Following the strong reception for the Bravely series, Square Enix's new traditional RPG division began work on Switch exclusive Octopath Traveler. The game would launch to solid reviews and quickly topped the charts, boosting Switch sales in the process. Square Enix teased that new games were on the way for both the Bravely and Octopath franchises, and today we got our first look at one of them.
Out of the blue, Square Enix just dropped a trailer for a new Octopath game on mobile devices. Titled "Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent," this upcoming adventure on Android and iOS is a prequel to the original game. Once again there will be eight stories to explore (with more content planned after launch) and the game will apparently remain a single-player experience. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect, courtesy of the game's official Japanese website:
HD-2D for smartphones – 3D CG screen effects added to pixelized graphics create a magical world on smartphones. Eight-character party command-based battles – Form a party of up to eight characters to fight in evolved command-based battles. Smooth gameplay with swipe controls. Choice of story between three reigning champions – The setting is the Orsterra continent. The protagonist is a "Chosen One" who will fight against a great evil that has achieved fortune, power, and fame. Field commands – Take various actions towards characters on the field. Try out all sorts of things, such as "Listen" for information, "Steal" an item, "Hire" an ally, and more.
Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent launches later this year. Pre-registration is already available on the website. Players can also register for a chance to participate in an early demo that kicks off on March 12th. It's unclear when the full launch will be. So far there's been no word on a localization date for territories outside Japan.