I was going to write something about my misadventures with PSO2 installation (because that’s still a thing) but instead I came across this trailer. Now, when I see the words “strategy” and “Nintendo” in close proximity, I tend to think of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. While I have limited experience with the actual handheld Advance titles, I was a large fan of the original Final Fantasy Tactics on PS1. Enough so that I own another copy for android.
Since I eventually discovered it was a genre and not a game, I try to keep an eye out for these. Enough so that I own far more of them than I’ve actually played. I wasn’t surprised to find out it was a Squenix title, in fact, I was quite excited. My first thought was, of course, a new entry in the Final Fantasy Tactics series. While it could be branded that way, I suppose, the trailer specifically says it’s a new entry in the HD-2D series.
I can only assume this is a reference to Octopath Traveller, a game I also own on two different platforms but have barely found time to play. I did enjoy what I played though, and while not exactly what I think of when I hear “tactical RPG,” the level of thought and planning I had to put into encounters seems similar, even if the gameplay is more traditional console RPG.
This is somewhat reinforced by the “chosen path” idea. I would dare say that’s the primary concept of Octopath. Octopath as also originally announced as “Project Octopath Traveler.” The title also has the same style as Octopath Traveler, though I can’t imagine it will keep the name “Triangle Strategy.” It sounds so… mundane.
The footage in the trailer certainly appears to be the tactical RPG that it claims to be. The “triangle” part of its name seems to refer to three characters that personify different paths, though for me its hard to shake the mental image of Fire Emblem’s melee rock paper scissors diagram. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Provided I don’t forget between now and the time I get home, I’ll do my best to track down this demo and give it a go. Don’t hold your breath though, that isn’t safe.
Considering I watched the trailer and immediately stopped to write about it, I seem to be fairly excited to see the game. I’m not exactly sold on the overall concept, but it’s a genre that Squenix knows well enough and I have a small measure of trust in their ability to execute it. It’s also intriguing to see the birth of a new IP. I had always assumed Octopath was a bit of a standalone niche game what would do good to get more than a single sequel.
Y’all take care, and here’s the trailer if you want to see it for yourself.