Octopath Traveler 2: Release date, news… We checked out the Nintendo Switch RPG
Game news Octopath Traveler 2: Release date, news… We checked out the Nintendo Switch RPG
The sequel to one of the important role-playing games from the Nintendo Switch, Octopath Traveler II is expected on February 24 on the Nintendo console but also on the PC and PlayStation consoles. A chance to find out what we know weeks before release.
- When is the Octopath Traveler 2 release date?
- What is the Octopath Traveler 2 storyline like?
- What is the gameplay like from Octopath Traveler 2?
- What new is known from the second compared to the first?
- What are the known technical specifics of Octopath Traveler 2?
- What are the pre-order bonuses for Octopath Traveler 2?
- Why is Octopath Travaler II expected?
When is the Octopath Traveler 2 release date?
This is one of the projects that was announced as a surprise during the Nintendo Direct in September 2022: Octopath Traveler 2 accompanies other JRPGs (Japanese role playing games) during this event such as Fire Emblem Engage, a remaster of Front Mission, and Tales of Symphonia as well as Square Enix’s rhythm game , Theaterthm Final Bar Line. In a digital meeting organized by “Big N“, the sequel to Octopath Traveler is illustrated in a trailer that lasts just over two minutes highlighting its gameplay, its characters but also its release date: it is expected on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch for February 24, 2023.
What is the Octopath Traveler 2 storyline like?
Octopath Traveler 2 follows the principles from the first episode released in 2018. Players embody eight different characters (warrior, scholar, hunter…) all of whom have different stories: some want to know who they really are while others try to explore the world and find the treasure. If the first game architecture is taken, there are four chapters per character waiting for the players as well as the last part. It is in the world of Solistia that our heroes’ journey takes place, during “era of technological and industrial development“. It is divided into two parts (one West and the other East) separated by an ocean which should also be the core of the gameplay:
Discover a world where some delight in industrial modernization and a thriving culture, while others grieve and suffer under the weight of war, disease and poverty. – Octopath Traveler 2 Steam page.
What is the gameplay like from Octopath Traveler 2?
We came here precisely to the gameplay of Octopath Traveler 2. As for the combat, this sequel shouldn’t revolutionize the system because each character has skills that are specific to him and are useful in battle. Offensive and defensive capabilities. The confrontation is organized turn by turn: depending on the speed, the character acts sooner or later, performs his actions, and the turn begins again. It’s mainly through the system disability and elevation that Octopath Traveler differs from other games in this genre: once an enemy’s weak point has been identified (a glitch), it is possible to take advantage of it to surprise him. A status that allows you to do more damage mainly by exploiting the boost mechanism: something that allows you to strengthen your attacks and spells in different ways.
Like the first episode, Octopath Traveler 2 takes the protagonist on a journey through different parts of the world in HD-2D graphics. In addition to their skills in battle, they all have abilities that are useful when exploring towns and villages. Some can recover objects, others gather strangers to their cause or defeat fire-resistant individuals in duels. The actions promised to us will vary according to day and night.
What new is known from the second compared to the first?
That said, Octopath Traveler fans will take note: this day/night cycle is a novelty in this second episode. Developer Acquire Corp promises that “many details will change depending on the time“. Enough emphasis on the extended exploration of Solistia. It should also be innovated compared to the first episode. To stick to the historical and geographical context of the universe, the journey will be accompanied by a boat trip with a customizable ship.
Lastly, there’s also something new about the expected fight. Each protagonist has a latent power that can turn things around. For example, the scholar Oswald allowed him to focus his spells (usually multi-target) on a single opponent. Enough to quickly eliminate priority enemies. Lastly, Acquire also promises 2D-HD upscaling.”and prettier than before“as good”new mechanic recently added to this second installment“.
What are the known technical specifics of Octopath Traveler 2?
Despite having a simultaneous release on February 24 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, little is known about the technical characteristics so far. We learned earlier in the year that the game would be 5.358GB on the Nintendo Switch: that’s 2GB more than the first episode. Something is explained by the reworked graphics as well as the novelties promised by Square Enix and developer Acquire. The necessary configuration on the PC is still not available until now.
What are the pre-order bonuses for Octopath Traveler 2?
Expected to be in late February, the Octopath Travaler II has been available for pre-order since it was announced in September. Interested players will have to pay €59.99 on their platform of choice (between Steam for PC, PlayStation Store for PS4 and PS5, and Nintendo Store for Switch) to make this long-awaited sequel theirs. They will then benefit from the following pre-order bonuses:
- Healing Grapes (M) × 5
- Stimulating Plum (L) × 5
- Revitalizes jams × 2
- Gold Dust (this item can be sold for 5,000 leaves in the in-game shop) × 1
Curative wine is used to recover hit points, stimulating plum talent points, while revitalizing jam restores all hit points, mana points and elevation points. Gold dust allows to recover sheetin-game currency.
Why is Octopath Travaler II expected?
Octopath Traveler II is probably among the top 5 most anticipated games in the first two months of the year. If it must be admitted that the remake of Dead Space, the games Hogwarts Legacy or Atomic Heart and Wild Hearts are more likely to attract the attention of the players. Still, Square Enix can expect great enthusiasm for the sequel thanks to the numbers the original work achieved: over three million sales with its marketing on PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, as well as some very convincing metacritical records with 83/100 to press. and 8.1/10 for users.