Octopath Traveler hooked us back in September. Who wouldn’t be excited about a new JRPG from the Square Enix? The latest Nintendo Direct just dropped a boatload of exciting information on eager fans.
The biggest news is, of course, its July 13 release date, for the Nintendo Switch. But the Direct also let us take a look at a two new characters. Tressa is a merchant who has a special ability which allows her to acquire new items from NPCs, and Alfyn is an apothecary who seems to have special people skills: he has the ability to inquire and gain more information from NPCs than the other player characters can. Altogether there will be eight characters will eight unique special abilities, hence the “octo” in the title (though Octopath Traveler is still referred to as just a working title).
The Direct video also went into some detail about the game’s job systems, which seems to draw inspiration from Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer, two other titles in Square Enix’s expansive library. Players will be able to give characters job classes, and indeed, assign them secondary classes which can be changed at times. Job classes will affect gameplay in combat; two combined job classes will create even more interesting combos.
Another interesting announcement for those who have their eyes on collectibles was the game’s special edition, or the “Wayfarer’s Edition.” The Wayfarer’s edition consists of an eight-page pop-up book that reflects the game’s art style and design, a double-sided map of the game’s world, a game card, a replica of the in-game currency, and a Sound Selections CD. This special edition will be released on the same day as the regular edition, and presumably will be available for preorder as well.
The demo for Octopath Traveler is currently available on the Switch’s eshop.