It was just a few months ago that Octopath Traveler II was announced via a Nintendo Direct, and now, as its projected release date early next year comes ever closer, we’ve been given a brand-new trailer to highlight two very special characters in the game.
Octopath Traveler II features the same foundations as its predecessor. It’s a JRPG that takes players through the lands of Solistia. You play as one of a specific batch of eight travellers (hence the “Octopath” in the title), each distinguishable by their own varying origins, values, attitudes, and personal abilities – the whole nine yards. Beyond that, one of the most key and striking features lies in its unique art style, known as “HD-2D.” It’s a pairing of retro-style pixel art and a more-than-contemporary 3D CG all in a way that looks very pretty indeed, and has been so successful that it has been subsequently applied to tactics JPRG, Triangle Strategy, and an upcoming Dragon Quest remake.
(Harvard also wrote an in-depth analysis feature on the art style in the most recent Dee Dee Zine, if you’re interested in giving that a read).
This new trailer highlights two of the eight heroes: Throne the thief, and Temenos the cleric. It also features a short description of the game’s new and improved job system.
Octopath Traveler II is set to February 24 next year. While the first game was exclusive to the Nintendo Switch for a while, the sequel is going to be more widely available from the outset, and you’ll be able to grab it on the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC (via Steam).