New Octopath Traveler Art Seems to Be Teasing Something Bravely Default Related

New Octopath Traveler Art Seems to Be Teasing Something Bravely Default Related

Flying Fairy, Pouncing Snow Leopard.

Last week, we mentioned Octopath Traveler for the Switch has already shipped over 1 million units globally. That's a great number for a niche RPG. Square Enix seems to agree, and it distributed a celebratory piece of artwork in way of thanks. Upon closer inspection, however, this festive little bit of art is more than it appears to be. It might even be a hint of what's next for Octopath's development team.

Nintendo UK tweeted the artwork on August 3. Upon first glance, it looks like a portrait of the game's eight main characters running off to…somewhere. When you lean in, you notice the characters are posed a little weirdly (Cyrus' legs are, uh, non-existent). What's the deal? Was Octopath artist Naoki Ikushima commissioned to make the piece on a day he resolved to take a break from drawing proper anatomy?

Nope. The Octopath crew in the mysterious new piece of art is arranged in such a way that they shadow Airy the faerie—the mascot for Octopath Traveler's sister series, Bravely Default.

Neato! Is a follow-up to 2016's Bravely Second in Square Enix's future, then? Maybe. If Octopath Traveler moved this many copies this quickly, Square Enix is probably already drawing up plans for its new series and / or new orders for the team behind it. I suppose it might also just be another benign salute from Ocopath to Bravely Default—see Tressa's exasperated "Mrgrgr!" for another—but I Want to Believe.™

Don't forget to take a peek at our substantial Octopath Traveler guides. You're going to want to read our Octopath Traveler review, too.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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