Octopath Traveler II announced for PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC - Gematsu

Octopath Traveler II announced for PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC – Gematsu

Publisher and developer Square Enix, and developer Acquire have announced Octopath Traveler II for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC (Steam). It will launch on February 24, 2023 worldwide.

Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:

About

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

It is a bustling era, in which 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, using their unique talents to help you along your journey.

Embark on an adventure all your own.

Key Features

  • Begin your adventure as one of eight new travelers, each with their own origins, motivations, and unique skills.
  • The series’ HD-2D graphics, a fusion of retro pixel art and 3D CG, have reached even greater heights.
  • The story takes place in Solistia, where diverse cultures thrive from east to west and the industries of the new era flourish. You can sail the seas and explore every corner of a world that changes from day to night.
  • Each traveler has a unique set of Path Actions they can use to battle townspeople, obtain items, take others along in their travels, and more. Where will you go? What will you do? Every path is yours to take.
  • Familiar mechanics from the original game have been preserved, like the freedom to develop your travelers’ jobs and skills, as well as the Break and Boost system that made battles so exhilarating. New mechanics have also been added.

And here are some additional details:

In Octopath Traveler II, players will begin on an exciting journey through the brand-new world of Solistia. Developed by the same team behind the beloved original, which has sold over three million copies worldwide, this installment improves upon the series’ iconic HD-2D visuals: a striking blend of retro 2D characters in a beautiful 3D world. The game’s new storyline, characters and features make it the perfect entry for newcomers to the series, while also preserving the charm of the original game for veteran players. Players can look forward to following the journey of eight distinct protagonists as they explore the land and conquer enemies in strategic turn-based battles on an adventure all their own

New and returning gameplay features and elements include:

  • Break & Boost Battle System – Players must act strategically to exploit enemy weaknesses to “Break” them in order to inflict more damage, and “Boost” their travelers to enhance their abilities.
  • Path Actions – Players can interact with NPCs throughout the world in various ways by using actions unique to each character. Path Actions will vary depending on the protagonist and whether it is day or night.
  • Brand-New Story and Characters – Players can begin on a grand adventure in the new land of Solistia and experience the intertwined stories of eight new travelers: Hikari (Warrior), Agnea (Dancer), Partitio (Merchant), Osvald (Scholar), Throné (Thief), Temenos (Cleric), Ochette (Hunter), and Castti (Apothecary).
  • Day/Night Cycle – The townscapes and Path Actions available to each character will change depending on if it is night or day, creating more opportunities for exploration and discovery.
  • Latent Power – A new battle element in which characters can unleash a powerful ability once the ability’s gauge fills up during combat.
  • Crossed Paths – Additional stories will unfold between the protagonists as their journey progresses, further intertwining their narratives.

Octopath Traveler II will be available to pre-order within the next 24 hours in a Standard Digital Edition for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. Standard Digital Edition pre-orders for Nintendo Switch will begin at a later date. A Standard Physical Edition for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch is available for pre-order now through select retailers. A physical Collector’s Edition Set is also available to pre-order now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch exclusively via the Square Enix Store.

The physical Collector’s Edition Set includes the following:

  • Octopath Traveler II Standard Edition Game
  • Octopath Traveler II Travelers Bust Set: bust figurines of the eight protagonists
  • Octopath Traveler II Art Album: 44-page art book
  • Octopath Traveler II –Extended Battle Tracks–: mini soundtrack CD

By pre-ordering the Digital Standard Edition, players can receive the “Travel Provisions” downloadable content pack, which contains the below consumable items to help players along their journey:

  • Healing Grape (M) x 5
  • Inspiriting Plum (M) x 5
  • Revitalizing Jam x 2
  • Gold Dust (can be sold for 5,000 leaves in game) x 1

Watch the announcement trailer below. See the first screenshots at the gallery.

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