Octopath Traveler has blazed a path for Japanese role-playing video games, with its flashy HD-2D type and branching storytelling. That path has led the franchise to cell telephones and tablets, as Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent brings the story of Orsterra to cell gadgets in a brand new prequel story.
This new cell Octopath Traveler launches right this moment, July 27, on each iOS and Android gadgets. To be taught extra, we spoke with three key members of the event staff: international producer Hirohito Suzuki, composer Yasunori Nishiki, and state of affairs author Kakunoshin Futsuzawa in regards to the franchise’s transfer to cell.
We spoke about free-to-play mechanics, the HD-2D artwork type’s proliferation, the variations within the battle system, and extra. We additionally touched on if characters or areas from the unique recreation would possibly affect this new recreation, and what gamers can count on from the three branching tales as they play.
This interview was performed through e mail.
GameSpot: Why was cell the platform of selection for a return to Octopath Traveler? What does the platform provide for this expertise that consoles/PC don’t?
Hirohito Suzuki: Hiya, that is Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent Producer Hirohito Suzuki. Thanks for having me!
The staff’s mission is to ship Octopath Traveler to as many individuals as doable. To this finish, we determined to launch this recreation as a free obtain for cell gadgets, which has grown into the platform with the most important participant base.
That mentioned, our objective is to ship the identical form of expertise as a console or PC recreation with a cell machine and never about what the cell platform gives for this expertise that consoles/PC don’t. As such, not like a typical cell recreation, there aren’t any social components, nor will we intend on having limited-time occasions for probably the most half.
I hope you take pleasure in our Octopath Traveler title that may be performed on a cell machine.
This recreation’s battle system doubles the quantity of heroes on the display at one time. What went into the choice to extend the participant’s hero rely, and the way did this selection have an effect on the battle system?
Suzuki: The motivation behind this was as a result of massive forged of characters, and I wished to offer them a second to shine collectively.
What’s distinctive in regards to the battle on this title is that gamers will use characters positioned ahead or within the rear. BP will accumulate for all eight get together members, so gamers can take pleasure in a speedier battle than the primary recreation.
Moreover, there are skills that activate based mostly on whether or not your character is positioned as a ahead or a rear guard, so it makes for strategic battles as nicely.
What kind of free-to-play components will likely be included in Champions of the Continent? How will they have an effect on the participant’s expertise?
Suzuki: The title’s primary gameplay is free. We’ve adjusted it in order that gamers can get via the primary ending to the principle story, which is about 60 hours of content material, at no cost as nicely.
The characters that be a part of a participant’s roster will largely depend upon luck, however it will make me pleased if gamers can benefit from the technique of determining tips on how to finest make the most of the characters out there to them.
Clarify how in-app purchases have been applied. How vital are microtransactions to Champions of the Continent and what types of purchases can gamers make?
Suzuki: Essentially talking, gamers can carry out a summon from a pull and unlock characters in the event that they select to take action. On this recreation, the characters’ skills might present a bonus when advancing via the principle story and battle content material, however these should not essentially obligatory. Nevertheless, if you wish to delve additional into the state of affairs of a favourite character, you’ll have to receive that character to play on.
How difficult did you discover designing a “free-to-play” ecosystem with out making it too reliant on utilizing real-world currencies? Do you suppose you’ve got achieved the correct steadiness on this regard?
Suzuki: As talked about earlier, the aim of the sport is to ship Octopath Traveler to as many individuals as doable and so the changes we made permit for primary gameplay to be free for everybody. Due to this, not like typical cell video games, we made certain views like ecosystems or enterprise fashions didn’t affect the sport techniques an excessive amount of.
This resolution was very exhausting to make as a producer, however my intention is for individuals to first play this title at no cost and fall in love with the sport, then based mostly on that, they’ll select to make a purchase order out of their need to gather their favourite character.
The sport’s artwork type has turn into a subgenre of RPGs in its personal proper, with Reside A Reside and the Dragon Quest III remaster as notable upcoming examples. Are there every other video games in Sq. Enix’s library you’d prefer to see get the HD/2D therapy?
Suzuki: That is strictly my private opinion, however I might like to see a number of the pixel artwork Closing Fantasy titles carried out in HD-2D. Octopath Traveler was closely influenced by them, so I imagine they might come out splendidly.
Nevertheless, as a creator myself, I’d additionally like to consider making new video games within the HD-2D type and never simply deal with remakes.
How does your composition course of change when working with a cell title? Are there any limitations you’ve got present in writing music for this recreation, or is the method the identical because the earlier recreation?
Yasunori Nishiki: I feel it may be mentioned that music manufacturing for latest cell video games has nearly no distinction or limitations from that of console video games. Nevertheless, sure implementations that might put a heavy load on a tool’s CPU, equivalent to interactive music, or lengthy items of music/excessive constancy music file codecs, may trigger points with obtain capability, and could also be considerably affected by limitations.
In fact, if a cell recreation is supposed to supply a unique gameplay expertise than its console counterpart, then the way in which through which the music is created should change to comply with go well with; nonetheless, our idea for this recreation was to offer our gamers with gameplay expertise that doesn’t pale compared to a console recreation. In consequence, I made certain to take care of the sensation of the primary recreation for the music as nicely.
The earlier recreation’s soundtrack was broadly praised again when the sport’s launched. Do you discover a form of strain in making an attempt to recreate that success for this recreation, or are you approaching this as its personal separate problem?
Nishiki: The primary title depicted the story of eight protagonists and every of their journeys and so the music was created to deal with that side. For this recreation, the story revolves round diabolical but interesting villains; as such, the music is created with them in focus.
In fact, I did really feel a form of strain that I can’t disappoint those that thought so extremely of the primary recreation, however I additionally keep in mind being enthusiastic about how I can current these fascinating villains with music.
In truth, I used to be in a position to incorporate numerous music genres I didn’t use within the first recreation, so it was an amazing alternative to experiment.
Moreover, as a result of it is a live-service title, I wrote music at the start with out figuring out how the story would conclude, in order that was fairly thrilling, too (laughs).
How does Champions of the Continent match into the general story of Octopath Traveler? We all know it is a prequel, however how far again in time are we headed?
Kakunoshin Futsuzawa: This recreation takes place a number of years earlier than the occasions of the primary recreation. The identical cities and characters will likely be referenced as nicely. People who find themselves enjoying an Octopath Traveler recreation for the primary time can nonetheless take pleasure in this recreation with none points, however these “vacationers” who’ve skilled the primary recreation might benefit from the journey a bit deeper.
How, if in any respect, will the characters from the unique game–whether they be the playable heroes or NPCs–factor into this story? Will we see any acquainted faces in our travels?
Futsuzawa: At occasions the characters might seem as a good friend or at occasions they could stand in the way in which of your journey. I’m afraid I’m unable to enter particulars, however lots of the characters from the primary recreation will certainly make an look, so I hope you stay up for seeing them once more!
The story up to now revolves round three characters in Herminia, Tytos, and Auguste. Will we see these three tales intertwine, and in that case how extensively?
Futsuzawa: These three are the “final evil,” so to talk. The story takes place within the huge land of Orsterra, however contemplating the sheer evil–and three of them, at that– there is no such thing as a means these three wouldn’t be one way or the other related.
The Octopath Traveler sequence entails tales of many alternative individuals, and so I’m very cautious of those characters, their tales, and the way they join to one another. That is all I can share proper now, nonetheless, I might love so that you can take the journey to the world of Octopath Traveler and expertise how the tales are a bit totally different and darker than the primary recreation.
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