If you were looking forward to the fan-created Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes, look forward no more. The creators of that ROM-hacked project claim that Square Enix has threatened legal action against them.

The five-year-long project, based on the original Chrono Trigger Super Nintendo ROM was due to be released later this month. But according to a cease and desist letter posted by Chrono series site Chrono Compendium, Square Enix's legal staff has claimed copyright infringement. The timing of that request may have been due to the project actually nearing release and not necessarily a last minute change of heart from the publisher.

Chrono Compendium indicates that the source of that fan-made game has been "destroyed" in compliance with the Square Enix's requests. The Chrono fan site also writes that it has also removed additional fan projects, hoping to avoid the "expenses and burdens of litigation."

Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes was touted as the "first feature-length fan Chrono series game," boasting some 35 hours worth of new, fan-created story line.

Cease & Desist Letter [Chrono Compendium Forums - thanks, Xkeeper!]