Square Enix has recently announced a mobile game prequel for its 2018 Switch exclusive title, Octopath Traveler. The trailer, which you can watch above, reveals the title to be Octopath Traveler: Tairiku no Hasha, translated as Champions of the Continent.
It will take place several years before the original game and gives you the option to play through the story of one of eight unique protagonists. Characters from the original Octopath are also expected to make cameo appearances.
The game sees the return of Square Enix’s patented “HD-2D” art style which garnered the original a lot of praise back in 2018. That coupled with the return of the sound direction that earned Octopath a Game Awards nomination for best score/soundtrack, mobile fans have a lot to look forward to.
The development team has stated that this title will include various story updates and even a few character inclusions outside of the starting cast of eight. Furthermore, according to a tweet from the Japan PR account, this game is intended to hold fans over until the next console release, hinting that they intend to support this project for a while.
Gameplay wise, the trailer shows the biggest change which is the ability to have up to eight party members in battle. This lets you switch between the “advance” and “rear” guards during battle, diversifying your strategy. Other than this, the game is expected to play very similarly to the original Octopath, with possibly a few accommodations in control scheme to be made for the switch to mobile platforms. Classic mechanics found in the original title, such as break, boost, and field skills such as stealing, are confirmed to make their return.
At present, there is no confirmation of a release date, but it is expected to launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan sometime in 2019. Currently, there is no mention of a western port, however, it is likely due to Octopath’s overwhelming success overseas.
Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent will be a single player, free-to-play experience with microtransactions. You can pre-register on the official Square Enix site.