Chrono Trigger 2 Promo Video
Ages ago, Andrew Vestal ran a feature on Gamespot about Chrono Trigger 2, which you can find here. Of particular importance is this line: "An old promo reel of Square's from mid-1996 contained footage of a "Chrono Trigger 2"; while much of that technologies appear to have gone into Xenogears, it's clear that Square has kept the franchise in mind." This is consistent with the revelation that Xenogears was initially begun as the sequel to Chrono Trigger, confirmed in this interview.
Many fans have searched for this video, but no one has to date found it. Vestal is a big name in the community, as he created square.net, also known as "The Unofficial Squaresoft Homepage" circa 1995, and he was arguably the most dedicated and knowlegable Square fan outside of Japan. When he lost his ISP, Square actually hosted his site for him for months. He eventually sold it and it became rpgamer.com, and then he founded the GIA. He unveiled FFIX concept art in early 1999, almost a year before it was officially announced. As such, most people have no reason to disbelieve Vestal's allusion to this 1996 promo video.
Guru of Reason FaustWolf took to Gamefaqs to ask about the video (see link here, and corresponded with wababuhloowap, who'd e-mailed Vestal before, getting the following reply:
From Andrew Vestal
date Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 2:09 AM
subject Re: Just a small question
Hide details 11/19/09
Sorry to take a while to get back to you. Since you took the time to track me down across the ages I figured that giving you as thorough an answer is the least I could do.
I do not have the promo reel in my possession - I heard about the contents from a developer who was working at Square during this time period.
However, it is definitely not just speculation, and Square has gone on the record as identifying a connection between the two games in the Chrono Cross Ultimania.
From the Japanese Wikipedia article on Chrono Cross:
Extremely quick and dirty translation...
"Chrono Trigger 2" and "Xenogears"
Xenogears originally began its planning and development as Chrono Trigger 2; after Xenogears was done being created the team regathered to make a sequel to Chrono Trigger, and the Chrono Cross team had a lot of the same staff as Xenogears. As a result, the game has many similarities, and the style of battle system is a sort of evolution of that in Xenogears.
Also, in the demo movie of Xenogears this line is used,
"So let love's blood flow! Like the seas of hell, it runs red and deep...!" (perhaps translated as Lynx's line, "Love is deeper and darker than the black seas of hell.")
This line does not appear in Xenogears' script, but was later used in Chrono Cross' script.
Furthermore, Lucca, a character from a previous game, appears in Xenogears as a guest, whose last bonus line makes a reference to the Silvard (Epoch) and such.
So, there you have it. :) It was actually fun to get back in touch with Ike again and track down the answer "once and for all." I am also glad that history has proven us both correct. Xenogears began development as CT2; when Xenogears was finished, much of the same staff still wanted to make a sequel to Chrono Trigger, and they made Chrono Cross.
Glad to help you finally put this mystery to rest. :)
ZeaLitY's note: The Chrono Cross Wikipedia page now points to page 482 of Ultimania, which is part of the Hiromichi Tanaka interview, which is this page in particular:
As it's on Material Requiring Translation, this page has never been translated, so any help would be extremely appreciated.
Our next move was to track down the trailer that the Chrono Cross line originally appeared in. GlitterBerri found it on this site. Refer to this link at around 0:38 when the red Transformers-like face appears:
The quality is abysmal, but you can make out that line.
The Chrono Cross line:
The Xenogears line:
All that's changed is some punctuation.
No one has been able to find the promo video. If you can find it, it would be an incredible coup. It may have only been shown at a trade show in Japan, or something like that. Be sure to stop by this thread if you have any luck.