I must admit that Octopath Traveler barely crossed my mind in the handful of times that I’ve heard mention of it. The title seemed so odd that my initial reaction was to wonder if it was a sequel to Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Granted, it’s a Nintendo Switch game and I don’t even own that console, so my curiosity was never piqued. Fast forward to the present, though, and everyone’s raving about Octopath Traveler‘s impending arrival on PCs this June.
Its PC release date was accidentally leaked a few days ago, so this is more like an official confirmation. Check out the trailer below:
Three’s A Company, Eight’s An RPG
Imagine my surprise when I kept checking out more details about Octopath Traveler. It’s a JRPG made by Square Enix, one which combines old-school 2D graphics with 3D and high-definition models and special effects to create what they call “HD 2D.” That certainly made me go, “Hmm, sounds interesting.”
Then, I also discovered that the “octopath” isn’t related to an “octodad.” It’s about eight different characters that have their own separate and unique stories to share. Instantly, I was reminded of something from bygone years, SaGa Frontier.
SaGa Frontier had numerous characters, and each one had their own distinct storylines. You picked a character and complete their story, then you pick a new one. Sometimes, you might even encounter another playable character during your journeys. Unlike SaGa Frontier, however, Octopath Traveler won’t require you to keep replaying each character’s arc. Instead, once you meet another character, you’ll have the option to hear about their story. You could skip certain parts if you wanted to.
Octopath Traveler has won a few awards in the past, including the Golden Joystick Award for Nintendo Game of the Year in 2018. Needless to say, it’s easy to get excited about it. We can only hope that the PC version isn’t just a barebones port. We’ll find out soon enough once Octopath Traveler releases on June 7. You can already check out its Steam store page right here.