Masato Kato

Masato Kato (加藤 正人, Katō Masato, born March 28, 1963) is a Japanese video game artist, scenario writer and director. In the early days of his career, he was credited under the pseudonyms of "Runmaru" and "Runmal".[1] He then joined Square, and was most famous for penning the script of Chrono Trigger (based on a story draft by Yuji Horii), as well as Radical Dreamers, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy XI and parts of Final Fantasy VII.

BiographyEdit

Early yearsEdit

Kato first worked for Tecmo on Captain Tsubasa and the Ninja Gaiden series. On his first three games, he moved from graphics, to graphics and scenario writing, to also directing the action elements. He went on to work for Gainax.

Square Co.Edit

Masato stated that Chrono Cross development encountered difficulty in expanding the game world due to hardware limitations, and that they crammed as much data as they could onto the game disk.[2] Conversely, developing the multiple game endings was seen as easier, on par with Chrono Trigger as a bonus for players who finished the game.[2]

Freelance worksEdit

Kato left Square after designing the plot of Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart to become a freelance scenario writer. In addition to games for different companies, he has continued to work on Square Enix projects such as the World of Mana series, an enhanced port of Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS, and three more expansion chapters for Final Fantasy XI.

In 2017 he released a spiritual successor to the Chrono series for iOS and Android, titled "Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space." Similar to the SNES hit Chrono Trigger, Another Eden also involves time travel, where players get to explore three time periods out of ancient, contemporary, and the future. Additionally, the game features an opening theme created by Yasunori Mitsuda, who also worked on Chrono Trigger‘s music.[3]

WritingsEdit

In 2005, Masato Kato also collaborated with Yasunori Mitsuda, longtime friend and music composer, to write a short story titled Five Seasons of kiЯitɘ, which Mitsuda accompanied with music on his album kiЯitɘ. The story and soundtrack have also been presented in opera form.[4] Prior to this, Mitsuda composed the soundtrack for several of Kato's games, including Chrono Cross and Xenogears.

GameographyEdit

Masato Kato has been credited for the following games:[5]

Early gamesEdit

SquareEdit

FreelanceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Chrono Trigger And Xenogears Writer's Smartphone RPG Another Eden To Be At TGS 2016". Siliconera. September 9, 2016. Archived from the original on May 2, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
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  7. ^ Studio BentStuff, ed. (1999). Chrono Cross Ultimania (in Japanese). Square Enix. pp. 476–477. ISBN 4-925075-73-X. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009.
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  9. ^ a b c d e "The Adventure Continues With Three All-New Final Fantasy XI Expansion Chapters!". Square Enix. November 22, 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  10. ^ Smith, David (November 22, 2008). "Baten Kaitos Preview". 1UP.com. UGO Entertainment, Inc. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2004.
  11. ^ a b McCarroll, John (August 16, 2006). "Deep Labyrinth". RPGFan. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  12. ^ Boulette, Bryan (November 22, 2008). "Children of Mana's Development Team Announced". RPGamer. Archived from the original on January 27, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
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  16. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (May 31, 2010). "Final Fantasy VII Writer Sees End of The Nintendo Era". Kotaku. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
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  19. ^ Eisenbeis, Richard (February 17, 2015). "The Legend of Legacy Doesn't Live Up to Its Pedigree". Kotaku. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  20. ^ "Tokyo Game Show 2016: Another Eden draft illustrations by Masato Kato". Gamebiz.jp. September 17, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.