OCTOPATH TRAVELER II

Which OCTOPATH TRAVELER II character should you start with?

Need some help choosing which OCTOPATH TRAVELER II hero you should pick first? Let’s take a look through the options - and why they might be the perfect choice for you.
By Duncan Heaney

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II features eight new playable heroes, and you can start the game with any of them. Which begs the question: who’s the best one to start with?

The short answer is: any of them.

The new standalone RPG is designed so that every character is viable from the start. Not only that, but as you explore the world, you’ll be able to recruit the other heroes to your party and add them to your party.

That said, selecting your initial protagonist is an important decision - they’ll basically remain in your party for the duration of the game. Unlike other heroes, you can’t switch them out, so whoever you pick first essentially acts as your ‘lead’ character.

To help you make this momentous decision, and in honor of the game's recent release on Xbox Series X|S, we’ve created this guide to the eight travelers of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, their story, their talents, their special Path Actions (skills they can use to interact with people around the world) and what kind of player they may suit. Hopefully it helps:


Hikari - the Warrior

  • Weapons: Swords and Polearms
  • Talent: Learned Skills - Hikari can learn new combat moves from people around the world and use them in combat

Hikari’s tale begins in the desert region of Hinoeuma. As the prince of the warlike nation of Ku, his compassion and mercy often put him at odds with his more aggressive brother. After a period of peace, a tragedy sends the country to its combative ways, so Hikari sets out to find a path to peace.

What Path Actions does he have?

During the day, Hikari can use the Path Action: Challenge. This lets you challenge many NPCs to a duel - if you win, you can learn a special skill to use in combat, including attacks, healing abilities and more. Be aware though, you can only have a few learned skills equipped at a time.

At night, Hikari gains the ability to Bribe people for information. Bribing NPCs can give you the location of hidden items, discounts at the inn and even help you complete side quests. However, some have nothing useful to say at all, so don’t throw all your money away.

What is Hikari’s Latent Power?

When his Latent Power gauge is full, Hikari can activate his Shadow Power. This gives him access to some devastating attacks, which don’t use any SP to unleash!

As you’d expect from a skilled warrior, these moves are fantastic at either delivering powerful strikes or hitting multiple foes at a time.

Pick Hikari if…

  • You want access to a broad range of skills early on - Hikari’s ability to learn new combat moves from NPCs means he can potentially use other weapons, heal himself and more.

  • You want a tale with themes of honor, nobility and war

  • You want to be able to deal out massive damage to foes

  • You like a Japanese samurai-style aesthetic


Agnea - the Dancer

  • Weapon: Daggers
  • Talent: Dance Session - Agnea’s dancing can trigger extra effects from allured companions

Agnea’s adventures start in the small, leafy town of Cropdale, where she dances for the locals in the tavern.

Although beloved by the community, Agnea dreams of greater things - she wants to become a star and put a smile on people’s faces - just like her mother once did.

Of course, the journey to stardom is fraught with dangers… does Agnea have what it takes to make it big?

What Path Actions does she have?

Rather than force or money, Agnea relies on her charisma to get what she needs from others.

During the day, she can use the Allure Path Action. This lets her bring people along with her on her journey, and call them in to support her in battle.

At night, she can use Entreat to persuade people to give her items - provided she’s high enough level to do so, of course.

What is Agnea’s Latent Power?

When Agnea’s gauge is full, she can use her latent power: All Together Now! As the name implies, this lets her extend the reach of her abilities to everyone in the party at once, or hit all enemies with an attack. Use it to buff your allies for the fight ahead or lay the smack-down on a group of foes!

Pick Agnea if…

  • You want a story that’s full of heart and positivity

  • You believe teamwork makes the dreamwork - having NPCs fight with you is very useful!

  • You like lots of support options in combat - Agnea’s dance moves can deliver all kinds of ways status-changing effects.


Partitio - the Merchant

  • Weapons: Polearms and bows
  • Talent: Business Partners - depending on which NPCs you’ve hired, you’ll receive benefits in business and battles

Partitio’s story starts in Oresrush - a rundown town in the vast wastes of the Wildlands.

It wasn’t always so bleak here. Once this was a thriving community, driven by the silver mines in the region, but fortunes can fall as quickly as they rise… especially when less than scrupulous individuals are willing to exploit others for their own gain.

Driven by his experiences of poverty, and dreams of bringing prosperity to all, Partitio embarks on a journey around the world, with only his nose for commerce to guide him.

What Path Actions does he have?

Partitio is able to Purchase items from NPCs. If you have the cash, you can get some very valuable items or equipment.

At night, Partitio can Hire people to bring along on his journey. These hired helpers can be brought out in battle to help you out. NPCs have all kind of skills, and using your funds wisely can bring some major help to the team!

What is Partitio’s Latent Power?

Once the gauge is full, Partitio can use Hoot and Holler. This incredibly useful skill instantly maxes out his break points (BP), which you can use in a turn to take multiple actions or strengthen attacks. He can even donate BP to other characters.

Pick Partitio if…

  • You like the aesthetic of the old west - Partitio’s story starts in the ol’ dusty trail

  • You prefer to solve problems with your wallet rather than your fists

  • You want more freedom over your journey - after the first chapter of his story, Partitio can follow the scent of commerce to multiple destinations


Osvald - the Scholar

  • Weapon: Staffs
  • Talent: Study Foe - at the start of a battle, Osvald reveals one enemy weakness

Osvald’s adventure begins in the snowswept reaches of the Winterlands. Or more accurately, in prison in the Winterlands.

This once respected scholar was wrongfully accused of murdering his wife and child, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

1,879 days of incarceration in this harsh and forbidding place have done nothing to lessen the rage he feels for the wrongs committed against him. Earning his freedom, he sets off on a journey to exact his revenge against Harvey - the man who took everything from him.

Fortuantely, he has access to powerful magic - and a unique talent that lets him automatically pinpoint enemy weaknesses

What Path Actions does he have?

During the day, Osvald can Scrutinize to gain information from people around the world. Your attempts have a probability of success - fail too many times, and your reputation in the town will suffer.

At night, Osvald can Mug NPCs to gain items. Mugging someone initiates a battle - beat them and you can take all their belongings.

What is Osvald’s Latent Power?

Normally, Osvald’s magic spells affect all enemies, but when his Latent Power gauge is full, he can activate Concentrate Spells.

This lets his focus a spell on a single target with far greater potency - perfect for tough foes and bosses!

Pick Osvald if…

  • You want a story that’s dark and tragic

  • You like to play as black mage-style characters in RPGs

  • You want to find enemy weaknesses more easily - Osvald will automatically identify one vulnerability at the start of battle, which is very useful


Throné - the Thief

  • Weapons: Daggers and Swords
  • Talent: Blessings of Darkness - automatically raises the physical attack, elemental attack and speed of all allies during the night

Throné is a thief and a member of the Blacksnakes - a thieves guild that controls the city of New Delsta from the shadows. Her duties are to steal and to… ‘clean’.

Though impeccably skilled, this cycle of crime and death weighs heavily on the young thief. She determines to escape from this life and embarks on a journey to earn the keys to her freedom.

What are her Path Actions?

During the day, Throné can Steal items and equipment from NPCs. When you approach a target, you’ll see a rating that shows you the probability of success. Don’t get caught!

At night, and if her level is high enough, Throné can use Ambush to knock people unconscious. This lets you get into doors and areas that would otherwise be blocked.

What is Throné’s Latent Power?

Leave No Trace is a useful power that lets Throné act twice in a row. This opens up tons of options in combat. For example, you can use that extra action to do lots of damage quickly, heal up a faltering party, break and stun opponents - the choice is yours!

Pick Throné if…

  • You like stories that deal with the seedy underbelly of society

  • You want access to lots of free items early on - Steal means you can fill your pockets with goodies

  • You like playing thief characters in other RPGs


Temenos - the Cleric

  • Weapon: Staffs
  • Talent: Moonlight Judgement - at night, this talent automatically blinds foes, and decreases their physical and elemental defense at the start of battles

Temenos Mistral is a cleric in the mountainous region of Solistia known as the Crestlands.

He’s pretty easy-going when it comes to his duties as an Inquisitor, but things change when a tragedy occurs at this church.

Temenos senses that there’s more to this incident than meets the eye, so he sets out on a journey to solve the mystery.

What are his Path Actions?

If his level is high enough, Temenos can Guide people and lead them around. He can also bring them into battle,

At night, Temenos can Coerce people around the world to force information out of them. To do this, you need to engage them in battle and Break them by reducing their shield points to zero! If successful, they’ll give up all their secrets!

What is Temenos' Latent Power?

When Temenos fills his Latent Power Gauge, he can use Judgement. When this useful power is activated, all of the Cleric’s attacks will lower enemy Shield Points. It’s fantastic for Breaking foes - with multi-hit attacks you can even make a boss vulnerable in a single turn!

Pick Temenos if…

  • You like stories about gods and monsters

  • You want access to powerful healing magic early on

  • You enjoy playing as ‘white mage’ type characters in RPGS

  • You like some extra help in battle - Temenos can dish out some fair damage with his light element magic, but he relies on followers for big physical attacks.

Ochette - the Hunter

  • Weapons: Bows and axes
  • Talent: Capture and Prepare - capture monsters and use them in battle… or ‘Prepare’ to turn them into items

Ochette is a young hunter, living on the island of Toto’haha.

Despite her village’s troubles with the human islanders, she still lives a carefree life alongside her master Juvah and animal companions.

That changes when she learns of the fabled Creatures of Legend and an encroaching calamity known as Night of the Scarlet Moon. Desperate to save her home, she heads off in search of those who can help.

What are her Path Actions?

In the day, Ochette can Provoke people around the world, which sets a monster on them and initiates a battle. If Ochette wins, the target will be knocked out.

At night, she can Befriend townsfolk by giving them specific items. This lets you bring them on your journey and summon them in combat.

What is Ochette’s Latent Power?

When the gauge is full, Ochette can unleash her inner beast with Animal Instincts.

This gives her access to powerful attacks, such as Beastly Claws, which hits all foes, and Beastly Fangs, which lets her do damage to a single target.

Pick Ochette if…

  • You like the wild tribal setting more than civilized towns and cities

  • You like having a broad range of options in combat - Ochette can call upon both beasts and befriended townsfolk during battles

  • You love monster-capturing RPGs


Castti - the Apothecary

  • Weapon: Axes
  • Talent: Concoct - combine ingredients to make both hazardous and healing concoctions

Discovered adrift at sea, Castti arrives in the town of Canalbrine with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Her only clues are an apothecary’s satchel and the fact that she instinctively knows how to treat the ill and wounded.

With the townsfolk falling ill, Castti determines to get to the bottom of their mysterious sickness and, unable to ignore a nagging feeling that she’s forgetting something important, sets off on a journey to recover what she’s lost.

What are her Path Actions?

During the day, Castti can Inquire to gain information from townsfolk. She can learn the location of a hidden item, get a discount on the inn, even find out something needed to solve a quest or progress the story.

At night, she has the ability to Soothe people, sending them to sleep. To do so, she’ll need a specific item, and that item depends on who she’s trying to send into a slumber.

What’s Castti’s Latent Power?

Every Drop Counts allows Castti to concoct without using up any ingredients. With maximum boost, you can combine up to five things, creating incredibly powerful mixtures.

Pick Castti if…

  • You like medical dramas - Castti’s chapter is all about healing the sick and getting to the bottom of medical maladies.

  • You want powerful healing options right from the start

  • You enjoy experimenting with recipes - there’s a lot you can do with concoctions…

  • You enjoy a mystery - the central question of who Castti sets off a compelling mystery that begs to be unraveled


We hope that helps you make your decision over which traveler to pick first in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II.

As mentioned earlier, the game is designed so that any character is viable right from the start, and you’ll be able to experience all characters’ stories on a single playthrough, so there’s no wrong answers. Just pick the one that sounds most appealing and have fun!

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is out now for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam.

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OCTOPATH TRAVELER I and II now available on all current console platforms!

OCTOPATH TRAVELER comes to PS5 and PS4, and OCTOPATH TRAVELER II comes to Xbox Series X|S via Game Pass!
By Duncan Heaney

We have some exciting news for OCTOPATH TRAVELER fans on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. From today, OCTOPATH TRAVELER is available on PS5 and PS4, and OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has launched for Xbox Series X|S!

That means that both OCTOPATH TRAVELER titles are now available to play on current console platforms for the first time. What’s more, both OCTOPATH TRAVELER I and II are available for download on Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC.

They’re two of the best RPGs of recent times - they evoke style of classic adventures but bring them bang up date with modern design, stunning visuals, and fresh new ideas. Read on and we’ll tell you all about them, including how to get them.

OCTOPATH TRAVELER is now on PS5 and PS4!

The original OCTOPATH TRAVELER launches today for PS5 and PS4.

This innovative RPG features eight unique protagonists, each with their own very unique skills and stories:

  • Olberic - A Warrior who once dedicated his life to the protection of his king and country. A bloody coup, and betrayal from his most trusted comrade, takes both away from him - and his life’s meaning in the process.

  • Primrose - Once she was a noble, but now she’s a Dancer for the drunk and desperate. She suffers these indignities for one reason: vengeance on the men who murdered her father.

  • Tressa - A Merchant and a shrewd negotiator with an eye for a bargain. Tressa has an instinct for valuable items - even if nobody else sees it. Her acquisition of a legendary merchant’s journal sends her on a journey around the world.

  • Alfyn - A good-hearted but naïve Apothecary. As a young man, he was healed by a traveler and has since devoted his life to following the same path by helping those in need.

  • H’aanit - A Hunter and one of the last of her clan. When she’s asked to deal with a monster terrorizing the local area, she discovers there’s much more to the threat than meets the eye.

  • Therion - A Thief of exceptional ability. There are few places he can’t get into and fewer items he can’t pilfer. A seemingly impenetrable mansion is too big a challenge to resist - but Therion soon finds he’s in over his head…

  • Cyrus - A Scholar with great intelligence… except when it comes to matters of the heart. When a misunderstanding results in his suspension, he resolves to solve the mystery of a missing book.

  • Ophilia - A well-meaning Cleric, who selflessly, and recklessly, takes her adoptive sister’s place on a dangerous pilgrimage to the holy sites of the world.

You can recruit all eight characters to your party (with your first choice selected as your party leader), but the order in which you experience their adventures is entirely up to you.

The game introduced the amazing Break and Boost battle system - a delightfully strategic take on turn-based combat. It’s all about exploiting enemy weaknesses to remove their shield points and render them vulnerable to attack. To help with this, you earn boost points each turn, which you can spend to attack multiple times or strengthen a big hit.

Knowing when to save your Boost points, when to use them or spend them all in one big blow-out is the key to success - and makes every battle from the most minor minion to the biggest bosses a tactical treat.

And, of course, OCTOPATH TRAVELER was the game that introduced the now-beloved HD-2D visual style. It combines expressive 2D sprites with 3D to create a look that’s both nostalgic and modern!

How do you get the OCTOPATH TRAVELER games on PS5 / PS4?

OCTOPATH TRAVELER is available to purchase digitally today from the PlayStation Store either standalone, or as a bundle with OCTOPATH TRAVELER II.

PlayStation Plus members who buy OCTOPATH TRAVELER within the first two weeks of launch will also get a 34% early purchase discount (please visit the PlayStation Store for full details).

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is now on Xbox Series X|S and Game Pass

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is available on Xbox Series X|S consoles from today and is available to download via Game Pass (it’s also available on PC Game Pass).

The game refines everything that was great about the original OCTOPATH TRAVELER, but builds on it with new characters, new gameplay mechanics and much more.

As with the original, it features eight extremely different travelers, each with their own stories. You’ll choose one to start with (who will act as party leader) and embark an adventure around the game’s beautiful HD-2D world.

Along the way, you’ll meet the other seven heroes, add them to the party, and experience their action-packed tales in any order you like.

This games’ motley crew consists of:

  • Hikari - a Warrior who embarks on a quest to reclaim his kingdom from his usurper brother.

  • Agnea - a Dancer who wants to bring smiles and joy to the world, just like her famous mother.

  • Partitio - a Merchant with a real nose for commerce. After experiencing the effects of poverty first-hand, he wants to head out and eliminate it from the world.

  • Osvald - a Scholar who was framed for the murder of his wife and child. Upon escaping from prison, he only has one thing on his mind: revenge.

  • Throné - a Thief trapped in a life of crime. She wants to escape this life, but to do so she’ll have to face the worst the underworld has to offer.

  • Temenos - a Cleric with a burning desire for truth. When a tragedy occurs in his church, he senses there’s more going on than it seems, and sets out to solve the mystery.

  • Ochette - a carefree Hunter who lives with her master Juvah and animal companions. When she learns of an encroaching calamity that threatens her home, she seeks out those who can help her stop it.

  • Castti - an Apothecary who has lost her memory but retained her instinct to heal. She’s on a quest to rediscover her lost past and help anyone in need along the way.

The Break and Boost battle system returns, deeper and more strategic than ever. As before, it’s about boosting skills and exploiting enemy weaknesses, and new abilities and unique ‘Latent Powers’ for each hero give you more options than ever before.

Add improved character interactions, a superb soundtrack and the most beautiful HD-2D visuals yet, and you have a truly unforgettable RPG!

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has also received additional content, including an ‘Extra Battle’ mode, which will become available after defeating the final boss. This lets you test your skills against even tougher opponents than in the main game - including the main characters of OCTOPATH TRAVELER!

This mode is available on Xbox consoles at launch and has been added to the PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC versions today via an update.

How do you get the OCTOPATH TRAVELER games on Xbox Series X|S?

Both OCTOPATH TRAVELER and OCTOPATH TRAVELER II are ready to download today through Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.

You can also purchase both games individually and as a bundle.


OCTOPATH TRAVELER and OCTOPATH TRAVELER II are also available for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

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Best bits of 2023: The devil they call poverty in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II

We’re celebrating our favorite gaming moments of 2023. Today, we reveal how OCTOPATH TRAVELER II’s Partitio was forged by silver and desperation.
By Duncan Heaney

In this new series, the Square Enix Blog team looks at some of our favorite moments from throughout the year and why we think they’re great. To be clear, we’re not declaring them to be the pinnacle of the game, merely one of many moments that stand out. So, don’t get cross at us if you disagree, okay?


One of the many glorious things about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is the sheer variety of tones it’s able to conjure. Each of the eight playable protagonists has their own stories to follow, and all have a very different feel.

To be honest, it’s difficult to define any one character’s story as a ‘best bit’ - they’re all exceptional. But one that stood out for me personally was the opening of Partitio’s tale - and the rise and fall of the town of Oresrush.

What happens Partitio’s Chapter 1?

Partitio is a gifted youth blessed with a silver tongue, and an innate understanding of commerce. But unlike some other merchants in the world, he’s also got a strong social conscience - rather than accrue wealth, he wants to use his skills to make the world a better place.

That rather noble outlook is forged in his very first chapter, in which he’s forced to face the reality of poverty head on. His story starts many years before the adventure proper, when he, his father and their business partner Roque take ownership of a silver deposit in the Wildlands.

Over time, thanks to their exceptional trade skills, the town of Oresrush is founded - a prosperous community thanks to the free-flowing silver coming from the mines. But nothing lasts forever, and the rise of new technology like Steam, means demand for silver drops fast.

Not long after, a new owner has raised taxes, forcing many of the townsfolk into poverty. Many have lost their jobs and are struggling to even survive - even Partitio’s father falls gravely ill due to exhaustion and overwork.

Despite the economic trouble, the owner still demands his tithe of tax, and he uses the local heavy Giff to squeeze what little money there is out of the residents. Partitio decides to head to Giff’s mansion, confront the thug and his underlings, and get him to lay off.

What he discovers rocks his world, and although it gives the town a sliver of hope for survival, it instils in him a desire to travel the world and eliminate that devil called poverty once and for all.

What’s so good about this section of the game?

Here are just a few of the reasons this section stands out for me:

You feel a connection to Oresrush

The structure of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II means that you visit many towns over the course of the adventure. For some characters or chapters, they’re backdrops to the wider adventure, rather than a focal point, but Oresrush is different. For Partitio, it’s absolutely central to his adventure - to the point where it’s almost a character in the story in its own right.

Because you see the town in its pioneer glory, it drives home how destitute it has become thanks to the machinations of corrupt businessmen. That sense of oppression and misery is brilliantly conveyed, and it adds real stakes to Partitio’s task.

It balances tones brilliantly

One of the great things about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is how it contains so many different types of stories.

For example, if you want a dark and seedy tale of murder and betrayal, Throne’s attempts to break free from the criminal underworld gives you that. If you want an upbeat tale of people bettering the world through kindness, Agnea more than delivers. If you want a high fantasy story of rulers and kingdoms, Hikari provides. For a revenge thriller, you have Osvald, for thought-provoking adventures there’s Temenos and Ochette… well, Ochette’s just adorable.

Partitio’s tale fuses many of these different tones together expertly. Like Throne’s story, there’s oppression and suffering that the heroes long to break free from. Like Hikari, there’s a battle for control - the fare of the town lies in the balance. And like Agnea, Partitio is a delight - a proactively upbeat, optimistic presence who never lets things fall into darkness.

The music is majestic

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has incredible music. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it has one of my favorite soundtracks since… well, the original OCTOPATH TRAVELER. Composer Yasunori Nishiki’s work shines throughout the game, and Partitio’s story serves as an excellent example of how well it supports the game’s story and themes.

The spaghetti western-inspired themes for Oresrush are instantly catchy and there’s a marked difference between the energetic rhythms of the town theme while it flourishes, and the downbeat guitar as it falls into disrepair.

And while I’m praising Nishiki-san, let’s take a moment to appreciate Partitio’s super saxy character theme. It’s amazing.

It has a great boss battle

Another of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II’s great strengths is its combat system. It was already impressive in the original game, but this sequel refines and deepens it further, with new abilities, Latent Powers and more.

One of the reasons it’s so good is that it’s not a game where you can turn your brain off and brute force your way through fights. You have to think strategically and plan ahead, taking advantage of weaknesses where possible and timing your boosted attacks wisely.

The battles you’ll face on your path to confront Giff will teach you the core concepts, and this boss is a great test of everything you’ve learned about Partitio’s skill set. You’ll have to manage multiple minions and prepare for Giff’s quite powerful attacks, while laying on the damage yourself. It’s quite the balancing act, and while it’s far from the most difficult boss in the game, it’s still a supremely satisfying battle.


Partitio is just one of eight amazing protagonists in the game, and every tale has moments like this one - memorable scenarios where story, visuals, sound, and gameplay come together in harmony.

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is an all-round amazing RPG, and if you’re yet to dive in for yourself, then I urge you to do so. There’s even a free demo that lets you play through each character’s first chapter - so you can play Partitio’s opening discussed here for yourselves. And yes – progress does carry over to the main game!

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The Making of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II

The creative team behind OCTOPATH TRAVELER II reveal their vision for the acclaimed RPG… and challenges of bringing it to life.
By Duncan Heaney

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II highlights everything that makes RPGs so beloved.

It’s packed with memorable characters, whose vibrant personalities are matched by their incredible designs. It features incredibly engaging stories, satisfyingly deep combat, and beautiful HD-2D visuals, all supported by an utterly wonderful soundtrack.

It is, in short, the complete package and quite an achievement for the talented development team.

We recently had a chance to speak to some of the key developers about their experiences of making the game, including Keisuke Miyauchi (Director/ACQUIRE Corp.),Yasunori Nishiki (Composer), Naoki Ikushima (Character Design/SQUARE ENIX) and Kakunoshin Futsuzawa (Scenario Writer/SQUARE ENIX).

So, read on to learn all about the making of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II.

Director Keisuke Miyauchi

OCTOPATH TRAVELER was acclaimed when it released, so how did you approach creating a follow up?

One of the main things we thought about was making sure the game is fun for those who had played the first game, and those coming to the series for the first time. This was something we kept foremost in our minds when adding or balancing features.

Another key feature was the ability to switch between day and night at the press of a button. This was something we considered particularly important right from the beginning of development, so we used it as a central axis when implementing other features.


What did you find most challenging about this approach?

First and foremost, we wanted to showcase to players that there had been iterations, rather than drastic changes made to the overall experience.

This was particularly true when it came to the visuals, where it was challenging to find the right balance. We wanted a game that was even more beautiful than the first but making the graphics too finely detailed lost what makes the pixel art great.

It took a lot of trial and error to find that balance. Fortunately, the core development team worked together on OCTOPATH TRAVELER, and we’ve built really strong relationships with each other. That helped us to go through this repeated trial and error process relatively smoothly.

The visuals were improved, with more dynamic camera movements too. How difficult was it to integrate these new cinematic touches with the established style of OCTOPATH TRAVELER?

When the camera angle changes, it means you can see places that would originally have been hidden! So we had to create these places in detail, which was a challenge we didn’t have in the previous game.

However, from the beginning stages of development, we planned the maps in much more detail than in OCTOPATH TRAVELER. Thankfully, because we did this work, making these new maps wasn’t as tricky as expected!


There are lots of hidden treasure chests and other secrets throughout Solistia, but are there any very special items you'd encourage players to look out for?

This is about dungeons rather than items, but there’s one particular side dungeon that you can only access in a rather unique way. We don’t want to ruin too much of the surprise, but would encourage players to try to uncover it and see what they find!

Composer Yasunori Nishiki

The first OCTOPATH TRAVELER was widely praised for its superb soundtrack. How did that make you feel?

I think “relieved” is the most appropriate word!

Honestly, I challenged myself quite a lot with the soundtrack for the first OCTOPATH TRAVELER. I could feel the weight of everyone’s expectations for a Square Enix RPG with pixel art graphics… but above all, I didn’t want to let myself down because I’m a fan of Square Enix RPGs too!

Then there was the question of whether I could follow on from the great work done on previous Asano Team games by REVO and Supercell - suffice to say, I was facing pressure from all angles.

Thankfully, a lot of people were pretty positive about the soundtrack so I felt such relief!


Did that acclaim add pressure when composing for OCTOPATH TRAVELER II?

As I’m sure you can imagine, I inevitably felt even more pressure when it came to making the soundtrack for OCTOPATH TRAVELER II! Because in addition to everything I previously mentioned, I now had a new goal: to not disappoint the people who enjoyed the first game!

So yes, I felt a huge sense of responsibility as I worked on the soundtrack.

Each character has a very memorable theme. How much do you know about each character before you start composing for them?

When I come to create the themes for the characters, the OCTOPATH TRAVELER II team provided me with a huge amount of information - almost as much information as ends up in the game itself. I’d say that around the only thing I didn’t have was the actual voice of the actors.

So, essentially, they put me in a situation where I didn’t have any excuses - all that was left was for me to deliver (laughs).


The OCTOPATH TRAVELER main theme has already become instantly recognizable. How did you rearrange it for this new game?

To match the evolution of the HD-2D visuals, I wanted to give the main theme more breadth, musically speaking.

However - and this is the tricky thing with sequels - you can’t change it too much. You have to leave in the elements that make it recognisable as OCTOPATH TRAVELER series theme on first listen, while at the same time adding in new elements.

It was a very challenging task.

I love the way the themes flow into each other - for example, character themes transitioning to battle themes. It’s so seamless - what tricks do you use to pull this off?

The system itself is very simple. The theme song loops, and when the player presses the button (whenever they like), it moves to dungeon music that fits between, which then connects to the tracks for the boss battles.

It’s not a new feature in terms of being interactive, but I think it probably leaves a lasting impression on the gameplay experience because of the way each of the eight characters’ themes all connect through to the final boss battle in their scenario. They’re linked to the distinctive gameplay of OCTOPATH TRAVELER.


What was the most challenging thing about creating the OCTOPATH TRAVELER II soundtrack?

Broadly speaking, I don’t think there was anything that wasn’t challenging (laughs).

If I had to choose something, then it would be creating memorable melodies. That’s one of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of creating the soundtrack.

And it can only be resolved by just sitting at your desk and confronting yourself (laughs).


Finally, OCTOPATH TRAVELER isn’t the only release this year featuring your music. The OCTOPATH TRAVELER soundtrack was also included - and playable! - as THEATRYTHM FINAL BAR LINE DLC. That must be exciting!

Yes, it’s an absolute honour to be included alongside the greats of Square Enix music!


The OCTOPATH TRAVELER soundtrack is now available on streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music. You can also listen to the full soundtrack on the Square Enix Music channel:

The OCTOPATH TRAVELER II soundtrack is available to buy digitally including on Amazon and iTunes

Character Designer Naoki Ikushima

It’s impressive how the character designs for the heroes clearly convey their roles in the game yet are completely different to those of the original OCTOPATH TRAVELER. How difficult was it to find a balance between looking appropriate for a thief, warrior etc, but being very clearly distinct to the original game’s cast?

The previous game was set in a fairly limited geographical area, in a medieval European style setting. However, an even bigger world is one of the themes of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, so I made sure to keep the changes to the time period and the variety of cultures in mind.

So, there are some characters that you wouldn’t have found in the previous game: those with urban outfits, such as Throné and Partitio, those from more Asian-inspired countries, like Hikari, and the beastling Ochette. They really are an eclectic bunch!

What’s more, even when characters’ jobs are the same, I’ve added some differences to better fit the world of the sequel. For example, Olberic, the warrior in OCTOPATH TRAVELER, was well-built, and swung his sword around with great power. On the other hand, Hikari, the warrior in this game, is slighter and is the type to rely on technique rather than power.

Another example: the dancer in the previous game, Primrose, was a woman with a dark past, while the dancer in this game, Agnea, has a cheerful and sunny disposition.


Which character was the hardest to design and why?

Castti the apothecary. I settled on the design for her outfit fairly quickly, but I really went back and forth on her color scheme.

In the previous game, I went with green as a color that suited an apothecary, but I’ve used blue for Castti’s design. I think her final color scheme is fitting for a kind character, and also fits extremely well with her starting location being the ocean.

It’s remarkable how expressive characters in the game can be. When designing them, what elements do you consider important to ensure they look good and expressive in-game?

I do, of course, keep the pixel art in mind when designing the characters, but even more important is the work that the pixel artists themselves do to optimise those designs - first and foremost, Shizuka Morimoto!


Did any character designs have to change over the course of development?

Ochette’s ears changed.

Initially, I tried designing her with floppy ears as a new kind of approach to creating the beastlings. However, when we considered how clear this would be when converted into a sprite, I changed these to her current pointy ears.

Which character design in the game are you most proud of? Why?

I’m proud of all eight!

To explain a little bit further, I’m honestly proud that I managed to create a new set of uniquely distinct characters who differ in very specific ways from the previous eight protagonists!


Finally, are there any little details into the designs that you especially hope fans will notice?

There are in the designs for Akalā and Mahina - Ochette’s companions.

One of the themes of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is night and day, so I’ve added a little sun and moon motif into their designs. These might be tricky to see on the sprites, but I hope you’ll keep an eye out!

Also, I was really excited to be the one to give Akalā and Mahina their names!

Scenario Writer Kakunoshin Futsuzawa

Eight characters is a lot! How difficult was it to find unique and varied situations to put them in?

Some of the situations are defined for the game - for example, Osvald being imprisoned - so that was a huge help in building out my idea of the character.

But on top of that, I came up with the myths from scratch, researched modern and historical cultures, thought up how the beastlings came to be, and the backstories for each individual protagonist!


What were your inspirations for the characters’ arcs?

Well, if I can go through them one by one…

  • Hikari – I’d decided from the very beginning that I was going to tell the story of a prince fighting his own family. Among the rough character outlines during the planning stages, there was an “Asian swordsman.” That gave me the idea to go with a story inspired by Asian war chronicles.

  • Agnea – The dancer’s story in the previous game was the darkest of all the tales, so I wanted to make Agnea’s arc optimistic and cheerful. The simple theme of becoming a star came from that starting point.

  • Partitio – I liked Alfyn in the previous game, so I wanted to create another all-round good guy, like him. Because he’s a merchant, his theme focused on wealth, which gave rise to the story of him being someone who altruistically wanted to share it with others.

  • Osvald – Similar to his physical imprisonment, I tried to create a story that mirrors and weaves together Osvald’s ‘heart,’ which is also locked away in prison, with the element of magic.

  • Castti – Actually, Mr. Miyauchi, the director, came up with the idea!

  • Throné – I wanted to do a story of the thief in the style of Primrose from the previous game but had the aim of making it even darker.

  • Temenos – At the time, I was really into looking up unsolved cases in Japan for some reason. So, I decided to make this a mystery / detective story.

  • Ochette – For this story, I had the concept of creating a narrative that could be enjoyed visually, without having to think too deeply. As a result, it ended up being a fairly simple story about collecting legendary monsters.

I was really careful with this tonal balance when planning out the characters and stories. People seemed to like the dark stories in the first game, so I set the overall tone of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II to be a little darker.

Which character was the most difficult to write for?

The hardest thing to write was the chapters for Temenos.

It was just complex, with lots of things to think about - myths, the outline of the incident, the structure of the church organisation, other background information for the religion, the incident and characters…

I imagine it must have been difficult for Temenos as well, having to solve the mystery!


Which scenarios are you most proud of in the game?

In terms of which I’m most proud of, I’d have to say it’s all eight. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to ensure that none of them are superior or inferior to the others.

But in terms of my personal preference, I like Throné’s story and Ochette’s character the best.

Many thanks to Mr. Miyauchi, Mr. Nishiki, Mr. Ikushima and Mr. Futsuzawa for sharing their experiences - and for creating an amazing RPG in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II!

You can experience all eight characters’ amazing tales in the full game, available now on Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, and PC via Steam:

Additionally, you can choose any of the eight protagonists and play for three hours in the OCTOPATH TRAVELER II Prologue demo - find out more about that here:

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12 of the best turn-based RPGs you should play from Square Enix

Looking to flex your strategic muscles? There are plenty of turn-based RPGs from Square Enix, from new releases to returning classics. Take a look!
By Duncan Heaney

When you’re battling the forces of evil, it can be helpful to have time to think.

That’s why turn-based combat is so fun in RPGs. Having the space to consider your options and execute the perfect strategy is a thrill that never gets old… and something that many fans just can’t enough of!

There are plenty of turn-based options from Square Enix too, from traditional takes on the formula, to brand new ideas that make things fresh and exciting. Whether it’s all-new games, or returning classics, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the most recent turn-based / command-based games we’ve released.

How many of these have you played?


OCTOPATH TRAVELER II

This acclaimed sprawling RPG features 8 new characters, each with their own unique stories and abilities. These consistently surprising tales run the gamut from dark, tragic crime dramas to upbeat tales about teaching the world to smile.

Each provides plenty of opportunity to experiment with the ‘Break and Boost’ battle system - a deeply strategic take on turn-based combat. It’s based on exploiting enemy weaknesses to remove their shield points, rendering them vulnerable to attack. To help with this, you earn boost points each turn, which you can spend to attack multiple times or strengthen a big hit.

Knowing when to save your points and when to spend them is key to success, leading to battles that are always engaging, whether you’re mashing monsters or butting heads with a boss.

Exploring the world is also full of possibility thanks to Path Actions, which let you interact with NPCs in different ways. Some characters can recruit townsfolk for battle, bribe them for information, or even mug them! Each character has two Path Actions - one for day and another for night, making for lots of different ways to find secrets and resolve quests.

And everything is brought to life in the game’s beautiful HD-2D art style, which fuses 2D sprites with 3D graphics for a look that’s both nostalgic and modern. If you want an RPG that pays homage to the past of the genre, while bringing it up to date with exciting fresh ideas, OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is not to be missed!


DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

DRAGON QUEST XI S takes the traditional-style RPG to its ultimate form.

Set in the vibrant world of Erdrea, you take on the role of the Luminary - a young man destined to destroy the forces of darkness. Of course, things aren’t quite as simple as that, and before long, you’re off on a continent-spanning adventure alongside a rag-tag group of allies and adventurers.

Everything about the game oozes premium quality, from the beautiful visuals to the fast-paced turn-based combat system. It’s a game where there’s always a new place to see or a new secret to discover, which makes it very hard to stop playing!

The Definitive Edition adds to what was already a great game, adding new story chapters based around party members, tons of quality of life features that make the game a joy to play, and even the ability to play the entire game in 2D, with classic DRAGON QUEST mechanics!

Look, the game’s a genuine masterpiece. Play it.


FINAL FANTASY I-VI Pixel Remaster Series

These games need no introductions: six of the most beloved RPGs in history have been remastered with beautiful pixel art, quality of life features such as auto-battle, and stunning rearranged and rerecorded soundtracks.

Each of these games is distinct and memorable, featuring innovative ideas that fans continue to adore to this day

Whether it’s the intricate job system of FINAL FANTASY III and V, the introduction of the fast-paced active time battle (ATB) combat in FINAL FANTASY IV or the incredible storytelling of FINAL FANTASY VI, there’s so much to enjoy here for both new and old fans.

The games area are available digitally on Nintendo Switch and PS4 and Steam - either individually or together as a bundle. They're also available on iOS and Android devices.


LIVE A LIVE

One of the most unique RPGs of the Super Nintendo era has been remade with stunning HD-2D visuals, newly added character voice over and a fantastic soundtrack, rearranged under the supervision of original composer Yoko Shimomura.

This is a game that dares to be different - rather than one continuous narrative, it’s an omnibus that contains multiple shorter stories. These tales follow eight individual protagonists in different eras - each with their own unique story and unique mechanics.

For example, you might be a ninja infiltrating a mysterious castle in Edo Japan, or a modern-day fighter on the world stage slugging it out to be the best. One story could see you trapped on board a spaceship in the wake of a terrible accident, while another puts you in the role of a kung fu master, searching for an heir in ancient China. One adventure even takes you to prehistoric times, before language even existed.

You can play seven chapters in any order, with a final eight chapter awaiting at the end, set in the Middle Ages.

Full of twists and turns and with a strategic turn-based battle system where timing and character placement matter, LIVE A LIVE is innovative, experimental and one of the best RPGs you can get today:


The Voice of Cards series

This series of laid-back RPGs is full of humor and heart. Each one tells its tale through the medium of cards - the world is made from cards, the characters are portrayed as cards, and even weapons and attacks in combat are cards.

The games are bursting with personality thanks to a stellar creative team, including Creative Director YOKO TARO (Creative Director on the NieR series), Character Designer Kimihiko Fujisaka (Drakengard series) and Music Director Keiichi Okabe (NieR series).

There are three games in the Voice of Cards series - each one a completely standalone tale with its own world, characters and mechanics. They are:

  • Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars - a less-than reputable adventurer sets out on a not-entirely-altruistic mission to kill the dragon that terrorizes the kingdom.

  • Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden - a young hero heads onto the high seas to find a way to save his island from imminent destruction.

  • Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden - a girl swears revenge on monsters after they destroy her home.

They’re breezy adventures, with incredible presentation and fantastic music across the board, compelling stories with unconventional characters and entertaining turn-based battles. You won’t find many RPGs as wildly entertaining as these!

While each game is available to purchase individually, they’re also now available in a collection. Go check it out:


BRAVELY DEFAULT II

BRAVELY DEFAULT II is a joyous celebration of classic RPGs - we’re talking turn-based combat, an incredibly flexible job system, dangerous dungeons to delve into, memorable heroes and - naturally - an absolutely incredible soundtrack.

But while it hearkens back to games like FINAL FANTASY V, it’s no mere nostalgia project. It modernizes things with innovative ideas of its own, including the battle system, from which the game takes its name.

In combat, you can choose to ‘Default’, and defend against damage, and save that turn to use later. Or you can use the ‘Brave’ command to spend all your turns in succession, allowing you to link multiple actions together. It’s very easy to get to grips with but has a staggering amount of tactical depth.

Long story short, if you’re a fan of Japanese RPGs, then you owe it to yourself to play BRAVELY DEFAULT II.


DUNGEON ENCOUNTERS

Head into a dark and mysterious dungeon full of obstacles, monsters and surprises in an RPG that dares to be different.

DUNGEON ENCOUNTERS strips back the genre to its essential elements, and in doing so takes those elements to incredible heights. You traverse 99 floors of a deep and dangerous labyrinth using a 2D grid-based movement system that requires you to consider your routes very carefully.

That’s because there are lots of dangerous monsters on each floor, which you’ll face off against using a refined version of the Active Time Battle (ATB) system, as pioneered in FINAL FANTASY IV. In fact, the creator of that battle system, Hiroyuki Ito, is the Director for this game!

Add a rocking soundtrack overseen by Musical Director Nobuo Uematsu, and you have an incredibly accomplished and satisfying adventure. It may not be the most flamboyant RPG on this list, but it’s definitely one of the most strategic and satisfying.


Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered

The SaGa series is one of the most respected RPG franchises out there, lauded for its free-form storytelling, innovative combat system and incredible soundtracks. Late last year, one of the best games in the series was remastered for modern platforms: Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered.

This new version of the game (itself a PS2 remake, released in Japan and the US in 2005, of the original Romancing SaGa originally released in Japan in 1992) enhances the original with new events, new characters to recruit and use in battle, and lots of quality of life improvements, such as speeding up time.

It’s the perfect entry point for anyone coming to the SaGa series for the first time and a nostalgic treat to those who aren’t.


VARIOUS DAYLIFE

Are you looking for something a little different? VARIOUS DAYLIFE gives you a fresh take on the turn-based RPG.

The setup is simple. You’re a new resident of a growing settlement on a largely unexplored continent. Along with a party of allies, you’ll head out to chart these untamed lands and discover its secrets.

Of course, exploration of the unknown is dangerous, and you’ll need to be both strong and skilled to survive these “expeditions”. But you can’t gain power through taking on foes - you need to get a job. By undertaking everyday work in the town, you’ll grow in strength and unlock new abilities in combat.

There are more than 100 types of work with over 20 job classes to take on - everything from Secretary and Scholar to Herbalist and Hunter. Be careful about taking on too much in a row though - you have to balance your stamina and mood to avoid collapsing and losing stats. To introduce a twist to this traditional job-and-ability, turn-based battle, this game also features an innovative battle system called The Three CHAs. CHANGE your foes' conditions, build up a CHAIN of attacks and seize your CHANCE at inflicting heavy damage!

This combination of everyday work and exciting “expeditions” creates a hugely entertaining and distinctive gameplay loop - and one that’s quite hard to break away from when it gets its hooks in!


Tactics Ogre: Reborn

One of the greatest tactical RPGs of all time returned last year even better than before.

Fans of the genre often cite Tactics Ogre as one of its crown jewels, and it’s easy to see why. The branching story is exciting and thought-provoking, the fantastic characters are endlessly quotable, and the worldbuilding is second to none. But it’s the intensely strategic combat that perhaps shines brightest of all.

Combat encounters are varied and require mastery of the battlefield and understanding of your units to triumph. Each one is a satisfying tactical challenge that feels rewarding and satisfying in equal measure, and even dozens of hours in you’ll find yourself excited to see what challenges lie ahead.

The most recent release of the game, Tactics Ogre: Reborn, has reworked many aspects of the game, making them easier to understand and engage, while also increasing the strategic depth. This is the best way to play the game, making it an essential play for fans of tactical RPGs.


TRIANGLE STRATEGY

Take a dark and mature story where your choices matter, exciting and deeply strategic turn-based battles, and the utterly gorgeous HD-2D art style pioneered in games like OCTOPATH TRAVELER, and you have TRIANGLE STRATEGY…

…and it’s every bit as good as it sounds.

The story of this modern tactical RPG takes place in a continent whose nations went to war over salt and iron. 30 years after the last conflict, new tensions are building between the nations, and a fresh war looms.

As Lord Serenoa Wolffort, it falls on you to make morally ambiguous choices, while trying to maintain the support of your strong-minded companions… who may have their own opinions on the situation. Then you’ll lead your troops into intense battles, where your tactical know-how is essential to success.

It’s a deep, challenging game that fans of tactical RPGs will adore. As will new players - with multiple difficult options, it’s also a great entry point for the genre. Give it a go!


CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION

CHRONO CROSS is a true RPG classic, and it’s now available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam!

Its ambitious story focuses on Serge, a young man living a simple life in a small fishing village. One day, he finds himself transported to a parallel world where no one recognizes him… because it turns out this world’s version of him died years ago.

Joined by a tomboy thief called Kid, Serge embarks on an epic quest across two parallel worlds to unveil the connection between his existence and the future of the planet.

The RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION enhances the original PS1 adventure with upgraded models and fonts, refined music by original composer Yasunori Mitsuda and battle enhancement features like auto-battle, the ability to turn off enemy encounters, and even Battle Boosts to give you an edge in combat.

It also includes RADICAL DREAMERS - Le Trésor Interdit” - a text-based adventure that originally released in 1996 for the Super Famicom peripheral Satellaview. It had never been available in the West before this release, and it’s an amazing story that serves as a bedrock  to the story of CHRONO CROSS, so well worth checking out!


Also try…

We’ve focused on the more recent releases in this guide because we suspect that many of you will have already played classics like FINAL FANTASY VII - FINAL FANTASY X. Even so, it’s worth noting there are many more turn-based (technically command-based if they have real-time elements like ATB) RPGs available from Square Enix.

If you’re looking for a top tier RPG experiences, we strongly recommend the following excellent games:

Pure turn-based

  • DRAGON QUEST (Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android)
  • DRAGON QUEST II (Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android)
  • DRAGON QUEST III (Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android)
  • Romancing SaGa 3 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Windows10, Steam, iOS, Android)
  • SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, Android)
  • SaGa Frontier Remastered (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, Android)
  • FINAL FANTASY X HD Remaster (available in FINAL FANTASY X|X-2 HD Remaster - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam)

Command based with real-time elements

  • FINAL FANTASY VII (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, Android)
  • FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, Android)
  • FINAL FANTASY IX (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, Android, Windows 10)
  • FINAL FANTASY X-2 HD Remaster (available in FINAL FANTASY X|X-2 HD Remaster - PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIII (Steam, Xbox One, Windows)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 (Steam, Xbox One, Windows)
  • LOST SPHEAR (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  • I am Setsuna (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam)
  • CHRONO TRIGGER (Steam, iOS, Android)
  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Steam)

As you can see, turn-based RPG fans have plenty of options available. We’re sure you have your own suggestions too, so follow us on social media and share your thoughts:

The Games That Made Us: OCTOPATH TRAVELER II team

Director Keisuke Miyauchi, Composer Yasunori Nishiki, Character Designer Naoki Ikushima and Scenario Writer Kakunoshin Futsuzawa reveal the games that shaped them.
By Duncan Heaney

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is an incredible RPG. It’s clearly the work of a passionate and talented team, who worked hard to create something special.

But what made them?

We spoke to key members of the team to discover the games that shaped them and their careers. Kind enough to answer our questions were:

  • Keisuke Miyauchi-san (Director/ACQUIRE Corp.)
  • Yasunori Nishiki (Composer)
  • Naoki Ikushima (Character Designer/SQUARE ENIX)
  • Kakunoshin Futsuzawa (Scenario Writer/SQUARE ENIX)

So read on as the OCTOPATH TRAVELER II team reveal The Games That Made Us:

Hello everyone and thanks for your time! First, we’ll ask you to cast your minds back to a long time ago: what was the first game you ever played?

Keisuke Miyauchi-san (Director): It would have been… Pinball on the NES, I think!


Yasunori Nishiki (Composer): I have an older brother, so I can remember watching him play from over his shoulder - I have vague memories of watching him play FINAL FANTASY IV.

Hmm… but I’m sorry, but I don’t really remember what my first game was (laughs)!

There was a little traditional sweet shop near my house, which had a STREET FIGHTER II arcade cabinet. I remember this distinctive voice coming from it: “Hadouken!”

That caught my interest, and I gave it a go.

I can still remember how excited I was when I heard that you’d be able to play the game to your heart’s content in your own home on the SNES!

The release date was actually just before my birthday. My parents bought the game ahead of time and told me: “No playing until your birthday!” But I took it out of the box when my parents weren’t looking and played it in secret. I have really clear memories of that (laughs).


Naoki Ikushima (Character Designer): For me, it would have been Super Mario Brothers.

I was drawn into the world of the game. I loved picture books and being able to play an interactive game inside a world that looked like a picture book itself was a new experience for me.

Although I would die right away because I was useless at it (laughs).


Kakunoshin Futsuzawa (Scenario Writer): The first game I remember playing would probably be STREET FIGHTER II.

I remember thinking something like,“Blanka is so cool!”

What was the first Square Enix game you ever played?

Miyauchi-san: For me, it was DRAGON QUEST IV.

I remember that I liked how the stories of different characters with a wide range of backgrounds came together in the end, and I was really drawn to the art style on the box and the strategy guide.


Ikushima-san: DRAGON QUEST III. Naturally, I liked the sense of fantasy, and I also loved the monster design!

I was a child, so I didn’t pay proper attention to what the king says, so I didn’t realise for a while that other characters could join your party! I ended up going on the quest all by myself.

I still remember the shock when a friend at school told me (laughs)!


Futsuzawa-san: I think it was FINAL FANTASY V. I was drawn into that epic fantasy world right from the opening of the game!


Nishiki-san: Mine was either THE FINAL FANTASY LEGEND or FINAL FANTASY V… to be honest, I don’t remember too clearly.

I do remember liking the music in both cases. Nobuo Uematsu’s music has had such a huge impact on my life!

Above: FINAL FANTASY V Pixel Remaster


Which single Square Enix game could you not live without?

Miyauchi-san: I think it would be FINAL FANTASY VII.

It was the first game that made me interested in the people who were making games. I found myself curious about what kind of person had created this world, crammed so full of life and detail!


Nishiki-san: Wow, that’s a tricky question (laughs)!

I don’t think I could give up any FINAL FANTASY, putting aside the exact number.

The worlds that the series creates are great, of course, but honestly, it would have to be because of the music. As I said, Uematsu-san’s music and philosophy have been such a huge influence on me.


Ikushima-san: BRAVELY DEFAULT.

That game was the trigger for me joining Team Asano. It made me think: “this is the kind of game I’ve been wanting to make!” I put in a request and joined the team from BRAVELY SECOND.

To this day, I still dearly wish that I could have worked on the first game!

Futsuzawa-san: OCTOPATH TRAVELER. This was the game that started me on a new journey as a creator!

Above: The original OCTOPATH TRAVELER


If you could only listen to one Square Enix soundtrack or album ever again, what would it be?

Nishiki-san: This is another really tricky question (laughs)!!

They’re all wonderful albums, so I can’t pick just one… but if I absolutely had to, I might go with FINAL FANTASY V.


Miyauchi-san: Definitely OCTOPATH TRAVELER II.

I’ve been listening to all the music since they were demo tracks, so I’m really attached to them. I might be a bit biased though (laughs).

In terms of specific songs, I love “At Your Back.”


Futsuzawa-san: OCTOPATH TRAVELER - because I have so many memories from it, and they’re connected to the songs as well.

The main theme is my favorite. It makes me want to set out on a journey!

Listen to the full OCTOPATH TRAVELER soundtrack on the Square Enix Music channel on YouTube.


Ikushima-san: Other than the OCTOPATH TRAVELER series? It would have to be BRAVELY DEFAULT.

I like all of the tracks in the game, but I really like the music that plays in the overworld. It always cheers me up.

What game do you think the entire world should play?

Miyauchi-san: Shadow of the Colossus.

I feel like the design is perfect in every aspect, neither underdone or too much - gameplay, the world and setting, the sound… everything.


Ikushima-san: OCTOPATH TRAVELER II!

The developers and creators loved the first game and have worked to make the sequel even better.


Futsuzawa-san: OCTOPATH TRAVELER II!

At the moment, rather than thinking about what people “should” play, I guess I just really want people to play it (laughs).

What’s your proudest career achievement?

Miyauchi-san: It’s probably the fact that so many people played the series’ previous title, OCTOPATH TRAVELER.

I’m so happy and proud about that!


Ikushima-san: The fact that I’ve been entrusted with character design - that was my dream!

When I was in elementary school, I entered a competition to design a character for a game. Predictably, I didn’t win (laughs).

At the time, I was really frustrated - that’s when I made up my mind that I was definitely going to become a designer for games!


Futsuzawa-san: For me, it’s the fact that I’m writing the scenario for the OCTOPATH TRAVELER series! I’m proud because the series is loved by so many people all around the world.

Of course, I count myself in that number!


Nishiki-san: The thing that I’m most proud of in and of itself, is that I’m now in a position to create new game music.

I think that, at times, everyone is drawn to the idea of becoming someone who creates the kind of thing that influenced their life when they were younger. However, not everyone can make that happen - not everyone ends up in their dream job. The world can be harsh.

And so, I’m really proud that I’ve made it in spite of that and have the good fortune to be in such a position myself!

What are you most proud of about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II?

Miyauchi-san: There’s so much I’m proud of about the game.

The graphics are more beautiful than the previous game, and the story structure really brings out the individual personalities of each protagonist. Plus, the game balances a lot of different elements without becoming overly busy.


Nishiki-san: Listing specific things is tricky. Besides, I think it all comes down to being able to present the players with a new OCTOPATH TRAVELER story - that means everything to me.


Ikushima-san: This might be a few things that made me happy, rather than what I’m proud of!

The first is that Octopuff became one of the official characters. Second, that we were able to create a sequel to the first game as the same team. And third, that I’ve heard people talking about much they love the characters!


Futsuzawa-san: I’m proud of writing the scenarios for the eight protagonists - and that I was unwavering and kept going with my convictions right until the entire scenario was completed.

I’m also proud of Ochette - and the fact that I introduced the Beastlings as something completely new to the OCTOPATH series!

Finally, what do you hope players take from your game?

Miyauchi-san: No matter what kind of game I’m making, I tend to be exacting about the details and insert some jokes – I’m always happy when players notice and enjoy these things.

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has lots of those kinds of touches, so I hope you’ll keep an eye out, and that some of them become your personal favourites!


Nishiki-san: The fact that we’ve been able to make this sequel is thanks to everyone who picked up and played OCTOPATH TRAVELER when it was a completely new title.

When we created OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, we wanted it to be a thank you to everyone who believed in the first game. And, since we grew up playing RPGs, we wanted the game to pay homage to those games and pass along the favour.

I really, genuinely hope people have a wonderful journey in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II.


Ikushima-san: I would just like to say thank you so much to the players for warming to the eight new protagonists! I hope you have a great journey together!


Futsuzawa-san: Games will always have an ending. But if the characters I’ve written live on in your heart, then it’s not the end for them.

Have a great trip!

Many thanks to Miyauchi-san, Nishiki-san, Ikushima-san and Futsuzawa-san for sharing their experiences and opinions.

You can see how their love of RPGs has influenced OCTOPATH TRAVELER II - it’s an amazing game that celebrates the genre while modernising it with bold and fun ideas. The love of the developers comes through in every one of the HD-2D pixels!

If you’re yet to experience the game, OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is available now for Nintendo Switch, Steam, PS5 and PS4.

There’s also a free Prologue demo, which lets you pick a character and play through their story for three hours... and progress carries over to the main game! Find out more about that here:

We hope you enjoy the game! If you’re about to get started, check out our guide:

And be sure to follow us on social media for news and updates about this and other Square Enix games:

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II Prologue demo out now for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4 and Steam

Choose any protagonist and experience the first three hours of their adventure… and your progress carries over to the full game!
By Duncan Heaney

Want to play OCTOPATH TRAVELER II before release?

Good news then, because there’s a new demo for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4 and PC via Steam. It’s a generous helping of the game with all eight characters playable and up to three hours of play time!

You can download it from the Nintendo eShoP, PlayStation Store and Steam today:

So what can you expect from the prologue demo? Read on and we’ll give you a little preview.


What is OCTOPATH TRAVELER II?

Before we look at the demo though, we should introduce the game for any new fans.

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is a new RPG that lets you choose one of eight characters and set off on an adventure. Once the player has stepped into the protagonist’s shoes, it is up to them whether they simply pursue the goal of their journey or visit different regions to recruit the other characters.

It’s a completely standalone adventure - there’s no need to play the first game to enjoy this one. Of course, if you have, you’ll see how everything great about that game has been refined and improved in this game.

For example, the turn-based Break and Boost combat system returns, with new features like Latent Power attacks to make battles even more tactical and exciting. There’s a new setting to explore, with a day / night cycle that changes locations and the actions available to your heroes, more interactions between protagonists, and many more fantastic features.

And of course, it looks and sounds amazing too. The fantastic HD-2D art style pioneered by the original game has never looked better, and the soundtrack by Yasunori Nishiki is an utter delight.

It releases February 24, 2023, for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4 and PC via Steam!

What’s in the OCTOPATH TRAVELER II prologue demo?

Your first task is to pick your primary protagonist. There are eight wildly different characters in the game, each with their own tales, and you can start with whichever one you like

You can choose between:

  • Hikari the Warrior - the second prince of the nation of Ku who sets off on a journey for his war-torn homeland and its people.
  • Agnea the Dancer - a young Dancer from a small village who sets off on a journey to become a star that brings smiles to the masses.
  • Partitio the Merchant - a man with a scent for commerce who leaves his home to save the world through business.
  • Osvald the Scholar - falsely imprisoned for murder, this scholar sets off on a quest to avenge his wife and daughter.
  • Throné the Thief - a woman from a thieves guild who sets off on a journey to kill the leaders of the organisation, “Father” and “Mother”.
  • Temenos the Cleric - a cleric serving as an inquisitor who sets off on a quest to investigate a tragic incident in his church.
  • Ochette the Hunter - in order to prevent a catastrophe approaching her island, she sets off on a quest to find the three Creatures of Legend.
  • Castti the Apothecary - a healer missing her memory, who sets off on a journey to rediscover her past and identity.

Once you’ve chosen your hero, you can dive into the game and start their adventure. During the demo, which you can play for up to three hours, you’ll get a chance to explore mechanics like Path Actions and experience a supremely satisfying combat system that’s based around storing up actions and exploiting enemy weaknesses.

Once three hours are up, you’ll have to stop playing - but don’t worry, you can start again with a new character if you want to (please note that apart from the autosave, there’s only one save slot in the demo version. You’ll have to overwrite the first slot if you want to start a new journey and save that data).

Regardless, your saved data will carry over to the full game (provided you play on the same platform, obviously), so you’ll be able to continue your adventures from February 24, 2023, when OCTOPATH TRAVELER II launches.

How do I get OCTOPATH TRAVELER II?

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II will be available both physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch, PS5 and PS4, and digitally on PC via Steam.

In addition to the standard edition of the game, a physical Collector’s Edition Set is available to pre-order for Nintendo Switch, PS5 andPS4, exclusively via the Square Enix Store.

This set includes the following items:

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II FULL GAME

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II ART ALBUM - This art book features a collection of package art, world maps, and illustrations depicting eight travelers and their Crossed Path. The pages are specially bound to open flat at 180 degrees, making it very easy to view and appreciate the full-size spreads. The cover has a smooth matte finish with foil stamping giving the book a luxurious feel.

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II –Extended Battle Tracks– - This mini OST includes 24 variations of Extended Battle Tracks, with unique intro melodies for each of the eight protagonists, which play when taking on a strong foe. This is a special CD with song variations not included in the complete soundtrack which will be sold separately.

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II Travelers Bust Set - A set of bust figures depicting the eight travelers, the protagonists of the title. The striking expressions in their respective gazes foreshadow each of their journeys about to begin

Quantities are limited, so order now to avoid disappointment:


We hope you enjoy the demo. There’s not long to wait before the full game is out, so be sure to visit the official website and follow us on social media for news, updates and even more glimpses of the full game.

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II: Meet Ochette the Hunter and Castti the Apothecary

Meet two more heroes from the upcoming RPG and find out what they bring to the party. Plus learn about the game’s new narrative structure!
By Duncan Heaney

It’s 2023 - the year of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II!

There’s not long to wait for the beautiful new RPG - it launches for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam on February 24 - just a few weeks away!

As with our previous OCTOPATH TRAVELER II previews, we wanted to introduce you to a couple of the new potential protagonists - and some new gameplay features. So, let’s do just that.

New travelers: Meet Ochette and Castti

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II features eight new playable characters. Each one comes from a very different walk of life and has their own distinct skills and abilities to use in and out of combat.

Here are just two:

Ochette

  • Voiced by: Suzie Yeung

Your name is Ochette, and you are a hunter. Your tale begins on the isle of Toto'haha alongside your fellow beastlings.

Despite your troubles with the human islanders, you live a carefree life. That is, until you learn of an encroaching calamity known as the Night of the Scarlet Moon.

“All right, Master Juvah. I'll do it. I'll find those Creatures of Legend and bring them back.”

Desperate to save your home, you set sail in search of those who can help...

Some of the characters in Ochette’s tale

As you’d expect, Ochette is surrounded by many interesting characters. However, what may surprise you is that not all are human…

Isle Warden, Juvah

  • Voiced by: Jaimeson Price

Ochette’s master and leader of the beastlings who live on Toto’haha. He hopes she will one day become a protector of the island.

Akalā

  • Voiced by: Daman Mills

A lājackal, radiant in the sun's grace. He acts as both a younger and older brother to Ochette along her journey.

Mahina

  • Voiced by: Cristina Vee

A malamaowl, serene in the grace of the moon. She acts as both a younger and older sister to Ochette along her journey.

Ochette’s tale begins in Toto’haha

Southeastern Solistia is dominated by an ocean dotted by countless islands of all shapes and sizes. The largest of these is Toto'haha, which was first encountered by continental pioneers twenty years ago.

In its western reaches reside the beastlings, a petite people with fluffy tails.

On the east of Toto'haha lies the town of Tropu'hopu, which was established by the first continental pioneers to settle on the island.

The harbor town's proximity to New Delsta caused it to be developed as a resort for the wealthy. In addition, it produces many luxury goods, such as delicious coffee beans, and now serves as an important stop along the trade routes between eastern and western continents.

Ochette’s Path Actions

All the playable characters in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II can use special Path Actions. These are skills that let you interact with NPCs, discover information or items and more.

Characters have two Path Actions - one that they can use during the day, and another for night. Here are Ochette’s:

Daytime: Provoke

Ochette can set a monster on a townsperson and initiate a battle.

Win, and they will be knocked unconscious. But fail too many times and your reputation will suffer, which means you won’t be allowed to use any Path Actions.

Night time: Befriend

This action lets you take a townsperson along on your journey and summon them to help you in battle.

You will need specific items, such as jerky, to befriend someone.

Ochette’s Talents: Capture and Prepare

Ochette can capture monsters and even turn them into items by preparing them.

Her success rates at capturing monsters increase when an enemy's HP is lowered, their weaknesses are exposed, they are afflicted with status ailments, and/or if they are broken.

After defeating a monster, Ochette also has a set chance of automatically capturing it.

Captured monsters can be summoned in battle. Although there is a limit to the number of monsters Ochette can capture, they can be summoned as many times as needed, making them powerful allies. They can also compensate for the elements and skills that Ochette cannot use.

You can prepare captured monsters to turn them into useful items. This can be done at any time on the field, or when you have too many monsters in your party.

Prepared items can be used for recovery, or even to befriend townspeople at night. The stronger the monster, the better the item, and the more powerful the people you can befriend.

Ochette’s Latent Power: Animal Instincts

Each hero in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has a Latent Power, which they can unleash during combat when their gauge is full.

When Ochette’s latent power gauge is full, she can let her inner beast loose and gain access to special skills.

Ochette’s special skills include Beastly Claws, which assails all foes with a powerful physical attack, and Beastly Fangs, which unleashes a highly powerful physical attack on a single enemy.

Animal Instincts’ skills do not consume any SP, making for simple and effective attacks.


Castti Florenz

  • Voiced by: Sarah Wiedenheft

Your name is Castti Florenz, and you are an apothecary. Your tale begins in a port town of the Harborlands.

Discovered adrift at sea, you awoke to the realization that you could not recall your own name. The only clues to your identity are your satchel and skills as an apothecary.

“I need to rediscover who I am. And...there's something else. Something important I'm forgetting...”

Unable to ignore the nagging feeling within you, you embark on a journey to recover what you lost...

A character in Castti’s tale

Since Castti has lost her memories, her connections are shrouded in mystery.

  • Voiced by: Heather Gonzalez

A traveling apothecary who is awestruck by Castti, whose skills persist despite her memory loss. She is moved by Castti’s desire to help the townspeople and decides to lend her a helping hand.

Castti’s adventure begins in the Harborlands

Southern Solistia is home to long tracts of twisting coastline, along which one can find the bustling port of Canalbrine. During the Age of Exploration - roughly a hundred years ago -ships launched from this town's piers would discover the sea routes that led to the eastern continent.

Canalbrine's symbol is its colossal lighthouse, which guides ships from all corners of the world safely into its harbor. Erected roughly twenty years ago by a cadre of engineers who fled the destruction of the U, it boasts a unique design. Special ore was polished to a mirror sheen and fashioned into a reflector plate, and the light it emits can supposedly be seen all the way in New Delsta.

Today, Canalbrine's church is an important launching point for proselytizers and evangelists who come from the eastern continent to spread the teachings of the Sacred Flame.

Castti’s Path Actions

Daytime: Inquire

If Castti’s level is high enough, she can inquire to glean information from townspeople.

Night time: Soothe

Allay a townsperson’s pain, allowing them to sleep.

Castti can use specific items to soothe townspeople, and the necessary item depends on who she is treating.

Castti’s Talent: Concoct

Castti can combine multiple ingredients to make healing and hazardous concoctions. You can boost to increase the number of ingredients and, depending on the compound, might even heal the entire party.

Combine the right ingredients to assail an enemy’s weak points with a hazardous compound and you may be able to easily break them or inflict status ailments.

Castti’s Latent Power: Every Drop Counts

Every Drop Counts allows Castti to concoct without using up any precious materials. At max boost, you can even conserve up to five materials in a single go.

This is a useful power to have when aiding the party in both normal and boss battles.


Crossed Paths: Castti and Ochette

New to OCTOPATH TRAVELER II are Crossed Paths - stories that involve two travelers.

Castti and Ochette arrive in the lively little village of Cropdale, where they hear hunting has been poor lately.

The two then head deep into the woods to investigate...

Different stories have different structures

Each traveler’s tale in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has a different structure. Some have more than one objective, and you are free to choose how you want to proceed. Let’s look at two characters we’ve previously showcased for examples.

For example, Throné, the thief, must decide whether to pursue Mother or Father first.

If opting to pursue Father, Throné will make for the thieves’ town of Winterbloom where her target awaits.

If choosing to pursue Mother, Throné will head to Oresrush to find clues on her target’s whereabouts.

The merchant, Partitio, can head to his next main story objective or follow the Scent of Commerce around the realm.

You never know what treasures you may find during Partitio’s story...


Side Stories

In addition to the eight traveler’s main stories, there are various side stories to discover. Some problems have more than one solution, so utilize your Path Actions to help resolve the townspeople’s troubles.

A merchant is at a loss when her horses suddenly go missing. Is there a way to help her before she must close her doors for good...?

You can find the thief and Challenge him to a duel or Ambush him to get the horses back. Or...

You can Allure or Guide a shorthanded rancher and introduce him to the merchant to help her find new employ.


Game Speed

In OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, you can fast-forward event scenes and the automatic text speed at the touch of a button. You can also adjust the speed during battle, allowing you to enjoy the game at your preferred tempo.

We hope you enjoyed this latest preview of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II. The game is available to preorder now for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam:

A physical Collector’s Edition Set is available to preorder for PS5, PS4 and Switch, exclusively via the Square Enix Store.

This set includes the following items:

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II FULL GAME

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II ART ALBUM - This art book features a collection of package art, world maps, and illustrations depicting eight travelers and their Crossed Path. The pages are specially bound to open flat at 180 degrees, making it very easy to view and appreciate the full-size spreads. The cover has a smooth matte finish with foil stamping giving the book a luxurious feel.

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II –Extended Battle Tracks– - This mini OST includes 24 variations of Extended Battle Tracks, with unique intro melodies for each of the eight protagonists, which play when taking on a strong foe. This is a special CD with song variations not included in the complete soundtrack which will be sold separately.

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II Travelers Bust Set - A set of bust figures depicting the eight travelers, the protagonists of the title. The striking expressions in their respective gazes foreshadow each of their journeys about to begin.

Supplies are limited so preorder now to avoid disappointment:

To stay up to date with news and information about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II and other Square Enix games, be sure to follow us on social media:

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II: Meet Throné the thief and Temenos the cleric

We introduce two more of the upcoming RPGs playable characters… and take a look at how secondary jobs can blow out your options in combat!
By Duncan Heaney

It’s time for another look at OCTOPATH TRAVELER II!

For those just joining us, this upcoming RPG is set in the beautiful world of Solistia. It’s a vast land, comprised of an eastern and western continent divided by the sea. It’s a bustling era, as traders cross the sea on large vessels and the power of steam births new technologies.

The game focuses on eight playable protagonists, who hail from all across this beautiful land. Each one comes from a different walk of life, and each has their own distinct motivations, personalities and skillsets.

Previously, we introduced the merchant Partitio and the Scholar Osvald. Now we have two very different characters to show you…

New travelers: Meet Throné and Temenos

Throné Anguis

  • Voiced by: Erica Mendez

Your name is Throné Anguis, and you are a thief. Your tale begins in a thrilling city in the Brightlands.

You are a member of the Blacksnakes, a thieves guild that controls the city from the shadows. Your job is to steal...and clean.

"Not again... Not this stench. Every time I breathe it in, it feels as though my very lungs are rotting... The stench of blood.“

Determined to escape the cycle of bloodshed, you embark on a journey for the keys to your freedom...

Some of the characters in Throné’s tale

In Throné’s adventure, you’ll encounter many fascinating characters, including:

Father

Father is one of the leaders of the Blacksnakes, and a first-rate assassin who oversees the guild’s jobs. He taught Throné the art of assassination when she was young.

Mother

  • Voiced by: Meli Grant

The other leader of the Blacksnakes values order and discipline above all. She manages the guild’s members and mercilessly punishes those who fail her.

Pirro

  • Voiced by: Sean Chiplock

Pirro is a member of the Blacksnakes. Though somewhat resigned to his life in the guild, he also dreams of rising through the ranks and earning his freedom.

Scaracci

Scaracci is another member of the Blacksnakes. He puts on a bold front, but secretly fears being punished by the guild.

Throné’s adventure begins in the Brightlands

Eastern Solistia is an urban region home to the continent‘s largest city. Blessed by warm sunshine and a pleasant climate, it soon became known as the Brightlands.

Agricultural abundance caused the region to flourish, and people flocked here in droves. Wealth soon followed, and development soon after. Before long, buildings like theaters and game parlors were erected to entertain the ever-growing crowds, and now the light of civilization shines as bright as the sun does overhead.

At the center of all of this lies the Brightlands’ beating heart: New Delsta.

In the east of these lands is Clockbank, an industrial center that has prospered ever since the Age of Discovery.

Throné’s Path Actions

Each playable character in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has special Path Actions. These are skills that you can use to interact with NPCs, uncover valuable items and much more.

Each hero has two Path Actions - one that they can use during the day, and one for night. Let’s take a look at Throné’s:

Daytime: Steal

Steal townspeople’s belongings (with a given probability). Fail, and your reputation will suffer.

Night time: Ambush

If Throné’s level is high enough, she can knock someone unconscious.

This will allow you to move forward when someone is blocking your path.

Throné’s talent: Blessing of Darkness

Blessing of Darkness automatically triggers at the start of battles at night.

This raises the physical attack, elemental attack, and speed of all allies, allowing your party to immediately go on the offensive.

Throné’s Latent Power: Leave No Trace

Each playable hero in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has a Latent Power, which they can use in battle when their gauge is full.

Throné’s latent power allows her to act twice in a row, giving her an extra edge in battle.

The choice is yours on how best to use the two actions. You can go on the offensive, heal, and more.


Temenos Mistral

  • Voiced by: Jordan Dash Cruz

Your name is Temenos Mistral, and you are a cleric. Your tale begins in the mountainous region of the Crestlands.

Though easygoing in your duties as Inquisitor, that all changes the day a tragic incident takes place in the church.

"Oh dear... I suppose it can't be helped. After all, doubt is what I do.“

Sensing that there is much more to the incident than meets the eye, you set out to solve the mystery left in its wake...

Some of the characters in Temenos’s tale

Here are some of the characters you’ll meet during Temenos’s adventures:

Pontiff Jörg

  • Voiced by: Jay Preston

Pontiff Jörg is the most prominent member of the Order of the Sacred Flame, respected by all the townspeople. He trusts Temenos and has appointed him Inquisitor.

Crick

  • Voiced by: Stephen Fu

Crick is a newly anointed Sanctum Knight. He meets Temenos after being tasked with guarding the cathedral, and together they investigate the strange incident within.

Temenos’s adventure begins in The Crestlands

Northeast Solistia is a land of mountains and hills.

Perched high atop one stony peak rises Aelfric Cathedral, the center of the Sacred Flame faith. Adherents of this religion's tenets have worshipped the Sacred Flame that the cathedral houses since time immemorial.

Even through the bitterly cold winter a century previous, the flame continued to warm the hearts and souls of all who visited. In both name and spirit, the Sacred Flame and its church are the divine lords of this land.

At the base of the cathedral lies the small town of Flamechurch. Though its population is small, the townsfolk make a good living providing for the crowds of pilgrims who travel here to visit the cathedral.

Temenos’s Path Actions

Daytime: Guide

If Temenos’s level is high enough, he can Guide someone to lead them around - and even summon them to aid him in battle.

Night time: Coerce

This Path Action lets you force information out of someone by breaking them in battle.

Lower your foe’s Shield Points to 0 to break them and obtain the information you seek. You won’t need to defeat your target, so focus on exploiting their weak points!

Temenos’s Talent: Moonlight Judgment

Moonlight Judgment automatically triggers at the start of battles at night. This blinds foes, which lowers their accuracy and safeguards your party from oncoming attacks. It also decreases foes’ physical and elemental defense, giving you the upper hand.

Temenos’s Latent Power: Judgment

When Temenos’s power gauge is full, he can use Judgement.

On the turn Judgment is activated, all of Temenos’s attacks will lower enemy Shield Points. Combine this with boosted attacks or multiple-hit skills and he can break an enemy in a single turn.


Secondary jobs

Each traveler sets out with a primary job - for example, Thief and Cleric as above. However, they can combine this with a secondary job in battle as their journey progresses.

Changing your secondary job also changes the weapons and skills at your disposal. For example, the Dancer job can use daggers, but equip them with Warrior as their secondary job and then they can also use swords and polearms!

The more weapons you can use, the easier it will be to break an opponent. This will also drastically increase your power on the battlefield.

Obtaining secondary jobs

You can obtain licenses at various guilds throughout the world for basic jobs like Warrior and Dancer. Fulfill the guilds’ requests and you can obtain up to three licenses, allowing multiple travelers to use the same secondary job.

Some guilds operate openly in towns, while others are hidden away. Search every corner of the world to find them all.

Special jobs require a unique item known as “proof” to be used in battle. Only a single traveler can use one of these powerful jobs at a time, so choose wisely.


Support Skills

Learn job skills to unlock support skills. Each traveler can equip up to four of these valuable skills, which trigger automatically.

The support skills you can learn differs by secondary job. Learn all the job skills you can to unlock them all.

Combine different jobs’ support skills, like Summon Strength and Eagle Eye, to further strengthen your travelers.

Some support skills can be used outside of battle, like Evasive Maneuvers and Vigorous Victor.


Cross Paths: Throné and Temenos

In OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, you can experience Crossed Paths - stories involving two travelers.

Throné and Temenos return to Flamechurch.

Throné recalls a rumor she heard of a treasure inside the cathedral and asks Temenos if he would like to do a little investigating...


We hope you enjoyed this next preview of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II. The game releases on February 24, 2023 physically and digitally for PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, as well as digitally on Steam.

On that note, we have some exciting news:

Nintendo Switch digital preorders will be live today!

Yes, OCTOPATH TRAVELER II will be available to pre-order today (or even right now depending on when you're reading this) on Nintendo eShop. Pre-order to receive Travel Provisions, a bonus pack including items to help you on your journey.

The game is also available to preorder now for PS5 and PS4:

A physical Collector’s Edition Set is available to preorder for PS5, PS4 and Switch, exclusively via the Square Enix Store.

This set includes the following items:

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II FULL GAME

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II ART ALBUM - This art book features a collection of package art, world maps, and illustrations depicting eight travelers and their Crossed Path. The pages are specially bound to open flat at 180 degrees, making it very easy to view and appreciate the full-size spreads. The cover has a smooth matte finish with foil stamping giving the book a luxurious feel.

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II –Extended Battle Tracks– - This mini OST includes 24 variations of Extended Battle Tracks, with unique intro melodies for each of the eight protagonists, which play when taking on a strong foe. This is a special CD with song variations not included in the complete soundtrack which will be sold separately.

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II Travelers Bust Set - A set of bust figures depicting the eight travelers, the protagonists of the title. The striking expressions in their respective gazes foreshadow each of their journeys about to begin.

Supplies are limited so preorder now to avoid disappointment:

We’ll have more to share about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II in 2023, so make sure you bookmark the blog and follow us on social media for news and updates!

9 of the best fighters and warriors in Square Enix games

Blade in hand, they dive into the heart of battle. Let’s celebrate some of our favorite fighters, warriors and generally awesome sword-swingers!
By Duncan Heaney

Warriors and fighters are a mainstay of any RPG. Sword in hand, these brave combatants dive into the heart of the action, relying largely on strength and skill with the blade to see them through.

We wanted to highlight some of these remarkable warriors of all types across our games.

But let’s be honest - this is a role that can be somewhat blurred - while some characters slot perfectly into the ‘fighter’ archetype, others have abilities that go beyond the blade. The important thing is that they all primarily rely on their weapons and their skills to win the day.


Squall - FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

The introspective Squall has trouble sharing his thoughts with others, but when he’s on the battlefield, you know exactly what he’s feeling. Most of the time it’s: “I’m going to hit you very hard with this gunblade”.

Squall has his fair share of flaws - he’s uncommunicative, reluctant to assume responsibility and wastes far too much time playing Triple Triad (although that may be just when we’re in control). Even so, he has an inner strength that draws people towards him - his friends know he’s someone they can rely on, even if he doesn’t.

Of course, his outer strength is pretty impressive too. He’s one of the few people able to wield a gunblade - a powerful weapon that lets him augment his strikes with a powerful blast for a little extra kick.

All said, we consider him among the greatest warriors in all of gaming. And if you don’t agree… whatever.


Beatrix - FINAL FANTASY IX

This Alexandrian knight is proud, brave and utterly loyal to Alexandria. Unfortunately for her, this loyalty is easily manipulated and she’s responsible for some truly heinous acts in the name of the queen.

However, we’re not here to judge her decision-making, which is… let’s say ‘mixed’ (destroying Burmecia: bad choice, opening her heart to Steiner: great choice), we’re celebrating her skills as a warrior. In this respect, she’s unmatched.

You face off against Beatrix multiple times in FINAL FANTASY IX and each time she destroys your group without breaking a sweat. She’s someone you quickly learn to fear and respect, so when she joins the party for a short time during a certain event, it’s a real thrill.


Ardbert - FINAL FANTASY XIV Online

While some embrace the role of the villain, others have it thrust upon them. So it is with Ardbert, the Warrior of Darkness.

This powerful fighter is regularly at odds with the Warrior of Light. Ardbert first appears after the events of Heavensward to threaten both Hydaelyn and its greatest champions. He’s a constant threat who is brash, angry, and utterly loathes the very concept of “heroes.”

While his methods may be dangerous, his motivations are pure, as his singular focus is on saving his home. Over the course of the story, you begin to understand the rage and regret that drives him and even sympathise with his plight. He doesn’t want to be a monster - he just doesn’t see any other path.

He’s a truly compelling character in a game full of them and one of the most memorable warriors in the series.


2B - NieR:Automata

2B or not 2B? That is the question - because her fellow Android A2 is equally deserving of recognition as a warrior.

But with NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition currently winning new fans on Nintendo Switch, it seems most appropriate to avoid spoilers and focus on the character you play as at the start of the adventure. And also because 2B is a formidable fighter.

As a member of the android military unit YoRHa, 2B is more than trained for combat: she’s designed for it. Her speed and agility, as well as her ability to wield multiple weapons, means she’s capable of taking on enemies that tower many meters above her. And often do.

She approaches each battle with focus and a no-nonsense attitude - but she has an emotional side too. It’s just a shame that the story of NieR:Automata means you don’t get to see it, right?

…shh! Spoilers!


Hikari - OCTOPATH TRAVELER II

You haven’t been properly introduced to Hikari yet - OCTOPATH TRAVELER II isn’t out until February 24, 2023.

But you should be excited because he’s one of the best warrior-type characters you’ll meet next year. Hikari is the younger prince of Ku - a nation that seems to always be at war. This kind-hearted fighter worries greatly about his nations’ people, who suffer greatly due to the endless conflict.

Despite his formidable skills as a fighter, he prays for a world without conflict, and sets off on a journey to try and bring peace to his nation.

So why’s he in this list? Is he a tantalizing tease of what’s to come? A display of confidence in a character we know you’ll adore? A shameless reminder to preorder OCTOPATH TRAVELER II? All of the above?

We’ll let you decide that for yourselves but take it from us: Hikari absolutely deserves his spot. We can’t wait for you to find out why.


Jack - STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN

Jack can do it all. Whether he’s a diving dragoon, tricksy thief or a punchy pugilist, the protagonist of STRANGE OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN excels at any job you equip him with.

He starts his journey, however, as a Swordsman - and when it comes to carving up foes, he’s one of the best in the biz. Whether he’s going to toe-to-tentacle with a Malboro, or facing off against one of the Four Fiends themselves, a greatsword is all he needs to come out on top.

And what greatswords they are! STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN is full of beautiful gear, but these massive blades are particularly impressive - so much so that we commissioned prop-maker LittleJem to bring one to life!

We’ve said it over and over again by this point, but grouchy Mr. Garland really is a Jack of all trades… and definitely a master when it comes to the sword!


The Valkyrie - VALKYRIE ELYSIUM

The protagonist in Valkyrie Elysium was created by Odin to purify souls.

How does she do that? By beating the ever-loving daylights out of them of course!

Many of the darker souls left in the desolate ruins of Midgard manifest as undead, meaning they have to be defeated to be saved. Of course, the Valkyrie is more than up to the task - she was literally made for this.

She’s able to use multiple weapons, from different types of swords to spears, access Divine Arts to purify foes, summon Einherjar - spirits of fallen warriors - to help her in battle and more. Few fighters in action RPGs have so many options available to them in how they approach a battle.

Combined with her speed and agility, it all makes the Valkyrie a force to be reckoned with - few action RPG heroes are as fun and flexible to control as her!


Zack - CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION

“What the…?!” I hear you gasp? “Not Cloud Strife?”

Look - blondie definitely deserves to make this list, but with CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION coming on December 13, it’s only right that Zack gets his time in the spotlight.

He’s more than worthy of it too. Zack is a skilled fighter who wields the iconic Buster Sword as much skill and style as any of its other owners. Whether he’s facing off against Wutai ninjas, mechanical monstrosities, or Summons like Ifrit, his speed and strength give him the edge he needs to triumph. He’s one of the few people to have beaten multiple 1st Class SOLDIER operatives...

But the size of the Buster Sword pales in comparison to the size of Zack’s heart. He’s a generous soul who believes in his friends and will do anything to protect them. He may start CRISIS CORE as SOLDIER 2nd Class, but he’ll always be 1st Class in our hearts.

Who needs Cloud, eh?


Cloud - FINAL FANTASY VII / FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE

…oh alright, he’s equally awesome, so here he is. You can stop typing that Tweet now.


Those were just a few of our picks for our favorite fighters, but it’s barely scratching the surface of all the amazing characters out there. It’s a highly contested field - there are so many amazing warriors that everyone is sure to have their own favorite.

So let us know who you’d pick. Share your thoughts on social media - maybe we’ll do a follow-up that highlights your picks later!

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II: Meet Partitio the merchant and Osvald the scholar

In this new preview of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, we introduce two new characters, and how they can get around the world of Solistia.
By Duncan Heaney

We know many of you are excited about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II - so here’s a new look at the game!

Don’t be fooled by the ‘II’ - this new RPG is a completely standalone adventure, with a whole new world full of secrets, eight new travelers each with their own tales, a fast-paced and strategic turn-based battle system and more.

Today, we’re tell you a little about that world, and how to get around it. Plus we’ll introduce you to two of the eight potential protagonists: Partitio and Osvald!


The world of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II

The story takes place in Solistia, a land comprising an eastern and western continent divided by the sea.

It is a bustling era, wherein large vessels navigate busy sea routes and the power of steam gives birth to new technologies.

Some people thrill to glamorous stars of the stage and industry, while others are brought to tears by war, plague, and poverty.

In this faraway realm, eight travelers hailing from different regions venture forth for their own reasons.

Step into their shoes and explore the land as you see fit.


New travelers: Meet Partitio and Osvald

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II lets you step into the shoes of eight new characters. Today, we’ll share a look at two of them: the merchant Partitio and the scholar Osvald.

Partitio Yellowil

Your name is Partitio Yellowil, and you are a merchant. Your tale begins in the vast wastes of the Wildlands.

After witnessing the rise and fall of the pioneer town you call home, you set your gaze upon the horizon.

"I'll be back once I eliminate that devil called poverty from the world!"

With dreams of bringing prosperity to all, you embark on a journey with only the scent of commerce to guide you...

Some of the characters in Partitio’s tale

Along your journey as Partitio, you’ll encounter many memorable characters, including:

Papp

Partitio’s father, and the man who taught him all he knows about commerce. He came to this barren land 16 years ago and helped build Oresrush from the ground up.

Roque

Papp’s business partner. He and Papp purchased a promising plot of land, anticipating it would be rich in silver. It has since bloomed into the town of Oresrush. Partitio admires him for being a pioneer in business.

Ori

A scrivener for the Delsta Times who travels the world looking for the latest scoop. Partitio’s actions have caught her eye, and she seemingly appears out of thin air to get all the juicy details.

Partitio’s journey begins in the Wildlands

Northwest Solistia is a barren wasteland - a blasted expanse of volcanic rock that resists even the loneliest blade of grass. The few brave souls who eke out their existence here have long suffered the sulfuric whims of Fiatsuro and its unstable neighbors.

But life always finds a way. Among the rock and stone dwell the golt, an unusually large breed of goat who subsist on a meager fare of local weed. The cheese produced from their milk is especially scrumptious and has become a local specialty.

The volcanic soil conceals a wealth of valuable minerals. Many small mining towns have sprung up here, including the southern town of Oresrush, established by silver merchants Papp and Roque.

Partitio’s Path Actions

Every character in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has special Path Actions - skills that you can use outside of battle to interact with NPCs, uncover valuable items and more. Each hero has two Path Actions - one they can use in the day, and one for night.

Let’s take a look at Partitio’s:

Daytime: Purchase

Obtain items from people. You must have enough money to purchase their belongings.

The more valuable the item, the higher the price. Put your business prowess to the test!

Night time: Hire

Bring people along on your journey. You must have enough money to hire someone.

Hired helpers can be summoned during battle to provide aid.

Different people provide different benefits. Use your funds wisely to hire a variety of helpers.

Partitio’s talent: Business Partners

Depending on who you have hired, you might receive benefits in business and battle.

You could be granted a discount when shopping, receive more leaves when selling items, pay less when using certain skills in battle, and more.

Some partners can negotiate a discount when purchasing. Others give you a chance to get items for free...

Merchants can use Hired Help to summon mercenaries into battle. Your partner may be able to lower the mercenary’s cost.

Partitio’s Latent Power: Hoot and Holler

Each hero also has a Latent Power, which they can draw on in battle when their gauge is full.

Partitio’s latent power can replenish all BP in an instant, whether at the onset of battle or immediately after exhausting all points.

Use BP however you see fit. The merchant ability Donate BP also allows you to grant BP to allies.


Osvald V. Vanstein

Your name is Osvald V. Vanstein, and you are a scholar. Your tale begins in the snowswept reaches of the Winterlands.

You have been sentenced to life in prison for murdering your wife and daughter and have since spent 1,879 days locked within a frigid cell.

"Harvey - the man who took everything from me - shall die by my hand. I swear it."

Not even the bitter cold can extinguish the raging fire in your breast. And so you set out to exact your revenge...

Some of the characters in Osvald’s tale

Here are some of the people you’ll meet during Osvald’s adventure:

Harvey

A scholar of magic who is on par with Osvald. He continues his research into the seventh source of magic, which differs from the six known elements of fire, ice, lightning, wind, light, and darkness.

Emerald

A fellow prisoner of Osvald’s on Frigit Isle. He leverages his knowledge as an informant to help Osvald escape.

Lady Clarissa

Osvald’s research assistant. She believes that Osvald is innocent and watches over his study in his absence.

Osvald’s story beings in the Winterlands

Northern Solistia is a frozen place of snow and ice. Its capital is Stormhail, a mountainous city that houses the Sacred Guard. Established roughly 380 years ago, the Sacred Guard was the brainchild of Archbishop Kinchler.

After the cold snap that assailed the eastern continent in the previous century, the order established its headquarters here. To this day, this holy organization's mission remains unchanged: to uphold law and order across the continent.

Travel towards the coast, and you will find the fishing town of Cape Cold. Great hauls of salmon, trout, mackerel, squid, and more are brought in almost daily. In addition, many who dwell here work in agriculture or textiles, and lately, a hardy species of cold-resistant barley has caused quite a stir.

Osvald’s Path Actions

Daytime: Scrutinize

Glean information from people (with a given probability). Fail, and your reputation in town will suffer.

You won’t be able to use Path Actions if your reputation suffers. Raise Osvald’s level to increase his chances of success

Night time: Mug

Obtain items from people. You must best them in battle to get the spoils you seek.

Mug someone to commence the battle. Emerge victorious, and you can take all their belongings.

Talent: Study Foe

Osvald can gain insight into one of a foe’s weak points at the start of battle.

Osvald will automatically use Study Foe when the battle begins. Knowing an enemy’s weakness is invaluable when strategizing.

Utilize scholarly spells to exploit enemy weaknesses and break foes.

Latent Power: Concentrate Spells

When his latent power gauge is full, Osvald can focus spells that usually target all foes onto a single target with increased potency.

Many of Osvald’s magic skills target all foes. His latent power allows you to deal heavy damage to bosses and other powerful enemies.

Travel on the Water

With those character introductions out of the way, we’ll take a look at some new exploration and traversal features coming in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II!

In this instalment of the series, you can board canoes to explore like never before. Traverse both land and sea to venture to every corner of the realm.

You can board a canoe to explore towns, dungeons, and more. What treasures await on the realm’s isolated isles?

Enjoy the nautical journey, but beware of enemies lurking beneath the water’s surface...


A vessel all your own

Advance through the story, and you can obtain your own nautical vessel! Use it to journey between continents, or chart your own course out to sea and disembark on unexplored islands. The world is yours to explore.

You can choose your vessel’s color and sail emblem.

There are places only your vessel can reach, like mysterious islands and sunken ships.

Crossed Paths: Osvald and Partitio

In OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, you can experience Crossed Paths - stories involving two travelers.

Osvald and Partitio come across a man who has collapsed on the street. He turns out to be an old friend of Osvald’s and an astronomer. Intrigued by his story, the two eventually find themselves embroiled in his troubles...

We hope you enjoyed this latest preview of OCTOPATH TRAVELER II. The game releases physically and digitally on February 24, 2023, for PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch and digitally on Steam.

A physical Collector’s Edition Set is available to preorder for PS5, PS4 and Switch, exclusively via the Square Enix Store.

This set includes the following items:

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II Standard Edition Game
  • Bust figurines of the eight protagonists
  • Art book (44 pages)
  • Extended battle tracks CD

Supplies are limited so preorder now to avoid disappointment:

We’ll have more to share about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II in the coming months, so make sure you bookmark the blog and follow us on social media for news and updates!

Everything announced by Square Enix in the 13 September, 2022 Nintendo Direct

VARIOUS DAYLIFE’s surprise release! OCTOPATH TRAVELER II announcement! The return of THEATRHYTHM! A HARVESTELLA demo! New CRISIS CORE information! See all the big reveals here.
By Duncan Heaney
CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REMAKE art

If you were watching the latest Nintendo Direct, you may have seen we made a few announcements. Actually, it was more than a few - we revealed a lot of exciting information about new and upcoming games!

We showcased the next entry in the OCTOPATH TRAVELER series, unveiled the marvelously musical THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE, launched a brand new demo for HARVESTELLA, unleashed new information about CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION and more!

Oh, and we also released a game - VARIOUS DAYLIFE is out now!

But enough preamble - there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it:


OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has been announced!

CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REMAKE art

The series that pioneered HD-2D is back!

Set for release on February 24, 2023, OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is a brand-new standalone entry in the series that will release February 24, 2023 for PS5, PS4, Switch and Steam.

You choose one of eight completely new characters and set off on an adventure. Along the way, you’ll meet the other seven characters, and maybe even join them on their own adventures too!

With no connection to the previous game, all players - even those who haven’t played an OCTOPATH TRAVELER title before, can enjoy the charming stories, strategic combat and stunning visuals that make that HD-2D style even more eye-catching than ever!

CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REMAKE art

The game is set in the vibrant world of Solistia, which comprises of an eastern and western continent divided by the sea. It’s a bustling era - large vessels navigate busy sea routes and the power of steam gives birth to new technologies. Some people are thrilled by the glamorous stars of the stage, while others are brought to tears by war, plague, and poverty.

Eight travelers from different regions in this diverse world set out on journeys for their own reasons. You’ll take control of this awesome octet and explore the land as you see fit, taking advantage of each hero’s unique talents along the way.

Everything that was great about the original game is back, including the Break and Boost system that makes every battle an exhilarating test of strategy - and of course, there are plenty of new features, too. Yes - that does include more interactions between party members.

To learn more about the game, check out the full blog:


THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE will put a song in your heart!

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Another classic series is making a return with THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE - arriving for PS4 and Switch on February 16, 2023!

This toe-tapping new game celebrates 35 years of amazing FINAL FANTASY music through fast-paced, endlessly replayable rhythm-action gameplay. The standard game features a massive 385 tracks from across the series, including FINAL FANTASY I through FINAL FANTASY XV, spin-offs and more!

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What’s more, the Digital Deluxe and Premium Digital Deluxe Editions and post-launch DLC will include music from additional SQUARE ENIX series, including the NieR series, SaGa series, LIVE A LIVE, OCTOPATH TRAVELER and more!

We don’t want to blow our own trumpet, but we’re pretty excited about this one! You can find out much more about the game modes, characters, track list and more in our dedicated blog:


VARIOUS DAYLIFE… is out TODAY!

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Surprise! VARIOUS DAYLIFE is coming to Nintendo Switch and Steam today… and PS4 very soon (September 15, 23:00 PDT in the US and September 16, 07:00 GMT in the UK).

Developed by the insanely talented team that brought you OCTOPATH TRAVELER, BRAVELY DEFAULT and TRIANGLE STRATEGY, this game is a distinctly different kind of RPG.

You play as a new arrival on a vast, largely unexplored continent. You’ll take on various types of work to help build your character, and head out on dangerous expeditions to explore new parts of the continent and collect vital resources to expand your settlement.

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Unlike traditional RPGs, you don’t gain strength through battle, but instead by taking on jobs around town. Be it physical labor, secretary work or waiting tables, all the work you do makes you more capable of surviving your journeys into uncharted territory. Although you’ll still have to deal with the elements, hunger, and a few nasty surprises…

To find out more about the game, check out our full blog:

VARIOUS DAYLIFE releases today for Switch and Steam and September 15, 23:00 PDT / September 16, 7:00 GMT for PS4! Purchase the game before October 17, 2022 to get a digital artbook as an early purchase reward!

You can also get the game as part of a bundle with the TRIANGLE STRATEGY Digital Deluxe Edition on Steam. This will give you a 29% discount and the acclaimed strategy RPG when it launches on October 14, 2022!


A free HARVESTELLA demo is available today on Switch!

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Over the past few months, we’ve shown you all kinds of things about this brand-new life simulation RPG, from farming and cooking and making new friends, to battling monsters with the flexible job system!

But the best way to get the measure of this fantastic new adventure is to try it yourself! A free downloadable demo for HARVESTELLA is available today on Nintendo Switch. You’ll get to see how this adventure begins, learn about Quietus - the season of death - and enjoy a variety of gameplay, including tending to crops, socialising with townsfolk and adventuring in dangerous monster-filled dungeons.

Best of all, your progress will carry over to the full game when it releases physically and digitally on November 4, 2022!


New information about CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION

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You knew that the beloved Zack ‘The Puppy’ Fair was returning this Winter… and now you know when!

We’re excited to reveal that CRISIS CORE –FINAL FANTASY VII– REUNION launches for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam on December 13, 2022!

Not only is there a brand new trailer for the game, we just released a host of lovely new screenshots and awesome information about the game’s characters and battle system, which you can read right here:


The Life is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection is coming to Switch!

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Two of the greatest narrative experiences in gaming are coming to Nintendo Switch on September 27, 2022!

The Life is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection includes two award winning games: Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

These two titles have been optimized specifically for Switch, and feature improved character models, reworked lighting and more. The original Life is Strange has also been remastered with full facial capture, making it even more engaging (and emotional) than ever before!

The game is available to preorder now:

For more information, check out our blog:


Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered has a release date!

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We’re happy to reveal that Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered is coming to PS5, PS4, Switch, Steam, iOS and Android on… (drum roll please…) December 1, 2022!

This new HD version of the legendary Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song (or just ‘Romancing SaGa’ in North America) features a host of improvements, including remastered HD graphics, additional features, refined gameplay and a host of quality of life features that make it even more fun to play.

With the Free-form Scenario System, which lets you experience the story differently depending on how you play, the unique ‘Glimmer’ and ‘Combo’ systems that let characters learn awesome abilities in the heat of battle, and a sublime soundtrack by Composer Kenji Ito, it’s the perfect game to warm your heart this Winter!


As you can see, there’s a LOT of Square Enix goodness to get excited about - right now and in the coming months!

We’ll have more to share about these games in the future, so make sure you follow Square Enix on social media for news and updates!

And that’s all from us for now. Why are you still reading this - go play VARIOUS DAYLIFE or HARVESTELLA!

8 things you need to know about OCTOPATH TRAVELER II

The new HD-2D RPG is set for release on PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam on February 24, 2023! Learn all about what to expect here:
By Duncan Heaney

Yes, it’s true: OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has been officially announced!

The standalone HD-2D RPG launches February 24, 2023 for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam. In case you missed the big reveal, check out the trailer:

The new game refines everything that was great about the original OCTOPATH TRAVELER, and builds on it with new characters, new abilities and more. OCTOPATH TRAVELER II has plenty to enjoy for fans of the series’ first installment, but tells a completely new story, set in a different era and a brand new land, making it perfect for newcomers, too.

There’s a lot to talk about, so here are eight things you need to know about the game:

1. It features eight new travelers, each with their own stories

In OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, you choose one of eight characters and set off on an adventure. Along the way, you’ll meet the other seven characters, and maybe even join them on their own adventures!

The new playable characters in this game are:

  • Hikari - a Warrior
  • Agnea - a Dancer
  • Partitio - a Merchant
  • Osvald - a Scholar
  • Throné - a Thief
  • Temenos - a Cleric
  • Ochette - a Hunter
  • Castti - an Apothecary

All these characters come from different walks of life, making for a particularly varied and interesting group of heroes. They’re also equipped with their own unique path actions that can be used in and out of battle, making each one feel completely unique!

2. It’s set in a fascinating world with a day / night cycle

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is set in the world of Solistia - a vibrant setting that’s comprised of Eastern and Western continents divided by the sea.

It’s a time of trade and industrial revolution - large vessels navigate busy sea routes, and the power of steam has given birth to new technologies. Some people live in luxury, cheering to the glamorous stars of the stage. Others struggle each day, brought to tears by war, plague and poverty.

Over the course of the game, you’ll be able to traverse each area of this diverse world, uncovering the secrets and stories hidden throughout. You’ll be able to do this at all times of the day too, as Solistia has a full day / night cycle.

The places you visit and what you can do there will change depending on whether it’s day or night, which creates even more opportunities for exploration and discovery!

3. It’s a completely standalone game

If you’re wondering whether you need to have played the original OCTOPATH TRAVELER to enjoy this follow-up, the answer is: no you don’t.

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II is a completely standalone game - the world is unique, the characters are brand new, and their stories are told entirely within this game. If you’ve never played an OCTOPATH TRAVELER game before, you can jump straight into this one and enjoy the eight-fold adventures!

But if you have played the previous game, you’ll feel immediately at home. You’ll notice how every element of that game has been enhanced, with more exciting battles, richer storytelling, and a massive new world that’s full of secrets to discover.

4. Characters have multiple Path Actions

Path Actions are special commands that let you interact with NPCs in various ways. In the original OCTOPATH TRAVELER, each playable protagonist had access to a single Path Action, but in OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, they can use two - one during the day, and one at night!

For example, as the warrior Hikari, you can challenge people in towns to a duel during daytime, and potentially learn new skills. But at night, you can bribe residents, splashing the cash to uncover hidden items or learn secrets about people.

Every character has their own Path Actions, but we’ll let you learn what they are (and how to best use them) for yourselves…

5. The Break and Boost battle system is back!

The Break and Boost system that made battles so strategic in OCTOPATH TRAVELER returns for the new game.

Each turn, you accumulate BP (Boost Points). You can then then use them to augment actions.

BP can increase the number of attacks dealt, the damage inflicted, the duration of support effects, the potency of healing skills, and more. You’ll have to choose wisely whether to use them for offense or defense.

With these mechanics, every battle is a satisfying challenge that asks the player to think tactically about their approach.

6. Latent Power adds a new layer to combat

As you’d expect, the Break and Boost system has been refined from the original to be even more exciting, but combat has some additional elements too, such as Latent Power!

During battle, a new gauge fills up as you take damage and break foes. Once full, the character can unleash a powerful - and gloriously flashy - new ability!

These can be game changers in a fight, particularly against the brutal bosses, and add another strategic layer to this multi-layered combat system.

7. Characters interact more, and share additional stories

One of the most common requests from players of OCTOPATH TRAVELER was that they wanted to see the different protagonists interact with each other more. Consider that feedback well and truly received!

In OCTOPATH TRAVELER II, there are more interactions between the different members of the group. Additional stories will unfold between the protagonists as their journey progresses, deepening the characters and their relationships.

8. The HD-2D art style has evolved!

The OCTOPATH TRAVELER series pioneered the HD-2D art-style, and OCTOPATH TRAVELER II takes it to a whole new level!

Environments are more detailed, with more varied camera angles. Character sprites are more varied, with even more animations to get their emotions across. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

But you don’t need us to explain it to you - just look at the trailer and the screenshots on this page and you’ll understand how beautiful the game truly is!

OCTOPATH TRAVELER II releases physically and digitally on February 24, 2023 for PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch and digitally on Steam.

A physical Collector’s Edition Set is available to preorder for PS5, PS4 and Switch, exclusively via the Square Enix Store.

This set includes the following items:

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER II Standard Edition Game
  • Bust figurines of the eight protagonists
  • Art book (44 pages)
  • Extended battle tracks CD

Supplies are limited so preorder now to avoid disappointment:


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