the history of videogames, the FINAL FANTASY series has sold more than 31 million units worldwide.
"We are pleased to deliver these two titles to our North American fans on the PlayStation game console," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "Since the release of Chrono Cross last August, we've received an overwhelming number of fan requests to re-release CHRONO TRIGGER for the PlayStation game console. We have added a variety of new features to both FINAL FANTASY IV and CHRONO TRIGGER for this compilation and believe this set will appeal to fans of the original games and introduce a new generation of gamers to some of our classic titles."
The FINAL FANTASY CHRONICLES set includes new opening and closing cinematic sequences for CHRONO TRIGGER as well as several re-creations of memorable sequences, all of which add to the game's emotional impact, answer lingering questions, and offer insight into the game's successor, CHRONO CROSS™. New FINAL FANTASY IV features include a "dash" feature, allowing players to move quickly through towns and dungeons; a two-player mode that allows two players to participate in battles together; and a completely new, improved localization of the original unedited story. In addition, it contains some new cinematic sequences and includes all the original monsters, abilities, items and scenes that were not seen in the SNES version.
CHRONO TRIGGER was originally released on the SNES in 1995 and is a time-traveling role-playing game whose story spans several different time periods. A collaboration between Hironobu Sakaguchi (FINAL FANTASY series), Yuji Horii (Dragon Quest), and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball Z), the title was dubbed the "Dream Project" and sold a record-breaking 2,500,000+ units in Japan in its original release.
FINAL FANTASY IV was originally released on the SNES in 1991 as FINAL FANTASY II. FINAL FANTASY IV is considered a groundbreaking title with its revolutionary Active Time Battle (ATB) system, which has become a standard in many role-playing games today. FINAL FANTASY IV was released for the PlayStation game console in Japan in 1997, but this is the first time that the title will be available for the PlayStation game console in North America.