Square Enix’s anticipated sequel Octopath Traveler II won;t be out until February, but you can pay cash up front if you feel like it. Preorders for the game are now officially open across all systems the game is planned for release on.
The first Octopath Traveler game was released in 2018, initially as a Switch exclusive. Its “2D-HD” visual art style allowed it to evoke the classic feel of their 8-bit and 16-bit RPGs while at the same time packing enough visual flair to compete with modern titles. Octopath Traveler was enough of a success that the art style was used in other Square games, most recently the Live A Live remake.
Octopath Traveler II will use mostly the same formula as the first one, with eight unique characters from different backgrounds embarking on separate journeys but coming together for the main story. Gameplay will also mostly be the same, but with some tweaks; for example, the Path Actions skills characters use will be different depending on the time of day.
So why should you preorder it? Because if you reserve the physical edition, you’ll get a steelbook, and you know how some people can’t get enough steelbooks. Those who go the digital route will receive some advantageous items earlier in the game than they normally would.
- Break & Boost Battle System – Players must act strategically to exploit enemy weaknesses to “Break” them in order to inflict more damage, and “Boost” their travelers to enhance their abilities.
- Path Actions – Players can interact with NPCs throughout the world in various ways by using actions unique to each character. Path Actions will vary depending on the protagonist and whether it is day or night.
- Brand-New Story and Characters – Players can embark on a grand adventure in the new land of Solistia and experience the intertwined stories of eight new travelers: Hikari (Warrior), Agnea (Dancer), Partitio (Merchant), Osvald (Scholar), Throné (Thief), Temenos (Cleric), Ochette (Hunter), and Castti (Apothecary).
- Day/Night Cycle – The townscapes and Path Actions available to each character will change depending on if it is night or day, creating more opportunities for exploration and discovery.
- Latent Power – A new battle element in which characters can unleash a powerful ability once the ability’s gauge fills up during combat.
- Crossed Paths – Additional stories will unfold between the protagonists as their journey progresses, further intertwining their narratives.
Octopath Traveler II will be released February 24, 2023 for PS4, PS5, Switch and PC. The first game was never released on Playstation and there are no plans to do so.