Square Enix’s latest handheld JPRG Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS is currently only $31.66 on Amazon. The well-received game generally retails for $39.99 and includes free shipping. Bravely Default currently has an average score of 85 on Metacritic.
The developer behind the greatly received Bravely Default has admitted that the franchise may not stay exclusive to the 3DS. Silicon Studio president Takehiko Terada said in a recent interview that the JRPG Final Fantasy-inspired title could “expand” onto other platforms, though a plan has not yet been set in motion. And while development for Bravely Second is six months under way, there’s still some time before a release date will be set in stone.
“We may expand in the future, but we don’t have a clear plan yet. We’re talking about that, maybe using other devices, but we don’t have a clear plan.
“We’re trying to make a stronger franchise, just like Final Fantasy. We plan to continue with numerous titles.”
Aside from Bravely Default, the company is also looking to keep their relationship healthy with Square Enix and hope to develop another “more realistic” title. Let us know what you think of Terada’s statements in the comment section below.
It’s has come to light that you can use the iconic Konami Code of up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A to unlock the Bravely Second teaser trailer in Bravely Default that you’re rewarded with at the end of the game. The code has to be inputted at the main menu. You should be warned that the teaser trailer does contain some spoilers about the fate of one of the game’s characters.
Bravely Default series producer Tomoya Asano has explained that Bravely Second will have more of an emphasis on story rather than exploration. Asano mentioned that Bravely Default and Bravely Second both predominately target adult audiences, much like Final Fantasy and to some degree, Dragon Quest.
“Asano also let us know that Bravely isn’t a series that is focused on exploration. Rather, it’s meant to be more of a story-driven experience. This is why Bravely Default doesn’t make enemies visible on the map—referred to as “symbol encounters” in Japan—and instead, opts to use an adjustable random encounter rate, in order to let players streamline their experience. This system will remain in Bravely Second.”
“Originally, showing exploration more naturally is not something we put importance on because [the game] consists of deformed characters walking on a deformed map,” Asano shared. “However, having symbol encounters is convenient in that it allows players to engage in battles at their own pace. The adjustable encounter rate accomplishes this.”
“An interesting point worth mentioning is that Asano says both Bravely Default and Bravely Second target adult audiences. Asano pointed to the adult audiences of both Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy as the target audience for the Bravely games. In the past, Asano and character designer Akihiko Yoshida have said that Bravely Second’s heroine, Magnolia, is turning out a little more adult in nature than Bravely Default’s characters.”
“On the subject of Magnolia, Asano said to us, “With regards to Magnolia, we wanted to focus on new characters rather than the current four. It should be interesting, so I hope you are looking forward to it!”
Bravely Default producer, Tomoya Asano, has revealed that the well received Bravely Default was originally going to be a sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on the Nintendo DS. Asano says that is why some similarities had been drawn between Bravely Default and Final Fantasy. Here’s what he had to say.
“I think that it’s possible that some of the similarity of item names are due to the fact that we originally conceived of this as a sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light; it might be just an artifact of that process. But there’s also some deliberate thinking about it as well in that we know that people that were fans of the Final Fantasy series, and there certainly were a lot of them, enjoy seeing similar elements, and we know that it’s fun for them.”
Bravely Default has been given a new promo in which the role-playing title’s principal battle mechanic is demonstrated via a real-life scenario. Viewers can interact with the video, which asks them to choose between two choices, mimicking the game’s “Brave and Default” system, which requires players to either elect to Default or to Brave. Bravely Default is available now for Nintendo 3DS.
Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians has a new team member, according to the game’s Kickstarter page. Akihiko Yoshida, known for his work as a character designer on the Final Fantasy series and – most recently – for Bravely Default, has joined the Unsung team.
Yoshida will be contributing to Playdek’s art department to deliver the tactical RPG to PC, Mac, Windows Tablets, and Linux if the $600,000 goal is met. Currently the Kickstarter campaign has raised over $436,000 and, with only 16 days to go, it looks as though the game will reach its desired platforms.
Due to an overwhelming support from 3DS owners, Playdek re-evaluated the game’s stretch goals and decreased the 3DS goal to $1.5 million from its initial – and rather hefty – $2.8 million target. Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians will tentatively release at some point in 2015.
Nintendo of America has uploaded the first television commercial for Square Enix’s latest Nintendo 3DS JRPG, Bravely Default. We recently reviewed the European version and awarded it 8/10. Bravely Default is already out in Europe and Japan and is due to be released in North America on February 7th. What do you think to the advert?
IGN has managed to get its hands on the Bravely Default – North America Collector’s Edition package and has subsequently produced this unboxing video for all to see. The Collectors Edition has sold out already at a few GameStop stores. Bravely Default is already out in Europe and is due for release in North America next month.
Nintendo of America has uploaded the story based trailer for the forthcoming Bravely Default on the Nintendo 3DS. We reviewed the game and gave it a solid eight. Bravely Default is coming to North America on February 7th and is already out in Europe and Japan.