Square Enix - Octopath Traveler Producer & Director on Game's "Heaviest" Stories, The Use of Old-School Graphics in a New Way, & Unique Features 🍃
Octopath Traveler producer Masashi Takahashi and Director Keisuke Miyauchi has discussed with GameSpot recently about the heavy stories in the game, the use of the Old-School graphics, and some unique features.
▪On the Heavy Stories & Graphics:
"We're creating a medieval world, and we wanted to think of the realities within that medieval world. What would be a kind of inevitability that would happen as a result of this world existing? What kind of dramas would play out? I think, out of the eight people, that Primrose has the story that deals with the heaviest themes, but that's not to say that the other themes are light in any way. There are also characters that deal with other heavy elements of this world, as well, like Cyrus, the scholar. His story deals with the darkness that exists within this world.
This is the art style that was used for the games that we played when we were growing up. Even though it has a simple character design, the simplicity of the character design allows the user to use their imagination to kind of create their own story of the characters in their own minds, versus how you would respond to, for example, a realistic art style."
▪Keisuke Miyauchi on the Unique Features:
"In addition to that, we've added in things like the additional strategic dimensions of what you can accomplish during battle. And also, things like path actions--where, in other RPGs, if you're talking about NPCs around a town, the only action that you could accomplish with them was to talk to them. We've added in considerably more dimensions of being able to talk with them so that you're able to role-play now in more different ways than you ever were. So that you could feel like you're a scholar, for example, like you're really playing this role of this character in this game."
Octopath Traveler has a new demo out now for players to taste of the full game, it's timed but your progress will pass over to the full version.
Octopath Traveler will be available on July 13th for the Nintendo Switch.
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