Octopath Traveler is officially a series now, not just a single game.
In an announcement celebrating the fact that the original Octopath Traveler sold 1.5 million units, Square Enix has revealed that there are at least two more games in development in the same series.
The first of the games is a free-to-download mobile game called Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent. It’s scheduled to release on iOS and Android in 2019 in Japan. At the moment, the announcement trailer for this game and all the information is only in Japanese, so we don’t know if the same information will apply to a wider Western release, or if the game’s coming to North America at all.
The trailer for Champions of the Continent offers a look at what this mobile game will look like, with the “HD-2D” art style of the original game intact. Players will be able to use an eight-character party for command-based battles. The game is a prequel to Octopath Traveler, taking place before the events of the game, and will have three characters with unique stories.
Don’t worry, though. The future of the series isn’t limited to mobile.
“Everyone’s waiting for a new game on console, we’re sorry, but production will take a little while longer,” the official Octopath Traveler Twitter account wrote in Japanese (as translated by Eurogamer). “In the meantime, we hope you can enjoy [the smartphone game]!”
— オクトパストラベラー公式 (@OCTOPATH_PR) March 8, 2019
This means that we’re definitely seeing a new console game, though we may have to wait a while for it to be available. A while back, a Square Enix executive mentioned the possibility of making a sequel, so we can assume that this game will take place after the first one. Whatever the case is, we’ll keep an eye out for updates to both the mobile game and promised sequel.