It looks like we’re about six hours away from the official launch of Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continet. This morning the app appeared on my phone predownloaded and I was greeted by a message letting me know it’s a single player experience that I should enjoy in my own time, despite periodic updates. Finally it let me know it’s undergoing a maintenance period till UTC: 7/27/2022, 2:00.

Visually and mechanically the original title held up, but lackluster meshing of stories let down the game. But the music, by god the music was top tier. Fortunately for us, the mechanics and visuals aren’t the only things making the jump to mobile. ¬†Yasunori Nishiki, the composer behind the original soundtrack, is back for this latest instalment with new compositions.

It’s hard for me to decide which was the best music from this line of games. Bravely Default is hit after hit, And Octopath brings the celtic vibes. Various Daylife even has some good hits, despite being an Apple Arcade title nobody played. Triangle Strategy probably has the most blah soundtrack despite being perhaps the greatest game I’ve played so far this year.

The game itself takes place as a prequel to the events of the mainline game. You get to play, you’ll never guess, The Chosen One. You fill out your party with Gacha team members that’ll be dropped in the usual manner. In Japan at the moment there’s a lot of talk about the latest character about to be dropped, Serenoa from Triangle Strategy.

Anyway, while we wait for the maintenance period to be over, enjoy some sweet tunes with me. It’s gonna be a good day.