Enter into the new world of Solistia.
Artwork showing a bunch of different characters, some with animal tails but still humanoid, sitting around and dancing around a campfire.

Square Enix released Octopath Traveler 2 today for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. Players will venture to the all-new world of Solistia where eight travelers with unique stories must overcome a variety of obstacles, conquer enemies in turn-based battles, and contend with "the perils and promise of a new industrial era."

Square Enix really pushes forth the fact that this is a new story set in a world that is totally independent from the original game. It's still made by the same developers though, so you're probably going to like it if you liked the first game even if everything is new. You'll also be safe in starting with this sequel even if you never played the first game.

A demo for Octopath Traveler 2 is out now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. Save data from this demo will carry over to the full game if you purchase it later.

New and returning gameplay features and elements include:
  • Break & Boost Battle System – Players must act strategically to exploit enemy weaknesses to “Break” them to inflict more damage, and “Boost” their travelers to enhance their abilities.
  • Path Actions – Players can interact with NPCs throughout the world in various ways by using actions unique to each character, such as challenging people as the Warrior or stealing belongings as the Thief. Path Actions will vary depending on the protagonist and whether it is day or night.
  • Brand-New Story and Characters – Players can embark on a grand adventure in the new land of Solistia and experience the intertwined stories of eight new travelers: Hikari (Warrior), Agnea (Dancer), Partitio (Merchant), Osvald (Scholar), Throné (Thief), Temenos (Cleric), Ochette (Hunter), and Castti (Apothecary).
  • Day/Night Cycle – The townscapes and Path Actions available to each character will change depending on if it is night or day, creating more opportunities for exploration and discovery.
  • Latent Power – A new battle element in which characters can unleash a powerful ability once the ability’s gauge fills up during combat.
  • Crossed Paths – Additional stories will unfold between the protagonists as their journey progresses, further intertwining their narratives.