Chrono Fan Game: Crimson Echoes 98% Complete Leaked

Just two weeks ago we’ve reported Squre-Enix sending the fans and developers of Crimson Echoes a C&D letter to halt development of the game for infringement of copyrights. Good news for fans as the game has been released leaked out earlier today. Square-Enix isn’t going to be too happy about this but at least the fans are.

The creators may get in a whole lot of trouble for this but whether this was intentionally their doing or not, I do hope the outcome will be a minimal. It’s not like none of Square-Enix’s games, videos or screenshots was leaked before the official release date.

Crimson Echoes can be downloaded at various places all over the net such as torrents and megaupload. It requires a SNES emulator such as SNES9X. 35 hours of gameplay and years of development is quite an awesome job from the creators, hate to see it go to waste.

In my opinion, Square-Enix should honestly consider purchasing the game off the CE team or allow them to finish it and retain the publishing rights. Perhaps even allow the team to earn some cash for their hardwork and efforts. Considering the fact that Crimson Echoes was to be released for free anyhow, they deserve to get some credit for their work. All parties would win, Square-Enix make some cash and build a bigger happier fanbase, developers gets to finish their hardwork and earn some cash, fans gets the game they’ve waited years for.

UPDATE: After some playtime and testing, it is NOT the 98% beta version that is out but more of an alpha version and confirmed by the experts at

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34 Responses to “Chrono Fan Game: Crimson Echoes 98% Complete Leaked”
  1. Chrono'99 says:

    IMPORTANT This is an announcement on behalf of the Chrono Compendium. The leak linked here isn't the 98% version of the beta, in fact it's an older version that's roughly several months old. Therefore it's buggy, lacking finishing touches, and missing a lot of text.

    This is even before the first preview was done (the first preview – you can watch it on Youtube – shows that Magus' OmniShield has a gold and not green sprite layer spell effect, for example). This version is probably from around early February, before it even entered the beta phase.

    The 98% has not been leaked and the version circulating the net is therefore well… pretty old with imbalanced difficulty (anyone who's played as Magus in Chapter 1 will know this).

    See the following thread for the official statement, and follow the YouTube link for the official playthrough:

  2. Geowil says:

    just to confirm this is NOT the full 98% version of the game, its an alpha.

  3. Vixremento says:

    So someones been working on a game for all this time that has to run on a SNES emulator? lol. I couldn't be bothered if I was Square Enix…just let 'em finish it (but I sure as hell wouldn't fund them in any way).

  4. King Nigger says:

    The CE team are a bunch of useless cowards and a disgrace to the CT community as a whole. I recommend everyone discontinue visiting their site at once, and seek out all the beta testers for CE, since no doubt one of them has a copy and could be convinced to leak it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    {The CE team are a bunch of useless cowards and a disgrace to the CT community as a whole. I recommend everyone discontinue visiting their site at once, and seek out all the beta testers for CE, since no doubt one of them has a copy and could be convinced to leak it.}

    This. Agreeing with this comment 100%, with all sincerity.

  6. Arg says:

    "In my opinion, Square-Enix should honestly consider purchasing the game off the CE team or allow them to finish it and retain the publishing rights"

    HELLO, COPYRIGHTED WORK. Your line of thinking is EXACTLY why the companies lawyers sent out a C&D.

  7. Z says:

    It saddens me that such a brilliant piece of work has been destroyed. But has it really? Would the core developers seriously destroy their own artwork?

    I remain confident that a definitive, archival version remains, somewhere. Hidden away on a CD-ROM in a little drawer. Although they won't and probably can't admit it, I don't believe for a minute that these guys had the heart to eradicate all copies of their own, lovingly-crafted work.

  8. Armageddon says:

    It really does suck that this game will never be released, but it is understandable why SE would want to see it destroyed… SE's pretty anal about its copyrighted material… What I'm thinking is that all the work that went into this game was the developers' own work, and not SE's, so why not just change the central motif of the game so that it's detached from the Chrono-world? In that way, SE can't complain that its material was stolen, and the devs' hard work could pay off in a big way… Hell, maybe it can be developed into PSP homebrew or something… Not a bad idea, if I do say so myself 😉

  9. EnriEdo says:

    An artist does not burn his work. If he is to burn his work then he declares that all effort put into it was worthless from the beginning. This stands even moreso given that an outlet was left for SE to jump in and end everything; seriously, what were you expecting?

    Furthermore, the posting of walkthrough videos that just happened to be around before the C&D seriously reeks.

  10. hey have u ever sent this letter to the legal department and square usa developers department?

  11. Shanto says:

    there has got to be someone with a copy of the beta out there, no? TORREENTTT ITTTT

  12. randy says:

    this is old news but how sad. i do have to call ce team out on this one. the copyrights on snes games expired and where never renewed. i dont know if they where when they got that letter but now they are. square lost there right to sue for ct clones. meaning if they released the hacked rom today square could do nothing abought it. i guess if they still own the name but as long as they chnage the names of the chars and name of the game i see no way for square to pursue the matter. sence they no longer have copyright on the rom just the name.

  13. Scarr says:

    Yeah, it's just too bad S/E can't legally hold a copyright over something published on a dead medium. As long as it's made from the original SNES code, and not the DS or even PSX, they can't do anything but complain and wish they had an Epoch to travel back in time and sue you before it was too late.

  14. ewsdsf says:

    you know…since the crappy version is leaked then why not just email your good version to someone in an immune country over in asia, have them put it on torrent and let nature do the rest?

    It is awfully crappy of SE to do this (I mean why you guys – there is FAN games galore on rpgmaker and such – many of which suck but still)

    But it is unjust for you guys to not release it too. I mean if it originates from asia on a torrent – you are wearing an indestructable internet condom that the corporate pussies can not penetrate. You could easily say it may have come from one of your many annoymous testers – that you don't control their files and actions and that you certainly dont control torrents.

    If your tired of people going…this game was what the fuss was about? Eh its just typical fan garbage – then you need to prove it. get the real deal out there. its like benching 60lbs and claiming to be a pro weight lifter. I want to see you on that bar with 350..otherwise your just lightweight.

  15. Plastikmaniac says:

    I think the CE team complied so damn quick because that way they could get the corporate beast off their backs. I'm fairly certain that they're still working on a version of CE in some form or another.

    I'm just waiting eagerly for a patched SNES ROM of Crimson Echoes that I can play without it getting stuck on naming Robo. :(

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