Is Octopath Traveler 2 a Direct Sequel?

Same mechanics, similar setting, new story.

Octopath Traveler II is out as of February 24, brought to us by Square Enix and Acquire Corp. We’re diving in along with everyone else to see what this new entry in the series brings. For newcomers like ourselves, it’s fair to ask how connected it is to the original game. Will we be out of the loop by not knowing previous characters and events? We’re here to answer the question of is Octopath Traveler II a direct sequel?

Is Octopath Traveler 2 a Direct Sequel?

Short answer, no. The longer answer: While several mechanics and character stories are similar, the worlds are, so far, unconnected. Octopath Traveler II takes place in Solistia, while the original is set in Orsterra. Temenos, the player-character Cleric, even mentions 8 Gods compared to Octopath 1’s 12. They even have different world maps, with Octopath Traveller 2 sporting a large ocean that splits its world into 2 major chunks.

Octopath Traveler II Boat

That said, certain things, like the naming schemes for areas and the jobs, are very similar. The Order of the Sacred Flame exists in both titles, with very similar origin stories.  We wouldn’t be surprised to find some distant link between the worlds lurking deeper. We don’t think there’s any “distant future” business going on, though.

That’s all for now; we’re still working through the game, finding more to talk about. We’re really enjoying Temenos, who we picked as our starter. Someone described him as “Sherlock but a holy man,” and we’ve yet to find a better description. We’ve only found half the cast so far, but we love every part of this game.