We get to see more of the game announced during the Nintendo Direct, and based on what we’ve seen so far, the second part is set to surpass the first.
According to Square Enix’s overview, “The story takes place in Solistia, a land comprising an eastern and western continent divided by the sea. It is a bustling era wherein large vessels navigate busy sea routes, and the power of steam gives birth to new technologies. Some people thrill by stage and industry glamorous stars, while others are brought to tears by war, plague, and poverty. In this faraway realm, eight travellers hailing from different regions venture forth for their reasons (Hikari, the Warrior – for home; Agnea, the Dancer – for stardom; Partitio, the Merchant – for prosperity; Osvald, the Scholar – for revenge; Throne, the Thief – for freedom; Temenos, the Cleric – for truth; Ochette, the Hunter – for legends; Castti, the Apothecary – for memories). Step into their shoes and explore the land as you see fit, using their unique talents to aid you along your journey. Embark on an adventure all your own.
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 traveller 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 travellers’ jobs and skills and the Break and Boost system that made battles so exhilarating. New mechanics have also been added.
The first instalment’s popular HD-2D graphics—a fusion of retro pixel art and 3DCG—have been enhanced with greater detail, beauty, and unique camerawork in this game. Characters’ proportions have been improved, and they can express their emotions more vividly than before using additional gestures. Previously players could only look down from above, but this dynamic new camera style will enhance how they experience battles and events. This instalment includes “Crossed Paths”—stories featuring two travellers. Embark on a new adventure with two protagonists. Day and night have been added in this instalment. Towns will change between day and night, as will the placement and reactions of the people within them. Previously, each protagonist had a single Path Action at their disposal. In this game, Path Actions vary between day and night, allowing players greater freedom when interacting with people in the world of Solistia. Swap between day and night at any time with the touch of a button. Players can freely experiment with Path Actions.”
Octopath Traveler II will be released on February 24 for PlayStation 5, PC (Steam), guaranteed with Denuvo), PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Gameplay can be seen between 25:40 and 45:52.