The global version of the mobile app Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent launched its first major crossover event after launching worldwide in 2022. Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent introduced four characters from the Bravely Default series as “Otherworld Travelers.” However, the decision to force fans to pay for attempts to summon these characters while decreasing their summoning rates was unpopular among the global player base, forcing Square Enix to apologize and make amends.

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The four characters added from Square Enix’s RPGs Bravely Default and Bravely Default 2 are Edea Lee, Agnes Oblige, Elvis Lesley, and Adelle Ein. Elvis could be unlocked for free by completing daily tasks, while Edea, Agnes, and Adelle appeared on summoning banners using the in-game currency called Rubies. Each woman appeared on a separate banner rather than all together, forcing players to spend a great deal of their collected Rubies across multiple skews. However, it was Square Enix’s decision to make these summon banners require paid currency that sparked the ire of fans.

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Players Must Pay for Bravely Default Characters

Adelle, a mercenary from Bravely Default 2, was the first character introduced, added to Champions of the Continent on October 5, 2022. Adelle is currently summonable via a “STEP UP” campaign, a specific type of summoning event that increases her appearance chance with each roll and gives bonus items needed to upgrade her. However, STEP UP requires Paid Rubies to use, meaning players must purchase in-game currency if they want to try summoning Adelle. The initial announcement stated STEP UP campaigns for Bravely Default’s Agnes and Edea would also require Paid Rubies to participate.

Fans complained, as Rubies are expensive to purchase even compared to other gacha game currencies. A single set of 300 Rubies costs $30 USD, with special 1,000-Ruby packs available for $99.99 USD. In addition, fans discovered that Adelle’s appearance rate increased only a small amount during the STEP UP campaign, coming to a 15 percent chance of receiving Adelle for five summons on the banner. However, in the Japanese version of the collaboration, Adelle could be summoned using free Rubies instead of paid, and summoning five times would result in a 50 percent chance of Adelle appearing.

Square Enix Responded Quickly to Champions of the Continent’s Controversy

Champions of the Continent players took to social media to chastise Square Enix for making such major changes in the global version of this collaboration, accusing the company of being “greedy” and favoring Japanese players. In response, hardly a day later Square Enix issued 300 Rubies as compensation to all Champions of the Continent players. In addition, it was announced that Agnes and Edea’s STEP UP campaigns, which begin later in October, would use free Rubies instead of paid. Finally, every player would get one free summoning on both upcoming banners.

While this apology satisfied some fans, others were still displeased. They pointed out that global players have generally received fewer rewards compared to Japan. In addition, the Western version of Champions of the Continent has neglected to add a number of useful 3- and 4-star characters, forcing players to spend more Rubies to obtain 5-star characters. Fans remain concerned, especially as the next collaboration in the global version of Champions of the Continent will bring 2B, A2 and 9S from Nier: Automata as summonable characters. It remains to be seen if Square Enix’s decisions will cause drama in future collaborations.

Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent is available now for Android and iOS devices.

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