A recent post to Twitter confirms the launch of Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, a mobile spinoff of Square Enix’s 2018 role-playing game starring eight protagonists embarking on eight individual journeys. Following its predecessor’s success, Champions of the Continent saw a Japan-only release in October 2020; it continues to add new content and characters regularly. Fans of the game have been hoping for an English release for years, with little hope on the horizon until the recent unexpected Twitter announcement.
The Twitter post, which comes from the official Champions of the Continent account, does not provide a specific release date but does indicate that the game is coming sometime in 2022 to both American and European audiences. Presumably, the Western version of the game will be accessible on both Android and iOS devices, as it is in Japan. More news will be announced in mid-February.
OCTOPATH TRAVELER: Champions of the Continent (English ver.) will launch in North America and Europe in 2022!
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— オクトパストラベラー 大陸の覇者【公式】 (@OCTOPATH_SP) February 8, 2022
Champions of the Continent takes place several years before the events of Octopath Traveler and features a mix of new and returning characters divided into eight classes. It utilizes the original game’s turn-based style but allows players to bring up to eight players into combat rather than limiting them to four. Characters are obtained using a gacha system, with optional in-app purchases also available.
The game’s main story is divided into eight parts following four themes – the acquisitions of “wealth,” “power,” “glory,” and “all things.” Individual travellers also have stories and quests revealing their backstories and motivations. While the majority of characters available in Champions of the Continent are original, over half of the original eight Travelers are available to summon, as are characters from fellow Square Enix projects Bravely Default and Bravely Default 2.
As “mid-February” is not far away, hopefully, Square Enix will release more information regarding the English debut of Champions of the Continent in the near future.