Octopath Traveler tabletop RPG randomly appears

Well here's a totally random surprise. According to Japanese outlet GAME Watch, Octopath Traveler is getting a tabletop role-playing game on February 28, 2022. As in a book of rules, to use around a table with pen, paper, dice, and other people to play through adventures under the guidance of a gamemaster.

Kind of curious to see Square Enix giving the go-ahead on a pen & paper RPG for this particular title. Although the focus on multiple characters present and their individual stories in the game, also gave rise to a multi-character mobile game (I'm guessing the gacha mandated that particular choice) called Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent.

Personally, I've been using the Octopath Traveler soundtrack in my own Dungeons & Dragons sessions, so the leap from digital to analog feels a lot more logical to me.

Still, it's odd, I would have sooner expected the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, or even SaGa series to get a tabletop conversion instead, but Octopath Traveler apparently continues to charm more people than expected. Great news overall, though I'm a bit fearful that an English translation won't be on the cards.