Octopath Traveler is coming to PC, according to a now-deleted blog post from Square Enix that Gematsu recently spotted.
“Octopath Traveler is coming to Steam on June 7, 2019! So, yknow, add it to your Wishlist now,” read the post. “The critically-acclaimed RPG has previously only been available on Nintendo Switch, so this will be the first time non-Nintendo owners can experience the game.”
That last line is undoubtedly the most fascinating thing about this port. While few people believed that Octopath Traveler would remain a Switch exclusive forever, it’s unusual to see a game go from Nintendo Switch exclusive to PC port without also being released on other major consoles. It’s also really strange to see a JRPG exclusive to a console go straight to PC. JRPGs and PC Platforms aren’t typically associated with each other.
Still, it does feel like we’re entering a new era in that respect. The success of the PC ports of games like Bayonetta has seemingly inspired more Japanese studios to bring their titles to the PC after many years of largely ignoring the platform. While we can’t guarantee that means that future high-profile JRPG exclusives (or future Nintendo Switch games) will be coming to PC, it does feel like it’s time to start considering possibilities that would have otherwise seemed absurd.
Then again, maybe the real story here should be how this game is coming to Steam and isn’t going to be yet another name on the growing list of games that are exclusive to the Epic Game Store.
If you never got the chance to play Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch, it’s best to think of the game as a classic SNES-era JRPG that features some of the most stunning retro graphics you’ll ever see. The game also benefits from a unique character system that gives each member of your party a unique story as well as skills that can be utilized in the overworld as well as combat. While the game occasionally fumbles its more ambitious concepts, it’s still a unique experience that will certainly appeal to old-school fans as well as those who have always wanted to try a classic JRPG but missed out on the golden era.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.