A sequel to Octopath Traveler is officially in production, with a new prequel for iOS and Android devices announced to tide over the inevitably long wait.
Developer Square Enix revealed the prequel role-playing game titled Octopath Traveler: Conquerors Of The Continent in a new trailer, confirming it takes place before events in the Nintendo Switch exclusive title.
While there’s very little information on the game, it appears to mirror the same separate character campaign format, with the original having eight separate storylines for eight different characters.
An official listing for the game (via Gematsu) also confirms it will allow players to form a party of up to eight characters to fight in ‘command-based battles’ with swipe controls.
The single-player title also retains the signature ‘HD-2D’ art style, which was highly praised upon the original’s release, albeit with slightly less sharp backgrounds.
Octopath Traveler: Conquerors Of The Continent is also free-to-play, although it’s not yet been detailed how in-game purchases will work. The prequel is expected to release in Japan on iOS and Android in 2019, with a Western release yet to be confirmed.
Crucially, the Octopath Traveler official Twitter account also confirmed work is underway on a new console game in the series, tweeting: ‘Everyone waiting for a new game on console, we’re sorry, but production will take a little while longer, so in the meantime, we hope you can enjoy [the smartphone game].’
The original Octopath Traveler was one of the biggest exclusive Switch releases of last year, which was praised for its ‘fantastic balancing act between old and new’ in GameCentral’s review.