Those of you who are looking forward to experiencing Square Enix's upcoming love letter to the 16-bit era of JRPGs are in luck, as a new demo for Octopath Traveler is available on the Nintendo Eshop.
The demo for Octopath Traveler contains the prologue for each of the eight characters in the game. You can save your progress and transfer it to the full version of the game when it is released.
You are able to play the demo of Octopath Traveler for a maximum of three hours before it ends. You are restricted to traveling through the starting regions of the game and won't have access to all of the side quests that would normally be available during the start of the full release of the game.
The eight chapters you are given access to are essentially prologues for the main story, of which we still know little. The demo of Octopath Traveler is intended to give you a taste of the individual stories that will be present in the full game, such as Primrose's hunt for the men who assassinated her father.
The eight characters in Octopath Traveler have different abilities and functions, with some performing better in combat, while others can lure NPCs into joining the group as temporary party members. The full version of the game will also have a job system, which is sure to entice many a classic JRPG fan.
Octopath Traveler uses a graphical style known as "HD-2D" which makes everything look like a diorama that has come to life. The graphics of Octopath Traveler look stunning and are a loving homage to the Squaresoft games on the Super Nintendo. One can only dream about a remake of Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI using this style of visuals.
Octopath Traveler is reminiscent of the early Romancing Saga games, in that it is less linear than the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series in how you can achieve your goals. Your choice of character will determine the path the story takes and the comrades you enlist will determine how that story plays out.
Octopath Traveler will be released for the Nintendo Switch on July 13th.