Octopath Traveler II is the next game utilizing the popular HD-2D engine by Square Enix, and the upcoming title runs on version 2.0 of the engine.
Square Enix says the “fusion of pixel art and 3D graphics has evolved even further” in Octopath Traveler II due to HD-2D engine version 2.0. Thanks to various engine improvements, players can enjoy more beautiful and detailed graphics than ever before in HD-2D. Additionally, players can also expect these improvements in future HD-2D titles.
Square Enix highlighted Octopath Traveler II’s game world and combat through its official Twitter account:
— オクトパストラベラーII公式 (OCTOPATH TRAVELER II) (@OCTOPATH_PR) October 10, 2022
The story takes place in Solistia, a land comprising an eastern and western continent divided by the sea.
It is a bustling era, wherein large vessels navigate busy sea routes and the power of steam gives birth to new technologies.
Some people thrill to glamorous stars of the stage and industry, while others are brought to tears by war, plague, and poverty.
In this faraway realm, eight travelers hailing from different regions venture forth for their own reasons. Step into their shoes and explore the land as you see fit, using their unique talents to aid you along your journey.
Embark on an adventure all your own.
Begin your adventure as one of eight new travelers, each with their own origins, motivations, and unique skills.
The series’ HD-2D graphics, a fusion of retro pixel art and 3DCG, have reached even greater heights.
The story takes place in Solistia, where diverse cultures thrive from east to west and the industries of the new era flourish. You can sail the seas and explore every corner of a world that changes from day to night.
Each traveler has a unique set of Path Actions they can use to battle townspeople, obtain items, take others along in their travels, and more. Where will you go? What will you do? Every path is yours to take.
Familiar mechanics from the original game have been preserved, like the freedom to develop your travelers’ jobs and skills, as well as the Break and Boost system that made battles so exhilarating. New mechanics have also been added.
Lastly, Octopath Traveler II releases on February 24, 2023 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam.