Square Enix released Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2018, and come June 2019, the game arrived on Steam as well. Per a new announcement, we now know that the game has sold a total of 2 million copies, and to celebrate, it’s on sale for 50% off on both the Nintendo Switch eShop and on Steam. The sale lasts till April 2.
To celebrate 2 million copies sold, OCTOPATH TRAVELER is 50% off until 02/04!
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) March 18, 2020
Square Enix is known for pushing the limits of graphics with its RPGs, and in a unique way, they did it again with Octopath Traveler, pioneering an innovative new “HD-2D” art style. It’s still the pixel art many (old) people (like me) adore, but with modern lighting and water effects and a “pop-up” presentation. If you appreciate a strong visual aesthetic, this game is worth picking up for that reason alone, especially on sale for $29.99.
Of course, the game isn’t perfect. In our review, I expressed how the game’s narrative — almost all eight of them — are pretty disappointing, and the characters’ stories never come together in an especially impactful or believable way. But if you can forgive that, there’s still a wonderful sense of exploration and unique ways of interacting with NPCs and the environment.
Square Enix is preparing a prequel, Octopath Traveler: Conquerors of the Continent, for mobile devices to release in Japan in 2020. And a sequel for Switch is apparently in the works as well, but no word has come of that title since the first, brief, announcement.