Naotaka Hayashi won’t be returning in Bravely Second as the scenario writer. Instead, Bravely Default producer Tomoya Asano will be helping out on the scenario together with assistant producer Shinji Takahashi. Tsukishima who was the mastermind behind the Bravely Default novels will help supervise the scenario writers. And finally, Kensuke Nakahara, the game’s designer, will be directing.
Revo, who produced the music for the original Bravely Default, won’t be contributing in the sequel due to scheduling conflicts. However, Square Enix has revealed in Famitsu that Super Cell’s Ryo will be in charge of the music for Bravely Second. Interestingly, certain tracks from Bravely Default will return and there will also be a demo for the game once it’s nearing release. Ryo’s tracks will feature in an upcoming trailer for Bravely Second which will hopefully be released soon.
Square Enix has announced on the official Japanese Bravely Default Twitter account that the well-received JRPG has sold one million copies worldwide. Bravely Default sold 400k in Japan, and 600k in the west. It’s clearly good news for Square Enix and bodes well for the future of the franchise.
Square Enix has confirmed in Japanese publication Jump that Agnes Oblige will be making a triumphant return in Bravely Second. At the moment all we have is the scan, but we should hear some official information from Square Enix themselves sometime next week.
Silicon Studio together with Square Enix has updated the demo for Bravely Default: For the Sequel in Japan. Released last year, the Final Fantasy-esque RPG demo can be downloaded from the 3DS eShop from July 28 and will feature up to chapter four – half of the entire game. But for those who wish to purchase the final four chapters, the demo can be upgraded for 2,000 yen, which also unlocks the superb voice acting.
Given that the game’s second half has been heavily criticised for its mundane and repetitive play, it’s an odd move for Square Enix. Yet with Bravely Second in development and the game’s producer Tomoya Asano saying that new information would be revealed this summer, the marketing push from Square Enix is clearly a purposeful move. Do you think this is an odd – or clever – move from Square Enix? Let us know in the comments below.
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.