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"Eight travelers. Eight adventures. Eight roles to play in a new world brought to life by Square Enix. And now, you can enjoy all of them in the new demo. Step into the shoes and live the stories of each of the eight travelers and freely explore the world of Orsterra. Then, carry your choices and adventure into the main game with save data transfer. Use each character’s special abilities in and out of battle. Break through enemy defenses by discovering and targeting weaknesses. Store Boost Points with each turn and then spend them at strategic times to strengthen abilities, chain attacks, or provide aid. Choose the path you wish to walk and discover what lies beyond the horizon." —Description from the Nintendo Website

Octopath Traveler (オクトパス トラベラー, Okutopasu Torabera) is a role-playing game for the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows.

GameplayEdit

It is expected to take up to 50-60 hours to complete the main story, which expands to 80-100 hours when adding on side quests and other optional content.[1][2]

CharactersEdit

StoryEdit

PrologueEdit

Set in the land of Orsterra, the Order of the Sacred Flame believed their world was created by thirteen deities before twelve were forced to seal the fallen god Galdera, who refused to relinquish what they created, within the afterworld that can be accessed through the sealed Gate of Finis.

SynopsisEdit

The main narrative of Octopath Traveler is actually comprised of eight individual tales, one for each of the eight travelers, told over 4 chapters each.

Wooden Signboard
(I don't think this is where I should be going at the moment...)
The following section contains potential story spoilers!
  • The cleric, Ophilia Clement, from the Order of the Sacred Flame who embarks on a pilgrimage to renew the flames of the church in her step sister's stead, unaware that her faith's benefactor Mattias established a cult dedicated to Galdera.
  • The scholar, Cyrus Albright, seeks an ancient Hornbergian grimoire known as From the Far Reaches of Hell, whose theft was arranged by the current headmaster's aide Lucia.
  • The merchant, Tressa Colzione, is spurred by the journal of the apothecary Graham Crossford to see the world while contending with the Obsidian bandit Esmeralda.
  • The warrior, Olberic Eisenberg, as a former knight from the fallen kingdom of Hornburg, seeks the truth of his homeland's destruction by the mercenary Werner and his former brother-in arms, Erhardt.
  • The dancer, Primrose Azelhart, a woman of noble birth who witnessed her father's murder by three crow-tattooed men who make up Obsidian's leadership, demeans herself to extract her revenge even after learning the Obsidians' leader is her childhood love Simeon.
  • The apothecary, Alfyn Greengrass, who was cured during a plague as a child by Graham, seeks to follow in the man's footsteps to help others.
  • The thief, Therion, is forced into the servitude of house Ravus to retrieve the stolen Dragonstones and settles things with his former friend Darius.
  • The hunter, H'aanit, sets out to find her master Z'aanta and to finish his task of slaying a nightmarish monster called Redeye.

EpilogueEdit

Wooden Signboard
(I don't think this is where I should be going at the moment...)
The following section contains potential story spoilers!

After progressing though all the characters various stories, the heroes' quests become intermingled as Mattias, Lucia, the Obsidians, and Werner were all under the employ of the immortal witch Lyblac who is seeking a certain man.

Revealed to be Galdera's daughter, Lyblac orchestrated the acquirement of From the Far Reaches of Hell and the dragonstones, along with the destruction of Hornburg, to unseal the Gate of Finis while using the Obsidians as her personal army to eliminate threats like Primrose's father.

Lyblac only required Graham Crossford as an ideal vessel for Galdera to gain corporeal form due to his bloodline's ties to the god, only for Graham to escape while he mutated into the monster Redeye. This forced Lyblac to seek out Graham's only living son Kit to complete the ritual.

After tracking down the Gate's location, the eight characters fight a vicious battle against a fully manifested Galdera after he absorbed Lyblac, sealing them back into the afterworld while saving Kit who receives closure with his father's spirit.

MusicEdit

Main article: Octopath Traveler Original Soundtrack
Octopath Traveler OST Cover

01 : OCTOPATH TRAVELER -メインテーマ-
02 : 剣士オルベリクのテーマ
03 : 踊子プリムロゼのテーマ
04 : ハイランド地方
05 : サンランド地方
06 : 山間の村コブルストン
07 : 緊迫
08 : ちょっとひと休み
09 : 洞窟ダンジョン
10 : バトル1
11 : 勝利のファンファーレ
12 : 敗北のレクイエム
13 : 砂漠の歓楽街サンシェイド
14 : 張り詰めた糸
15 : 忍び寄る悪意
16 : ボスバトル1
17 : 絶望
18 : ボスバトル2
19 : 絆
20 : 渦巻く凶兆
21 : 再起のために
22 : 復讐のために

DevelopmentEdit

Octopath Traveler was announced on January 13, 2017, under the working title of Project Octopath Traveler. A playable demo was released on the Nintendo eShop on September 13, 2017, with a second demo being released on June 14, 2018. The second demo included improved mechanics and all eight playable characters, as well as save data transfer to the full game. The game was released worldwide on July 13, 2018. A special edition that includes the game's soundtrack, a replica of the game's in-game currency, a pop-up book, and a map was also released the same day.

The project was started by producers Masashi Takahashi and Tomoya Asano,[7] who previously headed the Bravely series. Acquire was chosen as development partner for the game based on their previous work on the What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? series.[8] During the development process, various graphics options such as the depth, resolution, saturation, as well as other features such as whether water should be pixel or photorealistic are taken into consideration to perfect the "HD-2D" look. The eight main characters, four male and four female, are chosen to provide different party variations. All characters have different classes, and the character design, as well as the field commands, are based on different occupations in Medieval Europe.

For the demo, Olberic and Primrose were chosen to be the protagonists as their stories started in a similar place, and the developers wanted people to be able to recruit the other character after beating the story. According to Takahashi, no downloadable content or other large post-release content updates are planned for the game.

A Microsoft Windows version of the game is planned to come out on June 7, 2019.

A prequel for Android and iOS, titled Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, will be released in Japan in 2019

Battle systemEdit

The battle system in Octopath Traveler is a turn-based battle system, similar to early RPGs such as the older Final Fantasy games. Players control up to four characters in battle against enemies. Each player character and enemy will (generally) act once each turn, and turn order is determined largely by the relative speed of each character. A player character who defended on the prior turn or an enemy who recovers from being broken (see below) will always act at the start of the turn regardless of speed.

A unique element of the battle system is the Boost system. Each player character receives a boost point at the start of each round, provided they did not spend any boost points in the prior round. Each player character can save that boost point (up to a maximum of five) or spend between one and three boost points to empower their action for that turn. Class skills can be empowered to deal more damage, provide more healing, impose status effects for increased duration, or improve the odds of chance-based skills. Basic attacks can be empowered to provide multiple attacks on a single turn, which is critical for leveraging the break system described below.

Another unique element is the Break system. Each enemy has a defense strength, paired with weaknesses to certain weapon types or elemental attacks. Damage from such attacks is increased by 30% and reduces the defense strength of the enemy by one. Reducing an enemy's defense strength to zero will break them, causing them to lose any remaining actions for the current round, prevent them from acting on the next round, and will double all damage taken (regardless of their weaknesses).

Production creditsEdit

DemosEdit

Two demos were released for Octopath Traveler for the Nintendo Switch prior to the game's official release:

GalleryEdit

ReceptionEdit

Octopath Traveler received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 83/100 on Nintendo Switch based on 79 critic reviews[3] and 80/100 on PC based on 23 critic reviews.[4]

Appearances in Other GamesEdit

Main article: Appearances in Other Games

Several characters from Octopath Traveler have made guest appearances in several other games:

TriviaEdit

  • The game will not have post-launch DLC.[1]
  • The first initial of each Traveler's name, in the order they appear on the selection screen and in official artwork, spells out Octopath (Ophilia, Cyrus, Tressa, Olberic, Primrose, Alfyn, Therion and H'aanit).
  • Olberic and Primrose's Japanese voice actors were also previously party members together in Tales of Symphonia.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kotaku - Nintendo Switch RPG Octopath Traveller Won't Have DLC Because It's 'A Finished Product'
  2. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/06/octopath_traveler_features_80_-_100_hours_of_content
  3. Metascore for Octopath Traveler on Nintendo SwitchMetacritic, Retrieved March 18, 2020
  4. Metascore for Octopath Traveler on PCMetacritic, Retrieved March 18, 2020
  5. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/OctopathTraveler
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Octopath Traveler
Characters
Travelers: Ophilia  •  Cyrus  •  Tressa  •  Olberic  •  Primrose  •  Alfyn  •  Therion  •  H'aanit
Ophilia's Path: Lianna  •  Archbishop Josef  •  Mattias  •  Guardian of the First Flame  •  Bishop Bartolo  •  Emil  •  Derryl  •  Nate  •  Hróðvitnir  •  Daniel  •  Bishop Donovan  •  Lysa  •  Mystery Man and Shady Figure
Cyrus's Path: Therese  •  Princess Mary  •  Mercedes  •  Yvon  •  Lucia  •  Russell  •  Odette  •  Gideon  •  Dominic
Tressa's Path: Olneo Colzione  •  Marina Colzione  •  Leon Bastralle  •  Mikk  •  Makk  •  Ali  •  Morlock  •  Omar  •  Baltazar  •  Venomtooth Tiger  •  Noa  •  Aston Wyndham  •  Esmeralda  •  Ing
Olberic's Path: Erhardt  •  King Alfred  •  Philip  •  Gaston  •  Cecily  •  Ned  •  Victorino  •  Conrad  •  Wallace Wildsword  •  Bernhard  •  Grieg  •  Joshua Frostblade  •  Archibold  •  Gustav  •  Bale  •  Reggie  •  Harald  •  Werner
Primrose's Path: Geoffrey Azelhart  •  Yusufa  •  Helgenish  •  Arianna  •  Oren  •  Rufus  •  Revello Forsythe  •  Anna Forsythe  •  Simeon  •  Albus
Alfyn's Path: Zeph  •  Nina  •  Lily  •  Blotted Viper  •  Ellen  •  Flynn  •  Marlene  •  Vanessa Hysel  •  Ogen  •  Miguel  •  Timothy  •  Ogre Eagle
Therion's Path: Darius  •  Heathcote  •  Cordelia Ravus  •  Barham  •  Orlick  •  Gareth
H'aanit's Path: Z'aanta  •  Linde  •  Eliza Woodward  •  Ghisarma  •  Natalia  •  Lord of the Forest  •  Alaic  •  Susanna Grotoff  •  Dragon  •  King Khalim  •  Redeye
Side Stories: Miles  •  Theracio  •  Le Mann  •  Noelle  •  Ria  •  Meryl  •  Kaia  •  Ashlan  •  Mathilda  •  Tony  •  Professor Bastete  •  Mont d'Or  •  Estadas  •  Professor Paul  •  Maruf
Other: Kit  •  Graham Crossford  •  Alphas  •  Impresario  •  Lyblac
Orsterra
Frostlands: Flamesgrace  •  Cave of Origin  •  Hoarfrost Grotto  •  Stillsnow  •  Secret Path  •  Obsidian Parlor  •  The Whitewood  •  Shrine of the Flamebearer  •  Tomb of the Imperator  •  Northreach  •  Lorn Cathedral  •  Maw of the Ice Dragon
Flatlands: Atlasdam  •  Subterranean Study  •  The Whistlewood  •  Noblecourt  •  Orlick's Manse  •  Obsidian Manse  •  Shrine of the Sage  •  The Hollow Throne  •  Wispermill  •  Ebony Grotto  •  Forest of Purgation  •  Shrine of the Starseer
Coastlands: Rippletide  •  Caves of Maiya  •  Undertow Cove  •  Moonstruck Coast  •  Goldshore  •  Caves of Azure  •  Seaside Grotto  •  Shrine of the Trader  •  Captains' Bane  •  Grandport  •  Grandport Sewers  •  Loch of the Lost King
Highlands: Hornburg  •  Cobbleston  •  Brigands' Den  •  Untouched Sanctum  •  Stonegard  •  The Spectrewood  •  Yvon's Birthplace  •  Shrine of the Thunderblade  •  Tomb of Kings  •  Everhold  •  Amphitheatre  •  Everhold Tunnels  •  Shrine of the Runeblade  •  Ruins of Hornburg
Sunlands: Sunshade  •  Sunshade Catacombs  •  Whistling Cavern  •  Wellspring  •  Lizardmen's Den  •  Black Market  •  Shrine of the Lady of Grace  •  Quicksand Caves  •  Marsalim  •  Grimsand Ruins  •  Marsalim Catacombs
Riverlands: Clearbrook  •  Cave of Rhiyo  •  Twin Falls  •  Saintsbridge  •  The Murkwood  •  Rivira Woods  •  Farshore  •  Shrine of the Healer  •  Riverford  •  Hidden Path  •  Lord's Manse  •  Refuge Ruins  •  Shrine of the Warbringer
Cliftlands: Bolderfall  •  Ravus Manor  •  Carrion Caves  •  Quarrycrest  •  The Sewers  •  Morlock's Manse  •  Shrine of the Prince of Thieves  •  Derelict Mine  •  Orewell  •  Forest of Rubeh  •  Dragonsong Fane
Woodlands: S'warkii  •  The Whisperwood  •  Path of Beasts  •  Victors Hollow  •  The Forgotten Grotto  •  Forest of No Return  •  Shrine of the Huntress  •  Duskbarrow  •  Ruins of Eld  •  Moldering Ruins  •  Shrine of the Archmagus
Other: The Gate of Finis  •  Journey's End
Enemies
Normal: Normal Enemies
Ophilia's Path: Guardian of the First Flame  •  Hróðvitnir  •  Mystery Man and Shady Figure  •  Mattias
Cyrus's Path: Russell  •  Gideon  •  Yvon  •  Lucia
Tressa's Path: Mikk and Makk  •  Omar  •  Venomtooth Tiger  •  Esmeralda
Olberic's Path: Gaston  •  Joshua Frostblade  •  Archibold  •  Gustav  •  Lizardman Chief  •  Erhardt  •  Werner
Primrose's Path: Helgenish  •  Rufus  •  Albus  •  Simeon
Alfyn's Path: Blotted Viper  •  Vanessa Hysel  •  Miguel  •  Ogre Eagle
Therion's Path: Heathcote  •  Orlick  •  Gareth  •  Darius
H'aanit's Path: Ghisarma  •  Lord of the Forest  •  Dragon  •  Redeye
Game Mechanics
General: Achievements  •  Side Stories  •  Travel Banter
Battle: Experience  •  Skills  •  Status Effects  •  Support Skills
Path Actions: Guide/Allure  •  Scrutinize/Inquire  •  Purchase/Steal  •  Provoke/Challenge
Inventory: Items  •  Weapons  •  Shields  •  Headgear  •  Body Armor  •  Materials
Jobs: Cleric  •  Scholar  •  Merchant  •  Warrior  •  Dancer  •  Apothecary  •  Thief  •  Hunter
Advanced Jobs: Starseer  •  Runelord  •  Warmaster  •  Sorcerer
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