Square Enix has announced that it will release the first of several updates for its widely lambasted Chrono Trigger PC port later this month, in a bid to address fan concerns.

There was much delight when Square surprise-launched a port of the beloved SNES J-RPG onto Steam in February. Delight turned to dismay, however, once people actually got to experience the PC version for themselves.

Chrono Trigger's PC outing transpired to be a rather wonky port of the recent mobile edition for iOS and Android, which, in turn, was a port of the DS port of the SNES original. Steam users soon discovered numerous issues with the PC version, including an intrusive pseudo-touch interface, stuttering, and no option to remove the ugly sprite-softening filters.

In a new post on Chrono Trigger's Steam page, Square says that it has "been working on addressing the issues that you've raised, and will be releasing a number of patches over the coming months as we continue to support Chrono Trigger on Steam".

The first of these updates is due to arrive in the early half of April and will include "an option to switch between the current high-resolution graphics, and the original graphical style of Chrono Trigger". Presumably that just means there'll be a way to disable the smeary new sprite filters.

If you need a reminder of why Chrono Trigger deserves better treatment on PC, Eurogamer's review of the DS version from back in 2008 might be a good starting point.

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