Octopath Traveler Gets New Smartphone RPG Prequel
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Square Enix announced on Friday that it is producing a new smartphone RPG in its Octopath Traveler game series titled Octopath Traveler Tairiku no Hasha (Octopath Traveler: Ruler of the Continent). The game is set on the same Orsterra continent as the original game, but is set a few years before the start of the story. Square Enix will launch the game this year, and the game will be free to play with optional in-game purchases for items.
Like the original game, the new smartphone game will have pixel art sprites combined with a 3D environment, and players will be able to form parties of up to eight characters and control them through a menu-driven battle system. Players will also be able to converse with villagers and other characters when in the field.
The first game shipped worldwide in July 2018. At the beginning of the game, players choose one of the characters to follow, but can meet the others along the way. Players can swap recruited characters into their party of four at taverns. All stories are accessible via one playthrough.
Each of the main characters has a different path action that can be used in the field. For example, Olberic can challenge other characters to duels, while Ophilia can guide NPCs to where they need to go. Each character also has a unique talent that can be used in battle.
The same team who worked on the Bravely Default game worked on Octopath Traveler.