|I've had this costume planned since I was about 11 years old. Seriously! I first stumbled across Chrono Cross through the character Dark Serge, who interested me and made me look into the game. After reading up on it and falling in love with many of the character designs I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of the game. Unfortunately, Chrono Cross was never released in the UK and from the looks of things was never going to be released either.|
Luckily I was going back to visit family in Vancouver that summer, so while there I rummaged around a few second hand game bins in Electronic Boutique (now EB Games) and found myself a copy of the game! I tried running it on a PS1 emulator when I got back to Scotland (since the NTSC game wouldn't work on my PAL PS1) but my slow, slow computer struggled with it far too much. I persevered because I really enjoyed the game, but eventually a year later I received a NTSC PS1 for my Christmas. It's a bit of a faff to play since I need to plug it into a transformer and such, but so worth it. I love Chrono Cross, it's definitely one of my favourite games and totally worth all the hassle I had to put into getting and playing it.
I was hit with a whole new problem when I decided to cosplay as Dark Serge- there are NO official reference images of him. I have searched and searched and even considered writing a letter to the character designer to ask if there were any unpublished sketches of Dark Serge! It looks like I'll have to draw up my own plans from gameplay footage, unless I actually do write that letter... XD
Unfortunately... not many people know of Chrono Cross in the UK, so when I eventually get around to making this costume I'll probably have to wear it exclusively in North America or Japan. This is probably my longest planned costume ever, so I highly anticipate the day I start on it! :D