Chrono Trigger Is Now Officially Playable In 21:9 On Steam

PC version Chrono trigger which was released on Steam back in 2018,

Just received its first update in four years, and it’s surprisingly substantial, with the twist that the 1995 pixelated JRPG now plays correctly on ultra-wide displays.

As befits this game, before we get to today’s news, we’ll go back in time for a moment. When this particular version Chrono trigger dropped for the first time back in February 2018, it was a mess. While it was mostly a recent DS version of the game, it also had the awful “HD” graphics from the phone version and all sorts of little touches like menu prompts leftover from the touchscreen versions. To Square Enix’s credit, they spent the next few months fixing most of these issues, and by mid-2018 they were left with a good, if not perfect, SNES version of the classic. You expect a game to just sit there forever counting sales, so seeing a major update drop out of nowhere four years later is a big surprise.

The main thing it adds is 21:9 support, which you can see in this Japanese update trailer below:

I don’t know what got me so excited about it. These days, ultra-widescreen support is pretty common in PC games (and mods of older games), so it’s not about the resolution itself. I think it’s just the fact that it’s not only Indeed wide, it’s official (instead of requiring mods or emulation), which is a nice touch from a major publisher for a release like this.

In addition to 21:9 support, there are also “improved navigation bar controls”, some UI improvements, and more save slots.

You can see the full patch notes below:

Updated Features

Full screen mode is now available:

Full screen display with aspect ratio up to 21:9.

Screen mode added.

Improved management

Improved navigation bar controls.

Improved guide bar design to make it easier to see.

An exclamation mark will now be displayed for an interactive prompt such as “Speak”.

Changed the size of the dungeon entrance markings, etc. to be easier to see.

Improved event areas to make them easier to clean up when using touch controls.

Small additional control settings.

Improved fights

The speed of combat in auto-battles has been increased by 1.5 times.

Automatically continue with the automatic battle selected for the next battle.

It is possible to adjust the speed of the battle from the MENU.

Additional features:

Available save slots increased to 20 slots.

Fixed minor bugs.

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