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Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross to Receive Orchestrated Soundtracks, Box Set Available

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With remakes and remasters so hot in 2019, JRPG fans will be pleased to hear that classics Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross are getting some much-deserved attention.

While these two games are not being brought back to life like Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, one of the best parts of Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross is getting refreshed—the music.

Chrono Trigger often manages to find its way onto lists of the best RPG music, boasting tracks like “Secret of the Forest,” “Yearnings of the Wind,” and “To Far Away Times.” Chrono Cross, the sequel to Chrono Trigger, features a beautiful soundtrack from the same composer, Yasunori Mitsuda.

Recently, Square Enix Japan announced Chrono Orchestra; two standalone albums for Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross featuring eight tracks each.

The albums are being sold independently, or you can get both in a box set that features a third bonus disc which is said to contain an “exclusive arrangement album” (per Play-Asia).

These albums will be available in Japan sometime this year, and imported pre-orders of the box set are already available via Play-Asia at USD$77.99. Play-Asia also has both of the individual albums for each game for USD$33.99 each.

Additionally, VGMO has reported that a Japanese concert series for the two albums has been announced for the dates of September 7 and October 27 of this year. These concerts will take place in Osaka and Tokyo, respectively.

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Craig fell in love with video games after being spoiled with all of the NES games he could ever want as a kid, and his passion for gaming continues decades later. After discovering a knack for writing in grade school, the two have come together nicely for him. River City Ransom and Final Fantasy VII are his jams.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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