Some lovely news for you JRPG fans out there: Square Enix will be releasing an Octopath Traveler prequel this year (in Japan, anyway).
The catch? It’s on mobile (via Gematsu). That’s right; you’ll be experiencing this 2D/3D art style goodness on your iOS/Android devices.
Subtitles “Tairiku no Haisha” or “Conquerers of the Continent”, the JRPG will feature all-new stories and characters, as well as the same battle system we loved. This time, you can have up to eight party members participating in battle. Story-wise, you get to choose between three “reigning champions.
On a related note, there’s going to be another Octopath Traveler game for console. According to Square Enix’s Tomoya Asano on a Famitsu interview, there’s a possibility for a sequel but that’ll take a while since this mobile project is currently underway. The message below is confirmation of that.
— オクトパストラベラー公式 (@OCTOPATH_PR) March 8, 2019
Apparently, it’ll also be free-to-play and will come with microtransactions. I don’t know what they are yet, but let’s hope it’s not involving gameplay mechanics and in-game weaponry. If you’re interested like I am, you can pre-register here.