Surprise announcements are rare these days, so the announcement at the September 13 Nintendo Direct of Octopath Traveler 2 was something special. No-one was expecting it and not only did we get the announcement, we got to see a huge slice of gameplay.
The original game came out all the way back in 2018 and stunned audiences with a beautiful art style and a truly unique battle system. Now, Octopath Traveler 2 is set to do it all over again, taking the series to new heights. Here’s what you need to know.
Octopath Traveler 2 Release Date and Platforms
As the game was announced during a Nintendo Direct you won’t be at all surprised to learn that the game will be coming to Nintendo Switch. It’ll also be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC – the latter of which is why we’re writing about it on a PC gaming blog.
You won’t have too long to wait to get your hands on it either, as the release date is currently set for 24 February, 2023. Given that reports are already coming in of the game’s near completion, we’re hopeful that we’ll be playing Octopath Traveler 2 early next year.
What’s new in Octopath Traveler 2?
Octopath Traveler 2 looks set to expand upon everything that made the original so special. This time we’re off to the land of Solistia, two continents separated by a sea. Eight new travelers will be joining the adventure, each with new origins, motivations, and unique skills unlike anything seen before in the series.
The sequel will preserve much of the original whilst refining systems and giving players entirely new options to define how they play and where they go. The Break and Boost system will be back for battles, as well as the ability to develop your travelers’ however you choose. You’ll also be able to sail the seas, exploring a huge world that changes with a full day/night cycle.
The original game’s graphics were much lauded at launch and the sequel will refine the iconic HD-2D style. By fusing together pixel art and 3D scenes, it promises to be a feast for the eyes that surpasses the original.
Octopath Traveler 2 Trailers
Despite only being recently announced there’s tons of info to trawl in multiple trailers developers Square Enix have produced. First up, here’s the announcement trailer taken directly from the Nintendo Direct:
Next, why not feast your eyes on the Launch Date Announcement trailer which gives us more detail about the game’s story and world:
Finally, if you simply need more Octopath in your life, here’s 20 minutes of gameplay footage. It’s all in Japanese but has an English translation, check it out here:
Anyone who pre-purchases Octopath Traveler 2 will get the exclusive ‘Travel Provisions’ DLC as a bonus. This will include several consumables that will help players get a great start on their adventure.
Inside you’ll find:
- Healing Grape (M) x 5
- Inspiriting Plum (M) x 5
- Revitalizing Jam x 2
- Gold Dust (can be sold for 5,000 leaves in game) x 1
Now that’s how you begin adventuring in style.
If your appetite for adventure has been thoroughly whetted, head over to our store to grab yourself Octopath Traveler 2 at a brilliant price. Just make sure whenever you shop with Green Man Gaming to log in to check out the best possible price. Let’s get Octopathing.