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Octopath Traveler making waves on Amazon. Why?

Oct 25, 2017
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Beyonce's Womb
#1
UPDATE:

Game is out. Time for an update.

US: #3 (sold out)
JP: #3
UK: #1
FR: #1 (sold out)
ES: #1
GE: #6
CA: #1

ORIGINAL POST:

Best Sellers in Video Games: Amazon (as of this posting)

JP: #2
US: #3
FR: #3
ES: #5
UK: #20
GE: #21

Were we expecting this game to have such a presence on online charts across the globe? Especially considering it's not out yet?

If the game turns out to be a big success, I can see it having an impact on future SE projects, not only on Switch, but also on PS4 where they seem to be in need of guidance.

I remember some people complaining about this game not being worthy of a $60 price tag, but looks like the GP are seeing value in it.

Are you shooketh by its early success?
 
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Oct 26, 2017
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1. Exclusive games get a ton of hype if they look really good.
2. There hasn't been a big budget game that's looked like this in a while.

Would expect it to sell between 2m-3m if it gets above an 85 on Metacritic.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#5
The demo reception has been incredibly good / the demos themselves were super generous. Anecdotally, I have a fair few friends who aren't interested in JRPGs at all but are picking it up, which is really impressive to me.
Areth you shooketh byth iteth earlyist successeth?
Fixed that for you, because that village really is a fucking localisation mess.
 

Hate

Member
Oct 26, 2017
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#10
Not a single notable game is releasing this month. Everything else seems niche and exclusive games always gets some hype.
 
Nov 4, 2017
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#11
Because the last bigish-budget turn-based fantasy JRPG that I can think of was Bravely Second. Give us more of what we want, Squeenix!

(Also if there are some fantasy turn-based JRPGs I missed, I'd love to hear about them).

Edit: my phone corrected "Squeenix" to "Squeegee remix"
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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#13
Third party games on Switch will sell amazing well when the fans see an effort and they have the benefit of launch marketing,

Putting old ports (unless date and date remasters) on the console with zero marketing is clearly not the path to success on Switch or any platform.

We want exclusive content, effort, we want games that release the same time as other platforms with features unique to our platform like Starlink.

There is no mysterious audience that buys Switch games. 40% of Switch owners in the US also own PS4's. It's called the hardcore fanbase and if you want to sell games you need to market them.

This is why MS/Sony are tripping over themselves and offering publishers money hand over fist to get marketing rights on multiplats. If a game is not marketed to a certain platform it nearly becomes invisible to said platform in comparison (Destiny on XB1 compared to PS4 for instance).
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Considering that Square Enix already supports the console and an entire division was created for it (with Octopath Traveller being the first game) I think so. The game will probably experience more than Bravely Default.
 
Jan 15, 2018
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I'm definitely picking it up. This is basically going to be my summer break game. I hope I'll love it as much as bravely default.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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CT
#20
They have the first 3 hours of the game available online that you need to play 3-4 times to see all the content in. It’s probably one of the best demos to sell you on a game in a long time. Mix that with how original it looks in a very light month for big releases and boom sales.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#22
It looks great, had extremely well-received demos, exclusives generate hype and it's releasing at a time with very few other games of note. Perfect storm.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#24
The Switch has a nice amount of RPG so far, way better then the Wii U and on par with PS4 in the same time frame.
XC2 has done great, YsVIII is also doing solidly based on early impressions.

JRPGs just sell well on the system.
More talking new releases, in comparison with the other systems. I get it's only a year old, but regardless in terms of brand new content it's fair to point out a lack of exclusive RPGs on Switch
 
Oct 26, 2017
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#25
I eagerly anticipate the wave of backlash against a solid game that is aimed at older fans of classic JRPGs.

Honestly from what I’ve read it seems like a lot of people want to naysay this game and want it to fail commercially.
 
Apr 21, 2018
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#27
It's been shown at multiple Nintendo events, including e3's, Directs, and the Switch unveiling in January 2017. It's been a highlighted exclusive since day 1.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#31
I hope it does well but I'm tempering expectations

it's a niche game that appeals to a certain age gamer who played jrpgs on older consoles like the SNES. it should have some appeal beyond that but how much, who knows

I'm all over it, that much is certain. game looks amazing.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#38
It seems weird to me to make a thread for something like this. Why do any games perform well on online retail sales charts? Because it looks like a really good game and Nintendo and SE have been actively supporting and promoting it for quite a lot of time now. It's something we've seen and been waiting to release since the initial Switch reveal.

Is it a huge surprise that a classic RPG from a company originally known for classic RPGs is doing well?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#42
I think the demo is the reason it's charting so high right now. It shot up the Amazon charts in the US soon after that released.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#44
  • Nintendo is advertising the game in video ads on the internet
  • 2 demos with positive word of mouth
  • unique and catching artstyle
it's not a guarantee of success, but when it works, it's pretty visible when it does
 
Oct 27, 2017
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#45
3 hours flew by while playing the demo. JRPG fans, don’t get many games like this anymore, somehow, the biggest studios moved from this type of game to some idol pop big budget not what jrpg plays like mentality (cough FF). It’s good to see it back.
 

Vishmarx

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Oct 26, 2017
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#46
3 hours flew by while playing the demo. JRPG fans, don’t get many games like this anymore, somehow, the biggest studios moved from this type of game to some idol pop big budget not what jrpg plays like mentality (cough FF). It’s good to see it back.
I mean the same company that made FF is also making this and DQ11 so....im not sure what your point is?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#47
And YsVIII is just above it despite that it didn't appear on the eShop basically until its release date.

The genre is doing pretty good on Switch.
It's no surprise when the Switch had Zelda, Skyrim, Xeno, Disagea and a host indie rpg's in the launch window.

You want to sell a genre on a platform, build a genre fanbase on a platform.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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It's had a pretty positive response to all marketing, from initial reveal, to the demos and previews. It's probably going to do very well for a JRPG with that kind of budget. It's not a mystery.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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#49
It seems weird to me to make a thread for something like this. Why do any games perform well on online retail sales charts? Because it looks like a really good game and Nintendo and SE have been actively supporting and promoting it for quite a lot of time now. It's something we've seen and been waiting to release since the initial Switch reveal.

Is it a huge surprise that a classic RPG from a company originally known for classic RPGs is doing well?
The perception is that we haven't seen AAA caliber classic rpg in decades
 
Oct 26, 2017
7,047
#50
What else is coming out this month? It should be top five everywhere.

3 hours flew by while playing the demo. JRPG fans, don’t get many games like this anymore, somehow, the biggest studios moved from this type of game to some idol pop big budget not what jrpg plays like mentality (cough FF). It’s good to see it back.
Yeah I wish SE can make game like this... oh wait.