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Octopath Traveler Shifted 1.5 Million Copies And New Console Game In The Works

All is at peace in this stunning world, or is it?

As we reported yesterday that the lengthy JRPG Octopath Traveler is getting a prequel but it is only for iOS and Android devices and will be released this year. But that is not all, as Square Enix has provided worldwide digital and physical numbers for Octopath Traveler on the Nintendo Switch. The game has now surpassed 1.5 million copies as of January 2019. The company has also said that they are working on a new console game, but it won’t be ready for a while.

“Everyone who waits for a new console game, sorry, we will need more time for developing.”

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12 comments

      1. Not true actually. I know that Skyrim and FIFA 18 sold over a million and I’m sure there are a few others. Tbh though there haven’t been many that are either made exclusively for the Switch or released at exactly the same time so what do you expect?

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      1. Yeah, to put that into perspective: Xenoblade Chronicles appears to not even have had a million sales on the Wii (judging by the numbers I can find online), and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 seems to have sold somewhere around 1.5 million units (and that game is apparently Monolith Soft’s best-selling game to date). Both of those are first-party games with presumeably higher development costs than Octopath Traveler. I think this paints a pretty solid picture of JRPG sales expectations, and by those numbers, Octopath did indeed do impressively well. I’m guessing that this is partially due to its nostalgic charm, especially over in Japan, where a lot of people grew up with the classic Dragon Quest games. Square Enix used a similar strategy for Dragon Quest XI on the 3DS, where they included an “8-Bit mode”, making everything look NES-like.

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    1. I know we’re used to seeing big success stories like Odyssey selling 12 million, but that is far from common. 1.5 million is honestly fantastic for something like this.

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    1. They already announced a prequel game for mobile platforms, so I doubt they’re being restricted by Nintendo. If anything, I can imagine the original Octopath Traveler being a timed exclusive for Switch or something like that, but I’d be surprised if the game didn’t make it to other platforms in at least a couple of years from now.

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  1. Huh, I had the impression that the game sold a bit more than that, but the game was clearly not a super duper high budget game so I bet they made a fair share of profit from it. Great game in my opinion!

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