The first lottery round of tickets for the Octopath Traveler: Break, Boost, and Beyond concert came and went, but fans will soon have another chance to get in on the action. Square-Enix has confirmed that a second wave of lottery tickets are set to go live on May 16th, 2019 at 3PM JST. As you probably suspect, those chosen via lottery will have the chance to buy tickets to the concert.
The Octopath Traveler: Break, Boost, and Beyond concert is hitting Japan on July 28th, 2019, and Square-Enix is doing their best to spread the word. That includes a new piece of promotional art, which you can see above. The artwork was created by Naoki Ikushima.
We recently learned that Octopath Traveler is going to get an official Chinese translation on June 7th, 2019. This goes hand-in-hand with a physical release in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The cover art above is what will be used in those regions, which is pretty much a carbon-copy of what we got here in the states.
Earlier today, Square-Enix announced that Octopath Traveler is going to get an update to add in Chinese language support come June 7th, 2019. It appears this news has strike quite a cord in China, as one Chinese distributor has seen their entire stock of the game snatched up in roughly 8 hours.
The distributor had 31,906 copies of Octopath Traveler on-hand, and now they're completely sold out. One retailer purchased 2,640 copies of the game alone!
Famitsu just wrapped their Famitsu Award 2018 event, where they dish out all sorts of awards to games from the previous year. Nintendo actually took home quite a few awards for their titles. Check out the list of Nintendo-related winners below, as well as a live-stream recording of the full event.
Octopath Traveler has been a Switch-exclusive since day one, but it appears that's giong to change. A PC rating for the game has appeared on the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea, and it lists Bandai Namco as the publisher. Bandai Namco has handled numerous PC titles for Square-Enix in Korea, so everything lines up for now. The real question is why Square-Enix though Octopath Traveler was a good fit for PC release!
Square-Enix has announced the kickoff of an Octopath Traveler + Switch giveaway in Japan. Square-Enix wants to celebrate a milestone for the upcoming Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent mobile game, which they say over 100k people have signed up for. In honor of hitting 100k, Square-Enix will be giving away 8 copies of Octopath Traveler bundled with 8 Switch units. The contest is super simple to enter, as all you have to do is follow the official Octopath Traveler Twitter account, and retweet the contest.
The announcement of Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent seemed to come out of nowhere. No one was expecting more from the Octopath Traveler world so soon after the Switch game, nor did they expect a mobile title! Wondering why Square-Enix decided to go mobile with this spin-off? Octopath Traveler planner/producer Tomoya Asano explains in a Famitsu interview.
When we announced Octopath Traveler and were advertising it, we heard a lot of people say that the game “looked fun,” but they “didn’t have a Switch.” So, we wondered: “If we developed an Octopath game for smartphones, would more people be able to play it?” That was our impetus.
We also learn when development on Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent started. Believe it or not, the mobile game was being worked on even before development of Octopath Traveler proper was wrapped!
Square-Enix has shared a bunch of details related to Octopath Traveler today. First up, let's talk about the Switch title. Square-Enix has confirmed that Octopath Traveler is now at 1.5 million sold worldwide! Last we heard, the game was just over 1 million sold, so it's great to see the game still moving units.
Second, Square-Enix shared a message for those who are looking for more information on a console game from the Octopath Traveler team.
“Everyone who waits for a new console game, sorry, we will need more time for developing.”
Why did Square-Enix specify 'console' game in their message? That has to do with today's announcement of Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, a mobile game in the Octopath Traveler series. This is a “free-to-play single-player RPG” set in the world of Orsterra, and it takes place several years before the events of Octopath Traveler. Pre-registration for those in Japan is already open, and fans can even sign up starting March 12th, 2019 to gain access to an early demo. Here's a round-up of official details Square-Enix has shared on the game.
HD-2D for smartphones – 3D CG screen effects added to pixelized graphics create a magical world on smartphones.
Eight-character party command-based battles – Form a party of up to eight characters to fight in evolved command-based battles. Smooth gameplay with swipe controls.
Choice of story between three reigning champions – The setting is the Orsterra continent. The protagonist is a “Chosen One” who will fight against a great evil that has achieved fortune, power, and fame.
Field commands – Take various actions towards characters on the field. Try out all sorts of things, such as “Listen” for information, “Steal” an item, “Hire” an ally, and more.