Switch Exclusive Octopath Traveler Is Getting A Mobile Prequel

HD-2D is back.


Octopath Traveler is getting a prequel for iOS and Android devices called Octopath Traveler: Conquerors of the Continent, Square Enix has announced. The first trailer, which you can watch above, shows that the mobile game will retain the striking "HD-2D" visual style that served as one of the main draws for the Nintendo Switch version.

Although details on Octopath Traveler: Conquerors of the Continent are scant, it has been confirmed that the game will take place before the events of the Switch title, with three characters that have unique stories. This format mirrors the distinct campaigns that were tied to Octopath Traveler's cast of heroes.

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Now Playing: Octopath Traveler - Mobile Game Trailer (Japanese)

Octopath Traveler: Conquerors of the Continent is expected to launch for iOS and Android in Japan in 2019 and is free-to-play. Square Enix has not yet confirmed how it will monetize the game.

The visual style of Octopath was a big point of discussion, and praise, when it was released. The aesthetic was unique enough for Square Enix to trademark the term "HD-2D," indicating it would be utilized in the future.

In his Octopath Traveler review, Peter Brown said the game "thrives on its character progression and the temptations of high-level challenges and rewards. The promise of new jobs, exciting boss fights, and powerful gear will inspire you to poke around every corner, and there are no shortage of discoveries to strive for.

"And all the while, you're treated to one of the most interesting and effective re-imaginings of a retro aesthetic around. Octopath will likely be a divisive game due to its fractured storytelling, but it's one worth playing despite its lesser qualities. Its high points are simply too good to ignore."

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