Today Square Enix accidentally published a blog post ousting a PC release of its successful retro-style JRPG Octopath Traveler.
While the blog post has been since taken down, it spelled the release data in quite clear terms and indicated a release date on Steam on June 7.
You can check out the full text below. It doesn’t include anything specifically new besides the platform, but it’s a good refresher for those who did not play the game.
We have some very exciting news for PC gamers. Octopath Traveler is coming to Steam on June 7, 2019! So, yknow, add it to your Wishlist now.
The critically-acclaimed RPG has previously only been available on Nintendo Switch, so this will be the first time non-Nintendo owners can experience the game.
What is Octopath Traveler about?
Set in the beautiful, but dangerous, world of Osterra, Octopath Traveler puts you in control of 8 unique heroes – each with their own skillset, motivations and storylines. You can play as:
- Olberic: an experienced knight in search of redemption.
- Cyrus: a scholar whose book smarts don’t always equate to common sense.
- Tressa: an enthusiastic merchant who is travelling the world to hone her skills.
- Ophelia: a noble cleric on a pilgrimage to Orsterra’s holy sites.
- Primrose: a fallen noble on a quest to avenge her murdered father.
- Alfyn: a naive apothecary determined to help people whatever the cost.
- Therion: a skilled thief trapped in an impossible situation.
- H’annit: an expert hunter, tracking down her missing master.
You can start the game with any of those characters, and build your party in any order you want. Each one has a distinct class, and unique ‘Path Actions’ – abilities they can use out of combat to progress their adventure.
For example, Therion can steal items from NPCs, Olberic can start a scrap with pretty much anyone, and H’annit can tame wild beasts.
Over the course of the party’s various adventures, you’ll explore 8 vast regions full of stories, side-quests to discover, and gruesome creatures to battle against.
Speaking of battles, Octopath Traveler has a battle system that’s easy to understand, but imbued with impressive tactical depth.
It’s based around ‘breaking’ your targets – every enemy has a shield, and you need to take advantage of their weaknesses to break it and put them into a vulnerable state which essentially stuns them for a turn.
Finally, it would be remiss not to comment on how it looks. Octopath Traveler combines realistic 3D environments with classic RPG-inspired character sprites. It’s an utterly distinctive visual style and absolutely stunning – especially in motion.
How do I get Octopath Traveler on PC?
Octopath Traveler will be available to buy from Steam and the Square Enix Store. Add it to your Wishlist now!
At the moment, we don’t know if the post was withdrawn simply because it was not ready for prime time, or because the release date may be not finalized, so take that with the customary grain of salt until Square Enix makes the announcement official.
Incidentally, the franchise is also coming to mobile with a prequel game, while the Switch version shipped 1.5 million units.
If you’d like to know more about the game, you can read our review of the original release.