It's taken quite some time, but Square Enix recently confirmed the localised release of Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, a mobile-only prequel to the rather excellent Octopath Traveler.

It's due out this Summer, but you can now sign up for the game's beta on Android in 'certain regions'. To have a chance to try it out ahead of time you need to go to this Google Play product page and pre-register, giving you a chance to take part.

We're certainly curious to see how this prequel shapes up, even if there's still lingering disappointment that it remains a mobile-only release.

HD-2D for smartphones – 3D CG screen effects added to pixelized graphics create a magical world on smartphones.
Eight-character party command-based battles – Form a party of up to eight characters to fight in evolved command-based battles. Smooth gameplay with swipe controls.
Choice of story between three reigning champions – The setting is the Orsterra continent. The protagonist is a “Chosen One” who will fight against a great evil that has achieved fortune, power, and fame.
Field commands – Take various actions towards characters on the field. Try out all sorts of things, such as “Listen” for information, “Steal” an item, “Hire” an ally, and more.

Are you going to try and register for the beta, or perhaps wait to pick up the full release? Let us know, as always, in the comments.