Earlier today, Square Enix surprised fans by announcing that Octopath Traveler is getting a mobile prequel. Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent is getting an early demo next week and will launch in full later this year. So what does this mean for the future of the franchise on Nintendo Switch? Players have a tendency to fear the worst when a game moves to mobile, but there's no reason to be upset in this case.
Despite being exclusive to Switch, Octopath Traveler has sold over 1.5 million copies, making it quite the success story. As such, Square Enix has no plans to abandon consoles. Following the announcement of the mobile game, the official Twitter account for Octopath Traveler confirmed this with a message to fans.
"Everyone waiting for a new game on console, we're sorry, but production will take a little while longer, so in the meantime, we hope you can enjoy [the smartphone game]!"
This division of Square Enix is now focused almost exclusively on Switch. They've got multiple games in the works and ambitions of releasing one per year. It's unclear whether or not this mobile game counts as their "one game" for 2019. It's also possible we could still see another Bravely game in 2019, but Square Enix is not confirming that.