Square Enix’s upcoming Octopath Traveler 2 role-playing game was just one of many announcements made during the Nintendo Direct live broadcast on September 13. Octopath Traveler 2 is a sequel to the 2019 Octopath Traveler game, which tells the story of eight characters, each of whom go on a journey with different goals. The original Octopath Traveler was praised for its classic pixel art style, compelling characters and catchy music. Octopath Traveler 2 will introduce eight new characters traveling through a completely new land called Solistia.
The Octopath Traveler 2 trailer demonstrates a combination of new and old elements. Eight new Octopath Traveler 2 characters use the same eight classes as in the original game: Apothecary, Cleric, Dancer, Hunter, Merchant, scientist, thief and warrior. The turn-based combat system is also returning; each class wields different weapons and uses different elemental attacks to find enemies’ weaknesses and target them. One of the biggest chances is the new kingdom of Solistia, which is significantly different from Orsterra. The orchestra was primarily a traditional setting of “medieval high fantasy”, while the Soloist brings modern elements such as steam locomotives and big cities.
Orsterra — medieval setting
The continent of Orsterra consists of eight allied kingdoms, each of which has a special environment, such as scorching Sunny lands or cold Frosty lands. Kings and nobles are generally responsible, protected by orders of soldiers such as the pious Knights of Ardante. Technology is limited, and magic and magical items play an important role in everyday life. Nevertheless, there are some signs of gradual modernization in the first Octopath Traveler: the Royal Academy and the work of a scientist are open to both men and women, and shipbuilding has advanced far enough to be able to visit distant continents.
Religion plays an important role in the life and culture of Orsterra, as well as in the plot of Octopath Traveler. The inhabitants of Orsterra worship the pantheon of thirteen gods. Each god represents a separate class, and their shrines must be visited to unlock the corresponding class for all characters. Ultimately, the story of the eight travelers is largely about religion and the gods – the eight discover that the Fallen God, Haldera, is trying to escape from his prison, and they must defeat him to seal him up again.
Solistia has an industrial steampunk style
The world of Soloist was only briefly shown in the Octopath Traveler 2 trailer, but it already seems to be significantly different from Orsterra. Solistia seems much more modern, with steam trains, large cities with multi-storey buildings, iron gates and other innovations. In general, Solistia feels like an industrial revolution or steampunk, and electric lighting and steam transport play a bigger role than magic. The cycle of day and night in the game, a new feature added in Octopath Traveler 2, further emphasizes the importance of electric lighting. It is also shown that the characters use more modern weapons such as a catapult in battle, although magical elemental attacks are likely to still be present.
However, not the entire continent is filled with modern cities and advanced technologies. Unlike Orsterra, where all eight regions were connected by land, Solistia consists of a number of islands and peninsulas that need to be crossed by boat. Travelers find treasures in the ocean and fight enemies from the deck of a boat — another new feature added in Octopath Traveler 2. Some island regions are shown much less modern, for example, the small villages of Agnea Dancer and Ochetta. The hunter hails from In addition, Hikari Warrior leads a kingdom with a clear Asian inspiration, and another city briefly shown in the trailer resembles the American Wild West.
Are Solistia and Orsterra related?
Initially, it seems that Octopath Traveler 2 will borrow only the mechanics from the previous part and tell a completely unrelated story with new characters in a completely new country. This theory is supported by another series of Square Enix role-playing games, Bravely Default. In Bravely Default 2, the same system of tasks and combat operations was used, but in the main role there was a completely new cast and a story was told that was completely unrelated to the first game. Although the original Bravely Default received a direct sequel, it was called Bravely Second and was a separate entity from Bravely Default 2.
However, there is a possibility that Solistia and Orsterra may be part of the same world, although geographically separated from each other by a considerable distance. The mobile game Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, which was recently released in the West, includes a number of characters who travel to Orsterra from distant lands.