It hasn’t been talked about much in the West, but the Chrono-Trigger-inspired ATB RPG is coming to Japan in February.
One of the low-key, but surprising announcements coming out of Square Enix’s E3 2015 press conferences was the emergence of Tokyo RPG Factory, a studio dedicated to going back to Square Enix’s roots in creating classic-style RPG’s. Project Setsuna will be their very first title, and while there has been little press buzz about it in North America since its announcement, it’s coming out a lot sooner than you think. In fact, Square Enix Japan has released a new trailer showing off more of Project Setsuna, including a February 18, 2016 release date for Japan.
The very first thing you see in the new Project Setsuna trailer is a character walking through a snowy forest as the camera follows behind her, similar to that of Final Fantasy VI’s Magitek opening. Beyond that, the game actually looks very much like a Chrono Trigger reborn, with an Active Time Battle system in a three-player combat party (out of six shown characters) that allows teammates to combo attack strings together to create explosive damage.
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The problem for Westerners is that most of this information is in Japanese text and has not been adequately translated, so we can only glean visual information about Project Setsuna from its trailer. The designs of each character lend aid to guessing about a group filled with sword-wielders and a mage, even though each character seems to be Nomura-n in their “belts and straps” designs. Considering how all of the footage of the game so far showcase ice and snow, that will be a more interesting concept for world design as the game goes along its narrative path.
Project Setsuna has been confirmed for localization, and will be released on the PS4 and PS Vita when it’s ready in North America.