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Octopath Traveler has been a huge success for Square Enix and Nintendo around the world, selling over one million copies despite facing continuing stock issues. Famitsu Magazine has done something rather unusual today – the prestigious Japanese gaming publication has put up a questionnaire about the game on their website – in English. They specifically want to hear from overseas fans about their experience with the game. The questions are about your party composition, how you liked each individual story and so on. Select answers will be featured in a future article in Famitsu. You can find the questionnaire here.


System: Switch
Release date: July 13, 2018
Developer: Square Enix / Acquire
Publisher: Nintendo

When Octopath Traveler was first pitched at Nintendo’s January 2017 Switch unveiling event, Square Enix’s brief trailer talked up a classic-style JRPG something akin to The Canterbury Tales. Its focus on the stories of eight travelers with its key art of each character exchanging tales in a pub evoked the timeless format of Chaucer’s narrative poem. For a less distant comparison to this style of fantasy RPG, Octopath Traveler pitched something closer to tabletop role playing games. *You* choose your path. In a very loose sense, this remains true. The game has an unconventional structure where you do pick the characters and the order that you want to play their stories out. Once you lock yourself into one of the game’s roughly hour-long story chapters, they play out linearly with no room for meaningful deviation and almost no regard for the unique path you’ve taken to that point. The final game, as it turns out, makes very little use of what could have been a very ambitious project of offering player-driven crossover stories. Realistically, this idea was probably always too ambitious for a game of this style. As glaring as the dissonance between story and play often is, it’s more productive to look at what Octopath Traveler gets right, rather than what it doesn’t prioritize.

Update: Other sites have started transcribing Horii’s comments, so we’ve added them in below.

Original: Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii provided an update on the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI today. During the “Let’s all get excited! Live Recording from Back Stage at the Dragon Quest XI Concert” program, Horii mentioned that development on Nintendo’s console is going well, and indicated that he expects information to be released sometime soon. We unfortunately don’t have access to the program, but there may have been a hint that we’ll hear about it during the Tokyo Game Show in September.

Despite being announced a couple of years ago, Square Enix has still not shown Dragon Quest XI on Switch. However, we finally received confirmation earlier this year that it’s based on the PlayStation 4 version, as opposed to the 3DS release or something else entirely.

Yesterday, Nintendo announced the western release date for The World Ends with You: Final Remix. The Switch title launches in North America and Europe on October 12.

Following up on the news, retailers like GameStop have updated their listings. Rather than the original $60 price point, The World Ends with You: Final Remix is now listed at $50. Amazon and Best Buy are also showing the same price.

Most Switch games tend to cost $60. The World Ends with You: Final Remix won’t be receiving a massive discount, but it’ll be $10 lower than originally expected.

Nintendo has set a release date for The World Ends with You: Final Remix in the west. North America and Europe are both getting the game on October 12.

Previously, Square Enix announced a release date of September 27 for Japan.

Update (8/7): Pre-orders are now open on Amazon.

Original (8/6): The Art of Bravely Default will finally be receiving a release in the west. That’s according to Amazon, which lists a February 2019 release for the book.

The retailer provides the following overview:

Square Enix held its own conference for financial results earnings earlier today. The company had quite a bit to say about the performance of Octopath Traveler.

The new Switch RPG had sales stronger than Square Enix’s pre-sales forecast. Moreover, it exceeded expectations especially in the United States and Europe. The game also saw higher-than-average ratio of download version vs. packaged.

Square Enix provided a new wave of details and screenshots for The World Ends with You: Final Remix today. We have the latest on new pins, music, and more. Find the full breakdown below, courtesy of Gematsu.

Octopath Traveler launched on Switch two weeks ago. Since the game has been out for a little while now, we want to hear about your impressions.

For those who have purchased Octopath Traveler, how much have you played? Are you enjoying the RPG? Are there certain aspects in particular you like or are disappointed with? Let us know in the comments below.

Recently, our very own Oni Dino made his own path to the Square Enix Café in Tokyo to see the Octopath Traveler experience they are currently hosting. He returned after gaining much knowledge, experience and photos and decided to share his tale with all of you!

I was lucky enough to gain Oni’s blessing on sharing some of the pictures and my thoughts on them. Please enjoy and make sure to read all about the adventure, the full menu, and pictures over here.

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