We are just a few days away from the debut of Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch and old-school JRPG fans are eager to get their hands on it and see if it’s a title that does justice to the essential elements of that era. Recently, Masashi Takahashi and Yasunori Nishiki attended the Japan Expo event and talked about the origin of the game and the influences that fed it.
The French site Jeuxvideo interviewed, in the framework of Japan Expo, Masashi Takahashi and Yasunori Nishiki, producer and composer of Octopath Traveler respectively, who spoke about various related topics in the JRPG, among them, the context and ideas that originated its existence and the influence of other important titles of the genre. Both creatives revealed that they are 33 years old and that they were strongly influenced by the so-called “Golden Era of JRPGs in SNES”, from which they took on the style of play and art.
According to Takahashi, his entry to Square Enix was marked by this type of games and his intention was to do something similar, however, the company recommended that they are looking at more modern proposals. After a few years, the producer was able to work on projects according to his ideas and decided that he wanted to create a new IP in which he could integrate the game mechanics of one of the iconic titles of the genre. In that sense, Bravely Default is a spiritual successor of Final Fantasy V, Octopath Traveler is of Final Fantasy VI.
Subsequently, Takahashi revealed that the first demo of what we know today as Octopath Traveler was made with a simple pixel design, however, it did not correspond to what they had imagined and they decided to use Unreal Engine to include effects and current elements until achieving a mix that met its expectations.
Regarding the musical section, Yasunori Nishiki said that its biggest influence in terms of video game music is based on series such as Final Fantasy and SaGa. Also, the composer revealed that in his early work he found the doubt of adapting to world trends or following his style, which he told Nobuo Uematsu, the legendary composer of Final Fantasy, who suggested he follow his style no matter what else. Finally, Nishiki mentioned that the music of Octopath Traveler has a very marked influence of his love for classical music and among the composers who have served as inspiration is Johann Sebastian Bach.
Octopath Traveler will arrive on July 13 as an exclusive title of Nintendo Switch.