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These games are supposedly what became of Chrono Break. Another Eden was written by Masato Kato and contains his vision for the game, while the rest of the Chrono team (Sakaguchi, etc.) ended up putting their ideas into FFDII. Unfortunately, we can't find good plot summaries anywhere to actually theorize what the games would've been if they were still in the Chrono franchise.

The APKs can be found on Google and emulated on one's PC (no need to buy/play them on an Android device, I think...)

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For its worth a plot summary of Another Eden seems to be in the works in TV Tropes.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/AnotherEdenArcITheCatBeyondTimeAndSpace

Done only up to Chapter 6 of the game so far. Though no idea if it's still in progress or long stopped.

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I didn't write up a full synopsis, but I did do a summary of Another Eden somewhere around here. I played through the entire 1.0 storyline because it was the closest thing to a Chrono game we could possibly have; they've since added several modules/expansions that continue the storyline, though, and those I haven't played.

I can try to write up what occurs up to 1.0, but it will be a little while.

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Jeez, so it's still updating, even...man. These mobile RPGs are like their own little world, separate from everything else. I can't really wrap my head around it. Yeah, anything you can throw out would be cool.

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Here's a writeup. Just a reminder, the game is broken up into "parts" -- here is the synopsis for the first part.

PART ONE: THE CAT BEYOND TIME AND SPACE

Chapters
Chapter 1: Dawn Rises in Baruoki.
Chapter 2: Pursuit: The One Waiting in Moonlight Forest.
Chapter 3: Elzion: Echoes in the Sky.
Chapter 4: Roar in the Ruins: Rise of The Synth Humans.
Chapter 5: You're Gone?! Our Lost Future.
Chapter 6: Salamander Encroached Upon from Another World.
Chapter 7: Acteul: A Figure on the Water.
Chapter 8: Palsifal Palace: Heed the Wishes of the Oracle.
Chapter 9: Fear the Man-eating Marsh: Lord of the Abyss.
Chapter 10: Tower of Time: Peering into the Embryo's Dream.
Chapter 11: Spacetime Rift: Lost in Time.
Chapter 12: Homecoming and Dark Clouds Gather: Ogre Rancorem Roars.
Chapter 13: Fight to the Death: Miglance Castle is Burning?!
Chapter 14: Return to Elzion: Reflections of Professor Chronos.
Chapter 15: Call from the Stars: Xeno-Domain.
Chapter 16: The Truth About Chronos: Family Portrait.
Chapter 17: Cataclysm: Escape the Great Timequake.
Chapter 18: Great Timequake!: The World Trembles and Falls.
Chapter 19: Twilight of the World: The Shores' End.
Chapter 20: The Riftbreaker Embarks! Designation: Synth Hydra.
Chapter 21: Tower of Stars: Behind the Mask of the Oracle.
Chapter 22: Infiltration: The Beast King's Castle! Altena's Tears.
Chapter 23: Storming the Dimensional Vortex! Echoes of the Phantom.
Chapter 24: Chronos' Umbra Falls! Hear the Darkness Roar.
Chapter 25: Time Grieve...Fly! Mourning Kyros.
Chapter 26: Friends: To Another End of Time.

The Synopsis:

Adopted siblings Aldo and Feinne live in the Present Era of 300AD, having been found in the Moonlight Forest and adopted by the kindly Mayor of Baruoki Village 16 years prior. This era is one of unrest, with much of the human realm (based largely in the capital city of Miglance) fighting a war with the violent beastmen of a neighboring land. The humans of this era take for granted the existence of Prisma, elemental magic objects that make everyday life comfortable and easy.

One day, Feinne is kidnapped by the beastmen and their leader, the Beast King. Aldo and a village cat, Sorik, give chase into the Moonlight Forest. While fighting the beastmen, a magical sword is summoned by Aldo: the Ogre Rancorem. This magical, talking blade from long ago vows to give Aldo strength, while secretly plotting against Aldo.

The beastmen and their King succeed in fleeing with Feinne, but before Aldo can take further action, he and Sorik are pulled into a seemingly random space-time distortion.

Aldo emerges 800 years into the Future Era, in the year 1100AD, a time when much of the planet's surface is destroyed and that humanity now lives on flying islands. This is because of an energy crisis in which much of the once-prominent Prisma has become inert. Most humans live in the high-tech capital of Elzion, fighting an endless war with artificial constructs known as Synth Humans. Here Aldo is befriended and aided by Synth hunter, Amy and a kindly robot worker named Riica. The trio encounter and fight high-ranking Synth Humans, Galliard and Helena, ultimately ending in Galliard's demise.

However, before Aldo and Amy can celebrate, a time quake occurs and Aldo helplessly watches as the timeline warps and changes around him. His ally Amy mysteriously disappears, erased from history, and both Elzion and the entire world turn to apocalyptic ruins. An enigmatic specter, the Phantom, then appears to Aldo and explains that the timeline was altered at some point in the past, bringing about this new, apocalyptic future. The Phantom motivates Aldo to travel back and time and discover the origin of these changes, and fix the timeline so that the Future can be restored.

A wormhole in space-time appears and Aldo enters it (along with Riica, who still exists in this ruined Future), finding himself in the far past of 30,000BC, in an era known as the Antiquity. This time finds the world utilizing magic freely, humankind largely led by power-hungry King Palsifal and his masked aide, the future-seeing Oracle. This era also sees a unique blend of magical cities, prehistoric villages, and dinosaurs. The Era also sees protectors of the planet and elemental deities known as Eidolons, one Eidolon for each kind of magic element: Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water.

Aldo and Riica are immediately pulled into events that involve saving the Eidolon of Fire, Salamander, who had been corrupted by dark magic. Once the elemental deity is freed, Aldo and Riica travel west in the hope of reaching the Palsifal Palace, the capital of the land. En route, however, he encounters the Oracle, who cryptically mentions the Tower of Time, a strange tower on the western coast.

Upon reaching Palsifal Palace, King Palsifal is revealed to be working with the Oracle to climb and utilize the Tower of Time, which has the ability to rewrite history. Aldo learns that the destruction of Elzion he witnessed in the Future Era was actually the result of timeline changes by King Palsifal and the Oracle, for their own nefarious means.

Upon the advice of the Oracle, Aldo is captured and thrown into an underground marsh / prison. There Aldo encounters Cyrus, a human-frog samurai from a faraway 'eastern land.' The two join forces and escape the underground marshes and decide to travel to the Tower of Time to confront the King and the Oracle.

They enter and battle through the techno-organic tower and reach its top floor, where they find a gigantic chamber full of robotic heads. These heads act as quantum computers and have the ability to peer into every potential timeline and infinite future and project them back. At the far end of the room they find the source of the power to then rewrite the timeline: the Visus Embryo, a bio-organic supercomputer of giant, embryonic baby heads.

Aldo uses the Visus Embryo to undo the changes to the timeline, then destroys the Visus Embryo to ensure no one can use it ever again. The Phantom reappears to Aldo and his friends, thanking him for restoring the Future Era and the original timeline. It reveals that the timeline, now fixed, is "once more headed towards destruction." A confused Aldo confronts the Phantom, who reveals that it wants the space-time continuum destroyed, and that something within the repaired timeline, the Xeno Prisma, causes time quakes that grow in intensity and expand the universe at a faster rate until its energy rips space-time apart, destroying the very fabric of reality. The Phantom, calling Aldo "Kit of Chronos," explains that the future in which Xeno Prisma is created requires the existence of Elzion in the Future Era, and that is why it manipulated Aldo to restore the timeline and "save" this lost future. Before Aldo can react, a space-time distortion appears and pulls the heroes in.

Aldo, Cyrus, and Riica awaken to find themselves in the strange Spacetime Rift, a floating construct akin to a cobblestone alley. Recalling their confrontation with the Phantom, Riica mentions that there is a researcher in the Future Era named Professor Chronos, and wonders if Aldo being referred to at the "kit of Chronos" has anything to do with him. Despite their musings, they have no choice but to explore the strange Spacetime Rift.

Lit by streetlamps and full of unique denizens, this place somehow exists outside of space-time and has a room with pillars of light that can lead Aldo to various points in history. Aldo finds that one of these pillars of light leads to Baruoki Village in the Present Era. Content that the Future has been restored, Aldo and his friends decide to travel to back to Present Era of 300AD.

Upon returning to Baruoki village, Aldo finds that the war between Miglance and the beastmen has escalated into all-out war. While battling through beastmen troops headed to Miglance Castle, Aldo learns the truth regarding his magical blade, the Ogre Rancorem: it is cursed and is using Aldo to see all life destroyed. Hoping to break the curse, Aldo battles an ogre-like manifestation of the sword and is successful. Ogre Rancorem is not defeated entirely, but the cursed persona of the blade is put to sleep long enough for Aldo to continue to use its' power.

The group continues on to Unigan city, only to find that the beastmen and the Beast King have stormed Miglance castle. Aldo and his friends battle through the castle and encounter the Beast King upon its' topmost tower. The Beast King has the human King Miglance cornered, claiming that beast men can truly harness the elements and are the true owners of the planet. As he prepares to slay King Miglance, Amy appears and rescues the King. She reveals that her memory is fuzzy (due to her timeline being erased and then restored), but that she was able to utilize a wormhole to travel from the Future to the Present with the goal of reuniting with Aldo.

With King Miglance saved by Amy, Aldo is finally free confront the Beast King once and for all, demanding to know where Feinne is. They battle, but the Beast King is bested by the powers of Aldo and the Ogre Rancorem.

Upon his defeat, the Beast King teleports in a mindless Fienne and his beastwoman sister, Altena (who is actually revealed to be a childhood friend of Feinne's, their friendship kept secret due to the tensions between humans and beastmen). The Beast King and Altena explain that Feinne's consciousness/memory is now sealed by magic, and that she has some unknown power within her that can control all elemental magics on a cataclysmic scale. As a result, he desires to unleash Feinne's power to destroy mankind. Via flashback, we then learn that the Beast King, then known as Guildna, encountered Feinne as a baby in the Moonlight Forest, moments before they were found and adopted by the mayor of Baruoki. The Beast King, Feinne, and Altena then teleport away, Altena desiring to see no further bloodshed.

Aldo, Cyrus, Riica, and Amy regroup, King Miglance thanking the team for helping turn the tides of the war by defeating the Beast King. However, before they can celebrate, a massive time quake occurs. Fearing the threats of the Phantom regarding the end of the universe, the group decides to return the Future Era and try to discover just how Elzion and Xeno Prisma are connected.

In Elzion, the group learns that Professor Chronos and his family disappeared 16 years ago, and everything related to his project, Xeno Project, were classified. They receive permission from the leader of Elzion, the Administrator, to travel to the Xeno-Domain, a space station connected to Elzion via space elevator and the source of Xeno Prisma.

There a holographic message from Professor Chronos explains that Aldo (named Eden at birth) and Feinne (originally named Celine) are his children from this Future Era. With corporate backing by the KMS organization, his project studied Xeno Prisma (discovered 400 years prior) with the hopes of using it to solve the growing energy crisis. Professor Chronos and his team discovered that, although Xeno Prisma had potential to be a great power source, it had the unfortunate side effect of destabilizing space-time and causing time quakes. Despite these risks, KMS corporation decided to ignore the risks and proceeded with the utilization of Xeno Prisma all across the planet.

Professor Chronos, recognizing that Xeno Prisma would ultimately destroy the universe, devised a backup plan and began investigating a safer, natural Geo Prisma. He created a prototype Geo Prisma, calling it an Alpha Prisma, and instilled it within a newborn Aldo. After Feinne was born, she received a slightly more developed version of Alpha Prisma. His goal was for Aldo and Feinne to save the universe from the eventual threat of Xeno Prisma.

With his origins revealed, Aldo and his friends traveled to the core of the space station where they discover two massive Prisma: enormous research samples of both Xeno and Geo Prisma. They are already extremely unstable, and after a battle with automated security robots, both Prisma become destabilize and break down. The Phantom then appears, relishing that Aldo's efforts were ultimately futile and that the Xeno Prisma has started destroying space time.

This results of this is made apparent as a temporal distortion and rip in space-time appears in the sky over every era, connecting all points in history to a fifth dimension beyond time called the Corridor of Time Layers, where all timelines and possibilities touch. Time quakes erupt from the spatial anomaly, and a ghostly version of the Oracle appears to Aldo and advises him to travel to the Corridor of Time Layers and use his Geo Prisma to stabilize space-time enough to buy them more time. With the help of the Administrator and an old teleportation device, Aldo and his friends are able to enter this enigmatic dimension.

While traveling through the Corridor of Time Layers, they encounter ghost-like apparitions, revealed to be minions of the Phantom, and witness as multiple timeliness overlap and layer. They ultimately encounter the Time Later Distortion, a living entity and embodiment of the time quakes. Aldo and his friends defeat this entity, but the Phantom appears and once again gloats that they are too late. Despite having stopped the Distortion and the time quakes, the Phantom and its minions pull a massive floating island through the wormhole and deposit it into the Antiquity Era, with the intent that its destruction would act equivalent a final time quake capable of ending reality.

However, the Eidolons of the Antiquity Era come together to stop the floating island and the temporal distortion, sacrificing themselves and shattering into elemental shards -- revealed to be the origin of the elemental Prisma (and that this event was destined to occur). The Phantom relishes his victory as the Corridor of Time Layers begins to collapse and form a Dimensional Vortex of chaos capable of swallowing the entire universe. Aldo and his friends are seen running back towards the Corridor of Time Layers entrance as it begins to collapse...

Five days later, Aldo awakens alone on a small, floating island, still in the Future Era. He laments that he failed, and it is only because of the Antiquity Era's Eidolons that the universe hasn't been completely destroyed just yet. Despite having stopped the time quakes, Aldo is soon reunited with Amy, Cyrus, and Riica and is reassured that there is still time to stop the Dimensional Vortex before it consumes the universe.

The heroes return to the Spacetime Rift and are urged to revisit the Future Era, where the Synth Humans have started showing more aggressive efforts to destroy mankind. They reveal their secret weapon: a conscious, flying battleship called the Riftbreaker, also known as the "Synth Hydra" due to its multiple weapons, each with its own persona. The Synth Humans plan to utilize the Dimensional Vortex, still connecting all eras in space-time, to travel back in time and alter history in their favor.

Aldo and Amy encounter their old Synth Human enemy, Helena, now despondent after the death of Galliard and no longer believing in the fight against mankind. They manager to recruit Helena, who helps them sneak aboard the Riftbreaker before it can travel back in time. The group battles through the battleship and confronts its core personality, defeating it and earning its respect. The Riftbreaker then resolves to aide Aldo and friends, becoming their personal vehicle. Due to its ability to fly, the Riftbreaker can also utilize the spatial anomaly in the sky at will, meaning the heroes no longer have to use the pillars of light at the Spacetime Rift to travel through time.

Deciding that the Oracle of the Antiquity Era is connected to all of these events, Aldo and his allies return to the Antiquity's Parsifal Palace.

<More to come>
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This is...hilariously on the nose, like wtf? I thought we'd have some vague links we'd have to prove out, but this is kind of ridiculous. I feel like even the vague parts can be boiled down to "Kato is for SURE either talking about this era or that from the original series."

It's like you can almost play adlibs with this thing and just substitute Chrono series terms for the bolded parts. Yeesh. I wonder if this is like his personal revenge against the cancellation.

Like, if this is supposed to be Phantom:



Looks kind of like FATE? And can this thing at the bottom be anything other than the Dragon God:



« Last Edit: September 14, 2020, 03:59:22 pm by ZeaLitY »

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Oh man, you've only just scratched the surface. It really is so incredibly blatantly obvious.

...there's even a Lucca-lookalike in the game named... wait for it... Ashtear.



And in reality, it's not a bad game at all. The game gives you mandatory, story-based characters, and then you earn gatcha currency (which can also be bought with real currency) to draw from a pool of like 100+ optional NPCs (each of which has a back story and 3 or more side quests related to their personal mission).

For a long while I played entirely free-to-play without spending a dime, and not once did I feel it. I did end up spending like $40, though, because I got a lot of playtime out of the main campaign and felt like Kato and company deserved it. I haven't played it in a long while due to IRL commitments, but the story seems to have veered into new eras revolving around the origins of the Ogre Rancorem, the living blade that the main protagonist uses. As well as something/someone known as a Goddess of Time. Not to mention that there are entire side campaigns that have nothing to do with the base scenario.

Also, since I'm thinking about it -- this game does acknowledge a multiverse and alternate timelines, some of which are visited in sidequests, which they call "time layers." They also use a different colored wormhole/space-time portal than the normal time travel. Just an observation.
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Would you consider that sword the Masamune?

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I haven't played any of the main scenario that involves the sword's origins, but the parallels are there: it's a living sword that can be good or bad, and is only currently evil because it's corrupted. It also turns into an ogre.

It feels a bit more like the Masamune of Cross rather than Trigger.

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I'd say, it's a good thing that Another Eden is a full-fledged game in its own right. Playthroughs of it are not hard to find. Like so:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnuhDgkSzb5r4A8fpdZVK34B9YlNG6arg

Making a summary out of them shouldn't be too hard.

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Spent some time updating the synopsis in my post above. New chapters detailed, and some previous summary reworked.

I need one more sit down session to articulate the events remaining and we should have a complete summary of the main scenario. When I manage to play the game again I'll capture the additional campaigns that occur after this one.