Around a month ago Square Enix opened sign-ups in some territories for the early access beta of Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, giving eager fans a chance to check out the localised mobile-only prequel. Now invites are starting to roll-out on Android, with one of our team getting a notification to download the app.
We've taken an initial look and have started a save, working through the tutorial so far and getting a feel for the mechanics. After the initial install the game wants additional downloads (which work in the background as you play the opening), so if you have limited mobile data perhaps wait until you're on Wi-Fi. After a small 14.5MB download you then have to choose between 644MB or 868MB for the main download, the latter including Japanese voices.
In terms of content it seems to be the full game, or at least you have the option of which path to follow (there are three). It's due for a full release this Summer, so if you haven't got an invite to try it yet there won't be long to wait.
We'll certainly give it a look over the coming days and share some thoughts - the beta encourages players to share screens and so on, but avoid all story details beyond Chapter 1. Below, once again, are some of the official details for the game.
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.
Let us know if you've had an invite or are planning to check this out!