Square Enix Line of HD-2D games continues to be a great success, with Octopath Traveler now eclipsing 3 million lifetime sales. Even more is on the way with Octopath Traveler 2, a new JRPG that brings together eight different characters and stories. While the new Octopath looks extremely similar to the first game, the story and environment look bigger than ever, and there are also some minor gameplay tweaks on the way. Here’s everything you need to know about Octopath Traveler 2.
When is the Octopath Traveler 2 release date?
Octopath Traveler 2 was announced during the September 2022 Nintendo Direct, and surprisingly, was given a release date at the same time, with the game launching on February 24, 2023.
While the first Octopath Traveler started out as a Nintendo Switch exclusive, that won’t be the case with the sequel. On day one, the game is coming to PS4, PS5, PC, and Nintendo Switch. It is interesting to note that the first Octopath it is currently not available on PlayStation systems, but only on Nintendo Switch and PC.
Although Square Enix has yet to announce a demo, it seems incredibly likely that it will be closer to release. First Octopath had a prologue demo, and most recent Square Enix releases as well, including Triangle Strategy, harvest it, Star Ocean: The Divine Force, The DioField ChronicleY Valkyrie Elysium.
There’s a Octopath Traveler 2 trailer?
Octopath Traveler 2 has a long four-minute reveal trailer introducing the new characters and settings. However, at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix also shared roughly 20 minutes of gameplay showcasing cities, exploration, and combat. While the game itself is in Japanese in the video, Square Enix has an English version with translated audio.
Which is the Octopath Traveler 2 history?
Octopath Traveler 2 takes place in a new world called Solistia, a setting that looks very different from the previous game. Solistia appears to be in the midst of an industrial revolution, and the reveal trailer shows cities that are more steampunk in style and have steam engines, horse-drawn carriages, and grand castles.
Just like the first game, Octopath Traveler 2 will allow players to choose between eight different protagonists with eight different stories. Although you can start as any character, you can recruit the other protagonists. One big difference this time, however, is that the hero’s stories actually intersect narratively in “Crossroad.” Apparently, when two specific protagonists meet, they can start a new story involving both of them, so you won’t just have other characters as voiceless party members. Here are the eight different characters, belonging to the same classes that appear in the first game.
- Hikari, the warrior (for the home)
- Agnea, the dancer (for stardom)
- Partitio, The Merchant (For Prosperity)
- Osvald the scholar (for revenge)
- Throne, The Thief (For Freedom)
- Temenos, the cleric (for the truth)
- Ochette, the Hunter (For Legends)
- Castti, the apothecary (For memories)
what’s new with Octopath Traveler 2 How to play?
Octopath Traveler 2 uses the same formula established in the first game, with turn-based battles, a massive world map, route actions for each character, and plenty of side quests. If you’re not familiar with the first game, the combat is a standard turn-based battle, but with a twist known as the Break & Boost system.
Each turn, characters gain a boost point that can be spent to give them extra actions for a turn. At the same time, enemies have a shield gauge that goes down as you hit them with attacks they are weak against. Once that gauge is depleted, they enter a “Break” state and will be unable to act for a few turns.
Path Actions, on the other hand, are specific abilities unique to each character that can be used for a variety of things, such as challenging NPCs to a duel or stealing. This time, each character will have two different route actions that are tied to the new day/night cycle. So far, Square Enix has detailed the route actions of two different characters: Hikari and Agnea.
During the day, Hikari can challenge NPCs to a duel, which can lead her to learn new skills that are used in battle. At night he can bribe NPCs to gain access to information and areas. Agnea’s path action during the day is Allure, which can be used to convince NPCs to come along and help you in battle. At night, Agnea can use Entreat, which sometimes convinces NPCs to give you timers.
Beyond that, we currently do not know if Octopath Traveler 2 will include other new mechanics or game systems.