In a blog post that has since been deleted, Square Enix announced that the once Nintendo Switch-exclusive JRPG Octopath Traveler will be coming to PC. Thankfully, Gematsu preserved the original announcement, allowing us to take a peek at the details. The game will release on Steam on June 7th.
As for the game itself, Octopath Traveler is unique for the way it approaches its eight main characters. They’re something of a motley crew, with disgraced knights and fallen nobles rubbing shoulders with desperate thieves and naive apothecaries. What’s more, you can pick any of them to begin the story, and then add the other members to your party as you play the game. It’s possible to experience each character’s story in one playthrough, but the order and manner in which that happens are entirely up to you.
Combat employs a “break” system, wherein players suss out the weaknesses of their enemies, exploiting them to break through their defenses. This leaves opponents in a stunned state, in which they are more vulnerable to powerful attacks. Out of combat, each character can perform different actions to give the party an edge. Furthermore, these actions can fall under the “Noble Path” or the “Rogue Path.” Ophelia, a cleric on a pilgrimage, can guide NPCs, bringing them along to help in the journey. This is the Noble way of doing things. Conversely, Primrose–the aforementioned fallen noble–can accomplish something similar by alluring townsfolk. That’s the Rogue Path.
However you want to approach the world, there are eight (I’m sensing a theme here) sprawling regions packed with story content, side-quests, and all sorts of bad guys to slay.
To learn more about the game, check out the original announcement trailer. Octopath Traveler is currently available for Nintendo Switch and will arrive on Steam June 7th 2019 barring any changes.
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