Developer Mutan Insight is currently hiring staff to work on a new “high-end RPG (remake)” for the PlayStation 5 that possibly uses Unreal Engine 5, according to a recent job listing.
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The listings (via Gematsu) call for a 3D motion designer, 3D art director, 3D background designer, and a 2D character designer. The game itself isn’t mentioned at all outside of the fact that it will be a remake of an RPG. The posting implies that it uses Unreal Engine 5, but doesn’t outright confirm it.
Mutan Insight has worked on a handful of titles in the past, including having done character models for the Atelier and Blue Reflection series, as well as background models on Final Fantasy XV‘s Episode Ardyn DLC. Given Mutan’s past work, it seems possible that it won’t be the team mainly developing whatever RPG is getting remade. Instead, it’s more likely that the studio is helping with the production of the game, and is looking to bring in extra people that are more familiar with Unreal Engine to help out.
While it’s currently unknown what game is set to be remade, there have been rumors floating around that a Chrono Cross remake is secretly in the works, according to a few sources. Folk singer Éabha McMahon said she was making music a PlayStation game with Michael McGlynn, who was seen with the Chrono series’ composter Yasunori Mitsuda. Chrono Cross was also in the infamous Nvidia leak. And finally, industry insider and XboxEra Co-Founder Nick “Shpeshal_Nick” Baker noted that it exists and his source told him it was a multiplatform game.
“Now, when I hear ‘JRPG’ and ‘multiplat,’ I automatically assume PC, PlayStation, Switch,” the insider said at the time. “That’s my assumption. That’s not what I was told. That’s just my assumption. All my source said to me was ‘multiplat.’ That’s what they said.”
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Chrono Cross, which was originally released in 1999 in Japan, is a huge favorite amongst RPG fans. With the reverence for the series and the Final Fantasy VII remake, leaks, reports, and Square Enix’s past relationship with Mutan Insight, some fans are hoping that this news means that a Chrono Cross remake may actually be this mysterious RPG.