Square Enix recently registered a trademark that could hint at more games in the style of Octopath Traveler.
No, Square Enix didn’t register Octopath Traveler 2, but it did register another phrase that could have wider implications for its future development plans. That term is “HD2D,” or “HD-2D,” the phrase used to describe Octopath‘s unique art style.
While it might be nothing, Square Enix wanting to trademark this phrase could mean that it’s got more plans for that art style, possibly in future releases outside of Octopath Traveler. That game’s visual style, which featured pixel-art characters on 3D backgrounds, was arguably one of its best features, so to see that translated into other Square Enix games could make for some interesting titles.
Octopath Traveler sold really well, hitting the 1 million mark within a month of its release, and the publisher has stated that it would like to make more games “similar” to it. More recently, Square Enix boss Tomoya Asano stated that there are plans for the Octopath studio to release a game every year, and the game’s producer teased that the developer plans on making more games in both the Octopath and Bravely Default series, as well as new series that are currently in the works.
It’s all very exciting, especially for Switch-owning JRPG fans, who fully embraced Octopath Traveler and it “HD-2D” art style. Meanwhile, Square Enix’s next major RGP, Kingdom Hearts III, which is not coming to the Switch (unfortunately), launches on January 25th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.