Octopath Traveler launched last month to fantastic reviews. The game takes the very best of turn-based RPGs and adds its own, unique twists to the formula. The main story of Octopath centers around eight different characters. Each story fleshes out your understanding of the game’s world, pulling you deeper in and making you truly care about each of their conflicts.
The game is undoubtedly incredible, and it’s been selling better than Square Enix expected, which is especially surprising for a Nintendo exclusive JRPG. This prompted the question of whether we would see future games like this from Square Enix.
According to Takashi Mokizuchi of The Wall Street Journal, Square is planning to make more games like Octopath. However, they did not promise that future titles like this would be Switch exclusive. They only said they would do so if it was appropriate.
Square Enix attributed Octopath Traveler‘s success to a resurgence in the popularity of JRPGs. They also think that players were enticed by the lovely HD-2D sprites the game sports, as well as the many interesting characters they created.
In addition to all this, the publisher committed to making more middle-range games on the Switch, saying that the console was a good home for them. So whether the successor to Octopath is coming to Switch or not, we can at least expect more good things from the developers in the future.
As for the game’s sales, Square was especially surprised that the game did so well in the US and Europe. It also exceeded expectations in the digital market, yielding a higher download to packaged version ratio than originally predicted.
It’s great to hear that Octopath is performing so well. The game has resonated with fans of turn-based RPGs, and it’s also introducing new people to the genre. It serves as a good entry point for anybody that’s never played a game like it while also remaining challenging enough to keep veterans of the genre invested.
As for myself, I can say that the game is a perfect representation of what RPGs should be. It has fantastic characters, a beautiful and interesting world, one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard, and a really fun battle system that never gets old. In my recent editorial about RPGs, I used the game as an example of what developers should focus on in their games, and I still stand by that. If you’re on the fence about the game, I definitely recommend it to anybody that thinks they’ll have even a little bit of fun with it. If you’re still unsure, there are demos on the eShop that are totally free to try out.
I’m excited to see what Square Enix comes up with next for the Switch. It’s about time some high-quality, third-party JRPGs came home to Nintendo consoles, and Octopath was a perfect game to start that trend again. Now we just need some other great RPG publishers to make the jump to Switch. There’s definitely more room for some exclusive third-party titles.
What do you want to see from Square next? What are your biggest hopes for the inevitable Octopath sequel? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Takashi Mokizuchi