Over the past years, classic JRPG titles were faced with less excitement by fans, leading companies to believe that the genre is losing valuable ground. However, after the release of Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch, Square Enix reveals that they will release more games like it, since it was a huge success, selling more units than initially expected.
The news comes from Takashi Mochizuki, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Mochizuki quoted Square Enix’s statements during a recent financial results conference held in Japan, revealing the excitement on the release of Octopath Traveler and their future steps with the JRPG genre. According to him, sales were stronger than the firm’s pre-sales forecast and Octopath Traveler exceeded expectations especially in U.S. & Europe with a higher-than-average ratio of downloads versus retail sales.
Square Enix on Octopath Traveler 1:
-Sales stronger than firm's pre-sales forecast; exceeded expectations especially in U.S. & Europe
– Higher-than-average ratio of download version vs packaged
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) August 7, 2018
Additionally, Square Enix believes that JRPGs have gained more appreciation in recent years since the game design that appeals to old Square Enix game fans. Octopath Traveler new elements including HD-2D, attractive characters etc. did the trick for players to fall in love with it. With that in mind, the company will release more games like it in the future, something that was even teased in the previous days as the account of Bravely Default has been made active and posting again over the last days.
Closing up, Mochizuki revealed that Octopath Traveler is indeed a Nintendo Switch exclusive since the console is perfect for middle-range games. That doesn’t mean though that Square Enix won’t release JRPGs on other consoles as well. The company has already a strong cast of RPG titles on mobile devices, with more to add up in the future.
We still don’t know what Square Enix has in store for us. Be it an Octopath Traveler sequel, be it Bravely third or a totally new IP, we are excited to see JRPGs taking back their place in the video game industry.