The composer for the Square Enix turn-based JRPG Octopath Traveler II, Yasunori Nishiki, has been gradually analyzing each track from the game. These brief passages were initially only available in Japanese. However, they have recently been receiving English translations, allowing Western fans to follow along with Nishiki’s thought processes with this beloved soundtrack’s composition.
Several details are highlighted, such as Nishiki’s personal preferences, instrumentation at select segments, collaborative efforts with other composers, and the connectivity between the tracks and respective characters or events. They’re all rather intriguing reads that I’m sure are especially enjoyable for professional musicians or those highly knowledgeable about composition.
You can read Yasunori Nishiki’s Octopath Traveler II soundtrack analyses via his Note page.
Octopath Traveler II is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
- In case you missed it, check out our full review of the game on Nintendo Switch.
Throughout this ambitious sequel, players control eight main characters who all face their own unique plights in different parts of Solistia. Further, they all boast unique Jobs, abilities, and even specific stories where duos of the cast interact with each other far more.
This feature was implemented following feedback from the first entry. Regarding gameplay specifics, every party member now has two Path Actions, changed depending on the time of day, adding further character variety and strategy to consider when on the road and in towns.
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