It seems that the Nintendo Switch might be losing one of its best third-party exclusives, as a PC version of Octopath Traveler has received an age rating in Korea.
According to Gematsu, a rating appeared on the Game Rating and Administration Committee website which listed a PC port of Octopath Traveler that was going to be published by Bandai Namco, which is the company that releases most of Square Enix's titles in the region. The page has since been taken down.
Octopath Traveler was one of the first exclusive titles announced for the Nintendo Switch and was considered to be proof of Square Enix's faith in the console. The graphics and gameplay of Octopath Traveler are reminiscent of the JRPGs released during the 16-bit era, except with flourishes that were added to make the game more palatable to modern audiences.
It's possible that Square Enix had planned for a PC version of Octopath Traveler from the start, as the Nintendo Switch was an uncertain prospect when it was first announced and there was no guarantee that it wouldn't suffer the same fate as the Wii U. If the Switch had bombed, then Square Enix may have had a contingency plan to port Octopath Traveler to other systems, with PC and smartphones being their first port of call, as they have been adding most of their back catalogue to those platforms over the past few years. As it stands, both the Switch and Octopath Traveler were a huge success.
Octopath Traveler sold over a million copies within the first month of its release, proving that there is still a thirst for retro JRPGs around the world. The success of Octopath Traveler has led to the development of an upcoming smartphone game (called Octopath Traveler: Conquerers of the Continent) and confirmation that a sequel is in development. It seems as if Square Enix wants to turn Octopath Traveler into a franchise of its own and it may need to leave the boundaries of the Nintendo Switch in order to do so.
Octopath Traveler is available now for the Nintendo Switch.