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"Chrono Break"

The rumors begin...
July 2001:

Squaresoft's executive producer Hironobu Sakaguchi discussed a possible third Chrono game in the works way back in summer of 2001. He stated that many people at the company, including the former director of the prior games, are interested in continuing the series. While incredibly early in the planning stages at the time - apparently all the team had so far was a few game and script ideas - the news quickly circulated, fans thrilled to hear a new game might be in development soon. But then, nothing more was ever formally announced. However, something interesting was discovered the following January.

Slightly more concrete info...
December 5, 2001:

Nearly six months after Mr. Sakaguchi's comments, it was discovered Squaresoft (now Square Enix) registered a couple of trademarks. The first was the name "Unlimited SaGa," which was soon revealed to be a PS2 entry in the SaGa series, and has since been released in Japan, North America and Europe.

The other name was "Chrono Break." While some speculated early on both titles were destined for cell phone application, Unlimited SaGa's existence and a look at the copyrighted info says otherwise:

CHRONO BREAK
IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer game software; video game software; sound recordings in the form of optical discs and other storage media featuring music and/or entertainment; audio visual recordings in the form of optical discs and other storage media featuring music, animation and/or entertainment; prerecorded compact discs featuring music; prerecorded digital video discs featuring music, animation and/or entertainment; prerecorded video cassettes featuring music, animation and/or entertainment; prerecorded compact discs featuring action and adventure stories and/or animated cartoon stories; prerecorded digital video discs featuring action and adventure stories and/or animated cartoon stories; prerecorded video cassettes featuring action and adventure stories and/or animated cartoon stories; mouse pads; straps for cellular phones

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Computer game strategy guidebooks; video game strategy guidebooks; books featuring fictional stories; comics; magazines; pamphlets; brochures; posters; stickers; banners; calendars; collector's cards; trading cards; playing cards; photographs

Note the most predominant factors in there are 'game software', 'prerecorded discs', 'optical discs and other storage media', and the like. Last I checked, cell phones don't use CDs or DVDs as media. Considering Square's position and tendency to mainly support the console leading the market, PlayStation 2 seems the most likely platform. Of course, if it takes much longer to get some info on this game - assuming it exists - they might as well release it for the PS3.

That's all there is. Just a copyright, a statement, and a lot of fans anxious to see if this will become the long-awaited third entry in the series.

"Time to kill some dreams."
January 10, 2004:

As reported today by RPGFan, Square Enix has abandoned the US trademark for 'Chrono Break.' over two years after the initial filing. While the news broke today, the official abandonment date was way back on November 13, 2003. Interestingly, the name was also trademarked through the Japan Patent Office, but as 'Chrono Brake.' This one is still active, leading one to speculate whether or not it simply has not been abandoned yet, or perhaps 'brake' is the proper name, making 'break' a translation error.

In any case, it's at least good to see Square Enix hasn't forgotten the possible game title... though it's anyone's guess what will come next, or when.



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