Octopath Traveler fans are having quite a day: along with celebrating 1.5m units shipped globally, Square Enix has announced a brand new game for the series, while there's talk of another Octopath Traveler console game.
Let's start at the beginning - or rather, even before that. The first of the new games is a prequel called Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent. The free-to-download title will release on iOS and Android in 2019 (in Japan, at least). The game's Japanese website explains it's set in Orsterra, allows users a choice of story between three "reigning champions", and features eight-character party command-based battles (thanks, Gematsu).
Meanwhile, there's also talk of another Octopath Traveler game for console. Square Enix's Tomoya Asano previously mentioned the possibility of a sequel in an interview with Famitsu back in September (via RPG Site), although it sounds like players will be waiting a fair while for this.
Square Enix has trademarked the name of Octopath Traveler's "HD2D" visual style.
Octopath Traveler has already exceeded expectations by selling out in Japan only a day after its release, but it seems this success also extends globally, as today Nintendo announced the game has shipped 1m copies worldwide.
In a tweet from its European account, Nintendo explained the figure includes both physical copies and Nintendo Switch eShop downloads. The company thanked fans for their "incredible support," and relayed a message from developer Square Enix thanking players for making this possible.
This adds to the continuing trend of JRPGs (Japanese Role Playing Games) performing well outside Japan. Persona 5 is one example of this, as according to Sega's financial results in March, it has so far totalled 2.2m copies worldwide since its release in 2016. Judging by the fact Octopath Traveler has been out for less than a month, Square Enix's latest JRPG could easily exceed this number. Will we be seeing more JRPGs on the Switch in future?
There's good news for those eagerly awaiting the arrival of Square Enix's striking modern-retro J-RPG Octopath Traveler on Switch: a massive three-hour demo launches later today on Nintendo's eShop in Europe and North America.
Octopath Traveller, the sublime looking JRPG from the Bravely Default team at Square Enix, finally has a release date, with the Switch exclusive coming out on July 13th.
News came in tonight's Nintendo Direct, in which we also got details on two new characters: Tressa, the merchant, who can purchase items from townsfolk, and Alfyn who specialises in apothecary.
We'll also be receiving a special edition of the game, complete with a pop-up book, map and coin coming day and date with the release of the game.