Determined to give us all the best RPGs with the worst, most nonsensical titles, Square-Enix brings us Various Daylife. Described as a “daily life and adventure RPG”, Various Daylife is from the creators of Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default. More below:
Developed by the creators behind Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default, Various Daylife is a new simulation RPG that transports players to the mysterious continent of Antoecia, where they must band together with fellow new arrivals to explore the land in order to expand and develop their settlement. Players can choose from over 20 jobs, and embark on expeditions with computer-controlled allies to uncover the land’s secrets and reap valuable rewards.
Though this game has the same nostalgic look as Octopath Traveler, it’s existence as a mobile title makes it something of a question mark. A wider audience will be able to play the game, but that audience might not find it quite as appealing as the people who loved these sorts of titles in the first place.
Having said that, it’s a bit of a disappointment that this studio has gone in such a direction. The head of the studio was once quoted as saying they wanted to release one game every year, but that doing so would require them to make more new IPs since it took them roughly four years to develop a single game. While Octopath Traveler was a gorgeous game and HD-2D an inspired idea, that title was locked off to Nintendo and PC fans. With future IPs, people were definitely hoping for the transition to PS4 and Xbox One, so it’s unfortunate that their “new” game this year is locked off to mobile. Still, Bravely Third and their next new IP will hopefully be aimed at a larger group.
Various Daylife is available now exclusively for Apple Arcade on iOS.