One of the exclusive games (so far) of the Nintendo Switch is going towards Steam.
Square Enix’ RPG came out on the Nintendo Switch in July, and it was quickly successful – no wonder that it will not only get a smartphone prequel called Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, but a port of the main game as well. However, it’s surprising that the first port isn’t going to be to the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, but the PC!
„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 Osterra’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.
[…] 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,” Square Enix wrote.
Octopath Traveler will launch on July 7 on PC with English and Japanese audio, and English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese text options, and, since it’s Square Enix, possibly Denuvo as well. If you have an older PC, you might experience longer loading times, worse performance, and occasionally an Internet connection requirement.