Square Enix has announced (in a now-deleted blog post) that J-RPG Octopath Traveler will be coming to PC via Steam on June 7. The game will also be made available on the Square Enix store.
The game was first launched worldwide for the Nintendo Switch in July 2018, which means that with this release, fans who don’t own the console will have a chance to try their hand at the game.
Octopath Traveler is set in the beautiful, but dangerous, land of Osterra. Players are put in control of 8 unique heroes, who each have their own classes, varying skillsets, motivations and stories. Each hero even has their own unique ‘Path Action’ – abilities that they can use out of combat to progress their adventure, such as stealing items from NPCs.
What are the heroes like?
Players can choose to play as:
- Olberic, an experienced knight in search of redemption;
- Cyrus, a scholar whose book smarts don’t always equate to common sense;
- Tressa, an enthusiastic merchant, travelling the world to hone her skills;
- Ophelia, a noble cleric on a pilgrimage to Osterra’s holy sites;
- Primrose, a fallen noble on a quest to avenge her murdered father;
- Alfyn, a naive apothecary determined to help people, no matter the cost;
- Therion, a skilled thief trapped in an impossible situation; and
- H’annit, an expert hunter in search of her missing master.
The game boasts 8 vast regions to explore, various side-quests to discover, and of course, creatures to battle against. That, and regardless of which hero you choose, you can recruit the other heroes to join your party over the course of your adventures!
What makes Octopath Traveler unique?
What makes Octopath Traveler stand out from other J-RPGs on the market, though, is the game’s unique battle system. Much like any other J-RPG, it’s a turn-based battle system, but there’s a catch – every enemy has a shield. Players must strategise and take advantage of their weaknesses, in order to break their shields and stun them for a turn.
It’s graphics are no joke, too! Octopath Traveler combines 3D environments and backgrounds with classic RPG-inspired pixellated character sprites.
All in all, it’s definitely a unique game which captures the essence of classic J-RPGs while adding elements to keep it fresh. Be sure to snag a copy when it comes out on July 7th!