Octopath Traveler has become a big hit for Square Enix since it was released earlier in the summer. This massive JRPG harkens back to the classic Final Fantasy games of the past. However, it also does a few new things which make the experience feel unique and fresh on the handheld console. The 8 characters of the Octopath Traveler have their own full-length playable campaign, and each of the characters has distinct abilities that they can use in the field for their advantages, for example being able to flirt with them to get what you want or steal from NPC’s.
The game has continuously sold out in Japan each time it is put on sale, and it has performed remarkably well in other markets also. So, does this mean that the publishers will be expanding on this adventure?
Well, not quite. At least not in the way that you would expect. According to a report from Famitsu, the publisher will not create any downloadable content for the gamers. Considering that the game has 8 characters to choose from, adding more characters might reduce the adventure of the game. In an interview with Dengeki Online, Masashi Takahashi, a Square Enix producer, said that it should take between 80 and 100 hours for a player to play through the other elements of the game such as dungeons and sub-elements, and between 50 and 60 hours to complete the main story.
Far too often, particularly in the past decade, gamers have been presented with games which are basically the nuts and bolts to make it go. And if you want the flash and flair that comes with the game, you will have to drop some extra cash 2 or 3 months later. Therefore, to hear one of the game’s producers come forward and explain that the game that they release will be a finished game is a welcome breath of life for thousands of RPG fans.
Tomoya Asano (Square Enix) explained that as a company, they are not planning on creating any downloadable content. However, this does not mean that the adventure is over. As a matter of fact, it just sounds like the company is in talks with the developers about the possibility of a creation of a sequel. And seeing how games such as Final Fantasy and Kingdom of Hearts thrive on sequels, this makes a lot of sense.
However, Asana noted that nothing is official yet. It sounds like Square Enix is taking their time with the sequel, which a smart way to approach it. No need to rush on the sequel, particularly considering the fact that Octopath Traveler is still a sales juggernaut- and it will likely continue to be throughout the holiday season.