Xbox made headlines yesterday due to several new announcements, revealing that Outriders would be coming to Game Pass at release, Undertale would be debuting on its consoles, and several iconic Bethesda games had been enhanced with FPS Boost. Today, the team has unveiled another huge surprise for players, announcing that Square Enix’s Octopath Traveler will be coming to Xbox platforms via Game Pass later this month.
The port was made official via Xbox Wire, with the Microsoft-owned outlet revealing that Octopath Traveler will debut on both the console and PC versions of Game Pass on March 25. The RPG was originally released on Nintendo Switch back in 2018, before makings it way to PC and Google Stadia in the years following its debut.
For new Octopath Traveler players, the game is a turn-based RPG sporting an HD-2D aesthetic, using a blend of retro, sprite-based designs and modern visuals. The unique hook of the game is its structure, with players having to select one of eight adventurers complete with their own individual backstories and traits. As the game progresses, they’ll be able to recruit the other seven heroes, playing through their origins and evolving their specific abilities and skills. The game was generally well-regarded upon release, with critics lauding it as a loving homage to retro JRPG classics.
It won’t be the only game joining Game Pass this month, with Microsoft confirming several other titles will be added to the service throughout March. Undertale is available now, allowing players to venture through the underworld on Xbox for the first time, while Star Wars: Squadrons, Empire of Sin, Nier: Automata, and Torchlight 3 will follow on March 18. They’ll be joined by Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition, Supraland, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life on March 25. Finally, Narita Boy will close out the month’s lineup on March 30, launching on the service’s cloud, PC, and console variants.
The roster will be followed up immediately by the full release of Outriders, which hits Game Pass on April 1. People Can Fly’s upcoming co-op shooter has been a big talking point across the industry in recent weeks, especially after the release of the game’s demo. It’s a huge addition to the Game Pass library and one that will no doubt attract new players to the coveted Microsoft service. Outside of its newest additions, Game Pass has also recently bolstered its rankings with several iconic Bethesda games, including Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind, Dishonored, Fallout: New Vegas, and Prey.
Octopath Traveler is out now on PC, Stadia, and Switch, with an Xbox port slated to release on March 25.
Source: Xbox Wire