Octopath Traveler is bringing its JRPG sprites from its "HD-2D" world to Steam on June 7. The game is less than a year old on Nintendo Switch, and I certainly wasn't expecting this jump to PC. It means I can finally behold this visual stunner. Octopath Traveler is a single-player turn-based role-playing game that is most notable for its classically inspired Japanese RPG world and character art, but giving the entire thing a depth of field I'm not sure I've seen before or since.
You play one of eight adventurers, with eight different roles, on eight adventures (eight, octo-, you get it). There are eight regions to discover which unfold the eight adventurers' paths. Octopath Traveler is a rather awkward name, until you spell it out like that, and then it becomes hard to imagine any other name for this game.
I've been waiting and trying, and trying and waiting, for the one JRPG that might turn me around and make me realize there's more to enjoy out there besides western RPGs. Bethesda and BioWare are hitting nothing but stumbling blocks these last few years. Is it time to broaden my horizons, even if it's a visual gimmick that'll make me do it?