Back in September of last year, we discovered that for whatever reason, Octopath Traveler 2 wasn't scheduled for a release on Xbox, despite having been announced for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Unfortunately, that still seems to be the case as of right now, and that's especially disappointing considering that the reviews are so good! The majority went live yesterday, and there have been some huge scores flying around already.
Here's what some critics had to say as part of their verdicts:
Nintendo Life (9/10)
"Octopath Traveler II is a triumphant and confident follow-up to its predecessor, building on the established foundation with welcome new ideas and tweaks that make for an overall excellent experience. A strategic combat system, open-ended character progression, well-written stories, gorgeous visuals, and an incredible soundtrack all coalesce into one of the finest RPGs available on Switch to date."
Push Square (9/10)
"Octopath Traveler II presents enough rich, turn-based action to forgive its minor combat system flaws. It's a breath-taking work of art, filled to the brim with story and adventure, bolstered by a cast of incredible characters who will leave you wanting more at every turn. A masterfully crafted RPG."
Game Informer (8.5/10)
"Octopath Traveler II does what an excellent sequel should. Instead of breaking new ground left and right, it improves on the original in nearly every way and feels more confident about the stories it tells. There’s still room for improvement in some of its stiffer areas, but Octopath II is a sterling achievement all around."
It looks like the final Metacritic score for Octopath Traveler 2 is going to settle around the 85-90 mark, which places it around the same level (or higher) compared to the first game. Let's hope we get it on Xbox eventually, then!
Speaking of the first game, Octopath Traveler is scheduled to leave Xbox Game Pass in February 2023, and specifically on February 28th. If you haven't tried it yet, we highly recommend giving it a download over the weekend.
We'll keep our fingers crossed that Square Enix might bring Octopath Traveler 2 to Xbox in the not too distant future, but for the time being this is one RPG that we're really sad to be missing out on.