Akihiko Yoshida, a character designer who originally came to work for Square Soft in 1995, has left Square Enix. His departure is confirmed by way of a message that was recently released in the Bravely Default art book in Japan. While Yoshida is leaving Square Enix, he will continue to work on Bravely Default series and hopefully its sequel, Bravely Second. Akihiko Yoshido was the lead artist and main character designer for Bravely Default.
“This is a personal message of mine, but I’d like to say thank you for all the support these past 18 years. I have decided to leave Square Enix, but I believe our relationship will continue going on.
And as long as I’m needed [laughs,] I will continue working on the Bravely Default series. Thank you for your continued support.
Bravely Default main character designer & lead artist,
IGN has reviewed Square Enix’s Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS and has given the game an 8.6 out of 10. IGN praises the game’s risk-reward battle mechanic, from which the game gets its title, the strategic elements of the game, which include the job system, the art style, and the “splendor” of the world. While IGN thinks the story is rather generic, it is still well-told and in a grandiose way. The voice acting is hit and miss, but overall IGN believes it is one of the more enjoyable entries into the JRPG genre.
“Bravely Default offers a handful of modern twists on what is otherwise a fairly traditional JRPG, albeit one that is exceptionally refined, characterful and well-made. It’s no revolution, and if random encounters and turn-based battles turn you off, you won’t find anything to change your mind here. But fans and open-minded newcomers will enjoy a substantial adventure that proves the JRPG is alive and kicking.” – David Evans, IGN
Nintendo of UK has released another Bravely Default advertisement. Bravely default is an upcoming Japanese RPG being released for the Nintendo 3DS by Square Enix. It releases December 6th in the UK and February 7th in North America.
The highly-anticipated Nintendo 3DS RPG from Square Enix, Bravely Default, is now available for pre-order in North America. On Amazon, as well as GameStop, you can pre-order the Collector’s Edition of the game. While on Amazon it is priced at $49.99, GameStop prices it at $54.99. Bravely Default is set to be released on the 3DS in North America on February 7th and in Europe on December 6th. The standard edition is also available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon for $39.99 a piece. Will you be pre-ordering the game? Let us know your thoughts on Square Enix’s upcoming Nintendo 3DS entry.
Karl Stewart, VP of Marketing at Square Enix, has announced that the developer and publisher plans to show off two new trailers at this year’s VGX Awards show later this month. One of the games is thought to be Thief, and the second game is rumoured to be something in the Tomb Raider franchise. Whether either of these titles will grace the Wii U remains to be seen.
Just reviewed the final cuts of both trailers we’re showing at next Saturdays @spiketv #VGX. Amazing stuff from the teams as ever. Cant wait
#MasterThief Don’t miss the #VGX live this Sat. We’re cooking up something special for you…
The developers from Bravely Default have announced via Twitter that they are genuinely moved by the support that Nintendo fans have given them regarding their forthcoming JRPG. The team initially thought bringing the game overseas would be impossible as they just didn’t think the interest was there. Clearly it is, and Bravely Default launches on December 6th in Europe and February 7th in North America.
“Bravely Default is a game that was designed only taking RPG fans in Japan into consideration. We thought overseas expansion was impossible. Seeing this much anticipation moves me deeply.”
Square Enix has registered a couple of trademarks which concern the immensely popular Dragon Quest series. The western trademarks are Luminaries of the Legendary Line and The Seeds of Salvation. It should be noted that all Dragon Quest games were revealed through trademarks first, so this is positive news. Could the Luminaries of the Legendary Line and The Seeds of Salvation trademarks be used for Dragon Quest X, Dragon Quest VII’s Nintendo 3DS remake, or Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D?
Square Enix has officially set a date for the release of the new Dragon Quest game in Japan. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 will arrive on February 6th, 2014, but the most notable aspect of its release is the announcement of a brand new 3DS XL bundle to go along with the game. The bundle is priced at 24,390 yen and will include the handsome-looking 3DS XL console pictured above, along with a copy of the game. The game alone will be priced at 5,490 yen.
Dragon Quest has been in the news frequently as of late, with Square Enix also recently revealing that the earlier installments in the series would be appearing on both iOS and Android smartphones. No word yet on a possible release of the new bundle in the US.
Nintendo has revealed that Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will arrive in North America during the first quarter of next year. The Nintendo 3DS role-playing game is scheduled to launch in the region sometime between January and March 2014. Unlike in Japan, where Square Enix distributed the title, Nintendo will publish the game in both Europe and North America. Bravely Default is set to release in Europe on December 6.
Bravely Default is set to take flight this Holiday season when it hits the Nintendo 3DS, but the game’s producer Tomoya Asano hopes a new feature will take the title to new heights. Speaking in an interview with Famitsu, Asano says the “Bravely Second” feature will act as a trump card, giving players the opportunity to get past tough enemies and progress through the story. He explains that the feature uses SP, which builds up over time when the 3DS is in sleep mode, and allows the player to pause time, in order to use an attack without the enemy striking back.
However, Asano said the Bravely Second feature needed a balance; SP only accumulates once every eight hours, permitting up to three uses of the feature in a day. For those who are looking to use this feature more than that, though, you can purchase SP drinks from the eShop, giving you a full whack of SP without needing to put your 3DS to sleep. The price of SP Drinks is still to be confirmed, but Asano assures that it will be priced adequately. Yoy can check out his comments below, but what do you think of the new feature? Bravely Default will be released December 6 in Europe and next year for North America.
“There’s a chance that all players could end up disliking it, so we really put a lot of thought into this one. With that in mind, the reason we decided to go through with the plan is because of our wish to have as many people possible beat the game. Some players might want to continue with the story but might not be able to beat the boss no matter how hard they try, and eventually give up on the game, which is the last thing we’d want.
“It’s for this reason that we also included the difficulty and encounter rate adjustments. Ultimately, it will be an item that will allow you to beat bosses, simply by drinking it – although we didn’t make it into some item that’s like a ‘bomb that instantly blows up bosses’ because we still want you to have fun with the game. Just to be clear, the game will allow you to use the Bravely Second up to two or three times a day, without having to purchase SP Drinks.”