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Second round of Octopath Traveler: Break, Boost, and Beyond concert tickets on the way

Music to our ears

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.

Octopath Traveler: Break, Boost, and Beyond concert gets new promo art

Banding together

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.

Octopath Traveler's Chinese cover art revealed

Still a gorgeous cover

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.

Chinese distributor sees their entire stock of Octopath Traveler purchased following Chinese language support reveal

Word travels fast!

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!

Multiple Nintendo-related titles take home wins at Famitsu Award 2018, Smash Bros. Ultimate named 'Game of the Year'

A great night for Nintendo

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.

Game of the Year

- Smash Bros. Ultimate/Monster Hunter World

Excellence Award

- Octopath Traveler//Super Smash Bros. Ultimate/Dragon Quest Builders 2/Pokémon Let’s Go!

Rookie Award

- Octopath Traveler

Best Game Music Award

- Octopath Traveler

Character of the Year

- Kirby

MVP

- Masahiro Sakurai

Octopath Traveler rated for PC release in South Korea

Exclusive no more?

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 hosting Octopath Traveler + Switch giveaway in Japan

8 giveaways, 8 games, 8 Switches

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.

Square-Enix explains why they decided to make Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, details when development started

The when and why explained

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 hosting Octopath Traveler concert in Japan this Summer

Now here's something to be REALLY jealous of

Square-Enix has announced that they'll be holding an Octopath Traveler live concert in Japan this Summer! All we have to go on right now is the announcement, which you can read in full below.

“What’s this?

It looks like Darius and Gareth took the occasion to steal some breaking news for us.

It’s been decided that Octopath Traveler will get a live concert sometime in Summer 2019!! This is thanks to all of you!!

Please wait a little longer for more details. Look forward to it!”

Square-Enix says Octopath Traveler has hit 1.5 million units sold, reveals Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent for mobile, talks new console title

Square-Enix has more to say in the world of Octopath Traveler

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.

Check out more screens here

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!