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Early last month, RPG fans were shocked to discover that the fan-favorite title Octopath Traveler had been delisted from the Nintendo eShop out of nowhere. The game was a big hit among critics and fans of the genre worldwide, releasing initially as a Nintendo Switch exclusive before arriving on other platforms later on. It seems strange, then, for it to be suddenly taken off of the eShop without warning. Fortunately, Octopath Traveler has made its return to the eShop, and the reason why it left in the first place seems pretty clear.

Why was Octopath Traveler delisted from the eShop in the first place?

At the time it was taken down, many fans noticed that the item page on the Nintendo Store website changed the publisher from Nintendo to Square Enix. This would explain why the game was briefly removed; the publisher had to be updated on the eShop listing. This change would have several effects, such as making the game ineligible for the Game Voucher discount. Therefore, the easiest solution was to delist the game until the exchange was completed.

Octopath Traveler has randomly been delisted from the eShop

Now that Octopath Traveler has returned, RPG fans playing on the Nintendo Switch can rest easy once again. While the theories around an upcoming bundle release with the sequel are exciting, the ultimate reason behind all of this ends up being pretty straightforward. All in all, everything has returned to the way it once was, and people looking to try the game out for the first time are now able to do so once again.

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Written by Abbie Maxwell

Lifelong Nintendo fangirl, Abbie holds a special place in her heart for video games. She has always strived to provide tips and tricks to make the experiences of those who share her passions that much better.