Octopath Traveler: New Demo, Hype, and Concerns

Written by Meatballsub on June 12, 2018

I'm pretty sure every Switch RPG fan at this point is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Octopath Traveler, which is due out in a little less than a month from now (July 13th, to be precise). In case you have been steering clear of E3 announcements, a new demo for Octopath Traveler will be releasing on the eShop this Thursday, June 14th. If you are worried about your losing your progress when the full game launches, fear not! Your save, including the decisions you make that will shape things to come, will 100% transfer over to the final game according to the developers.

Personally, I will not be partaking in Square Enix's offer this time around, even though I loved the first demo to pieces. While I'm just as anxious to play it as anyone, I feel like the experience as a whole will be dampened a bit despite the nifty save feature. I don't want to get invested in this world for a second time, only to set it down for a month before finally being able to play it again. I want to be able to enjoy this game from start to finish without a break (maybe I'll eat though), as it seems like Octopath Traveler is shaping up to be a title of epic proportions.

And I want for it to succeed more than anything. There's no doubt in my mind that it will be a success, but to what degree of success will it experience? I've heard horror stories about games being a financial success on paper, but not necessarily doing well enough to justify a new game in the same IP. In the case of Octopath, it is slightly concerning because its sales (and to a greater extent, the actual success brought by those numbers) will apparently impact future support for the Switch from Square Enix. That is because they created a new division within Square Enix that is to spearhead the development of Switch-specific titles. An article from Nintendo Life goes in a little more detail about it here.

Although in recent years Square Enix has had a tendency to mildly disappoint me rather than wow me like they used to in the early days of Final Fantasy, I still wholeheartedly believe in the company. I want to see both new and old games from Square Enix on the Switch, which is why Octopath Traveler has me excited and nervous at the same time.

Now, I turn this over to you. Are you going to play the new demo on Thursday, or do you want to keep it a surprise for the official release? Do you have any thoughts on the potential success (or failure) of Octopath Traveler, or on Square Enix in general?

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June 15, 2018 12:58:39 PM
Back in April, several sites reported that the Octopath Traveler demo was downloaded over a million times. At first, this sounds great, but when you consider that it's free, then that means that we should expect it to sell only a small fraction of that. Conversion rates (number of people who buy a game divded by number of people who downloaded the demo) are typically very, very, small (below 10%). I really, really want it to do well, especially after they changed the game according to the feedback they got, but I fear it might sell less than expected. I found the two demos to be fantastic, so I'll be getting the game Day 1.
June 14, 2018 05:16:02 AM
I played the Warrior path demo a bit, but honestly, I wasn't in love with it. The dialogue was generic, the combat bored me, & the boss required grinding. At my age, I don't have time to dedicate to grinding to progress a bland story. Maybe I just don't understand the battle system, but it just didn't hook me.
June 13, 2018 08:45:56 AM
I want to try the new demo, but here's a confession: I only ever tried one branch of the first demo!

I don't want to sit and play the game in pieces. The save transfer is a nice bonus, but all the choppy starts and stops ruins the moment of the game; most RPGs I stop for >1 month I never get back to. Would be a shame for this one to suffer that fate.
June 13, 2018 07:23:21 AM
@firestream God help us all if this is Lost Sphear 2.0! I highly doubt it, but its a great point regardless. I have a hard time preordering games as well, and I do appreciate the opportunity to play more Octopath, especially for those that may be on the fence or just want to see more.
June 13, 2018 07:04:49 AM
I will be playing the new demo. If it’s longer than the first demo, it might take me a few weeks to get through. Also, this should help my decision of buying the game or not as I don’t blindly preorder games. There’s a chance it doesn’t live up to the hype. We were all pretty excited about Lost Sphear too...

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