Square Enix’ Octopath Traveler has released today for Nintendo Switch, a launch we’ve been waiting for, for quite some time. If you need more reasons as to why you should try it out, its director has pointed out its strongest features. If it doesn’t intrigue you afterward, we don’t know what will.
Composer Yasunori Nishiki, director Keisuke Miyauchi, and producer Masashi Takahashi have spoken their minds about Octopath Traveler on Nintendo’s website, giving fans their reasons of playing this beautiful RPG.
All of them focused on the journey, the way the game’s world will make you feel, how it looks and sounds. More specifically though, Keisuke Miyauchi, Director of Octopath Traveler has revealed the three points the game is focused on.
According to him, the first point is Octopath Traveler’s visuals rendered in “HD-2D”. This is the first time we’ve seen a game presented this way, and while it might be overlooked at first, this art style fits the RPG genre perfectly, while keeping the modern technology standards with rich landscapes and dynamic lighting.
One more thing that Octopath Traveler focuses on is its use of interactivity. Each character able to interact with the residents of Orsterra through their Path Actions, as Miyauchi points out. This gives players the opportunity to immerse into its world without feeling like its narrative is linear and without depth.
Last point, and possibly the most important, is freedom. As we pointed out above, Octopath Traveler is not linear in any way. From choosing your character, to picking your battles, to traveling through its world, the game gives you the freedom to choose how it progresses. Minor as it might sound, video games in 2018 need to be something more than bland storytelling, especially for a console like Nintendo Switch, which still has a relatively small catalog of triple-A titles.
Are you intrigued about Octopath Traveler yet? If you want to try the game out before actually buying it, you can go ahead to the Nintendo Switch store and download its two demos and find out for yourself if its world is “calling” you.