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Octopath Traveler 2 Release Date, Trailer And Gameplay - What We Know So Far

Square Enix's "Octopath Traveler" is a JRPG for gamers who yearn to return to the retro era. "Octopath Traveler" famously featured HD-2D graphics that combined classic 16-bit sprites with HD environments and effects. This gave the game a modern-day spark while retaining the look and feel of old-school JRPGs.

When "Octopath Traveler" was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2018, fans raved about the game's throwback art style and gameplay. Eventually, the game was ported to PC and the Xbox One, inviting a new community of players to experience the title. But, apart from a free-to-play mobile prequel released in 2020, Square Enix remained silent on whether there would be a sequel. Recently, that all changed when Square Enix confirmed that an "Octopath Traveler" sequel is officially on the way, and it's coming sooner than many expected.

Here's everything fans need to know about "Octopath Traveler 2," including release date, trailer, and gameplay info.

Does Octopath Traveler 2 have a release date?

Fans of the first "Octopath Traveler" will be ecstatic to hear that the sequel already has a planned release date. During a recent Nintendo Direct showcase, Square Enix announced that "Octopath Traveler 2" will release on February 24, 2023. This announcement initially surprised many fans, considering years had passed without any word of whether an "Octopath Traveler 2" would ever materialize. That said, based on the incredible sales of the first game, some fans had long theorized a sequel was in the works.

As of now, "Octopath Traveler 2" is planned for a release on the Nintendo Switch and PC. That said, there's always the chance the title migrates over to other platforms at a later time, as was the case with the original "Octopath Traveler." At least for the time being, fans without a Switch or PC can still experience the original title if they're a Xbox Game Pass subscriber.

Is there a trailer for Octopath Traveler 2?

Currently, "Octopath Traveler 2" only has an announcement trailer, but the two-minute long video showcases the series' now iconic HD-2D visual style and offers a glimpse at what players can expect.

The trailer shows off some of the new characters available to players in "Octopath Traveler 2," though many of the characters shown appeared to be archetypes previously featured in the first game. That said, there were a few exciting new jobs that look like they'll make an appearance in the upcoming sequel. The characters showcased in the "Octopath Traveler 2" announcement trailer were Hikari the Warrior, Agnea the Dancer, Paritio the Merchant, Osvald the Scholar, Throne the Thief, Temenos the Cleric, Ochette the Hunter, and Castti the Apothecary.

Not only does "Octopath Traveler 2" feature new characters, but the reveal trailer also noted that the sequel is set during a brand-new era. Additionally, the world of "Octopath Traveler 2" will be more dynamic thanks to a day and night cycle that alters certain aspects of the world depending on the time of day.

What will Octopath Traveler 2 gameplay be like?

The recent announcement trailer for "Octopath Traveler 2" showcased a glimpse of how the title will play. Those with experience from the first game will likely feel right at home, as gameplay in "Octopath Traveler 2" appears very similar to its predecessor. However, for players that haven't already experienced the original: players will often find themselves recruiting characters, communicating with townspeople, and collecting items between battles and story events.

Combat in "Octopath Traveler 2" will remain turn-based — like most classic JRPGs and the original "Octopath traveler." Like before, players can level up a character's job and skills through combat or other means to give them an edge in battle. Additionally, Square Enix noted that the Break and Boost system would return for the sequel. 

Each character will also have a unique Path Action (interaction); however, Path Actions can change depending on the time of day in "Octopath Traveler 2." According to the Nintendo Store listing, there are other new mechanics in "Octopath Traveler 2," but there aren't any details on these new mechanics or how they'll work. All this said, eager fans won't have to wait long to have their questions answered with "Octopath Traveler 2" coming this February.