One fan painstakingly recreates the Millenial Fair, one of the most memorable settings in Chrono Trigger, in glorious 3D graphics.
YouTuber praetus uploaded a video a few days ago that details his process in building the iconic Chrono Trigger location using the Unreal 4 engine. The result is predictably gorgeous, and the work praetus put into the finer points of his recreation are easily the most impressive as well. In particular, praetus’ work on the teleporters at the Millenial Fair makes a strong case for a high-definition remake of one of the greatest time travel games of all time.
For those unfamiliar with the title, Chrono Trigger is a JRPG developed by Square Enix (then Squaresoft) for the Super Nintendo in 1995. The title is well-loved for its innovative yet simple battle system and enthralling narrative that could result in multiple different endings based on player choice. The game laid the foundations for many time-tested genre favorites, including historical easter eggs and a balance between player-choice and developer control.
Of course, Chrono Trigger is only the latest in a long string of fan-made adaptations of industry classics within the Unreal Engine 4. Perhaps fans will remember, by choice or through recurring nightmares, just how bizarre and terrifying Kirby looks using Unreal 4. The Millenial Fair isn’t the first famous location to get a complete graphical overhaul either, as one fan drew from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in building Kakariko Village in Unreal Engine 4.
Ever since Epic Games made Unreal 4 free to everyone, the gaming community has welcomed the challenge of using the software, often in an effort to see what older games might look like had they been produced on the current generation of consoles or PCs. What’s followed Epic Games’ announcement has been an interesting take on fandom, where gamers display how well a certain older title could do with current graphics, either for fun or in an attempt to convince the original game’s developers that such a project is feasible.
The recreation of Chrono Trigger‘s Millenial Fair is probably the most niche of the popular Unreal 4 projects, as the rest of them have centered around iconic Nintendo characters, like these 3D interpretations of some of Pokemon’s most famous characters. Perhaps the attention prateus has garnered might inspire fans of other JRPG titles that desperately need a sequel to do the same. Until then, the gaming community has at least one more talented member doing some truly beautiful work on classics.
Which game do you want to see recreated in Unreal 4 the most? Do you think developers might actually pay attention to how their older IPs look in a newer engine? Let us know in the comments below.