Square Enix is planning to hold a live Japanese broadcast which will focus on the forthcoming Bravely Second. The event will showcase new footage and will also give the developers a chance to talk about the game. The event will be broadcast next Monday at 9PM JST.
- Europe: 2PM
- UK: 1PM
- USA (East Coast): 8AM
- USA (West Coast): 5AM
- Japan: 9PM
Square Enix have announced a brand new IP ahead of this week’s Gamescom event. The game is developed by Dontnod who are the developers behind Remember Me. The publisher promises that the game will be like nothing you’ve played before and will be released as digital episodic content. However, as a blow to Wii U owners the publisher stated that it’s for everything minus Wii U. The game will come to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
But what if we now announced an entirely new IP in the official Square Enix family? What if this title was wholly different to anything we have ever attempted before, both in gameplay and narrative? What if this title was released digitally as regular episodic content, with each new chapter building and evolving based on the choices you made in previous episodes? What if we now gave all of this a name: Life is Strange?
New information regarding Bravely Second can be found in the latest edition of Famitsu. There’s a wealth of interesting information contained in the publication including the fact that the game is nearly complete, but the team are concentrating on giving it some polish. The main concept resolves around Agnes and the team are intent on making the player feel as though they’re saving a princess. There will be a number of new jobs and also the return of some existing ones.
“Yes, you may have noticed by looking at the illustration, but this time, the adventure will be centered around saving Agnes, who gets taken away,” says Asano. He adds that the idea is to bring out a feeling of saving a princess.
“No, the Asterisk Holders who appeared in the first game won’t be changing,” says Asano. “Please look forward to seeing what they’ll be up to in the world of Bravely Second.”
“I’d really like to do that,” Asano replies. “I’d also like to release a demo for the game, so look forward to that, as well. For those who haven’t played the first game, there’s a demo that lets you play up to the first four chapters, so please go ahead and give that a try!”
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.
A recent trademark listing shows that Square Enix is busy developing a Prequel Trilogy for one of its beloved franchises. There aren’t any hints regarding which series it is that they’re planning to turn into a string of prequels, it could be Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Bravely Default, or one of their many existing franchises.
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.
Square Enix has given us a glimpse of the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest X. The popular MMORPG originally launched on the Wii U, Wii, and PC. However, Square Enix announced that Dragon Quest X will be heading to the Nintendo 3DS using state of the art online streaming via the cloud. The recently uploaded video gives us a mix of in-game footage splattered with CGI. Let’s just hope it makes it way over to the west.
Dragon Quest X will receive a physical retail release for Japan but a cartridge is not included. The popular MMORPG was announced for the 3DS last week and will arrive on September 4. It was thought Dragon Quest X would be a download-only title, however if you opt for the physical edition you will receive extra goodies. Rather than a cartridge, owners of retail copies will be provided with an eShop download code which can be used for 60 days of online play. Additional items included in the release are:
- Lemon Slime Board Prism
- Five large experience point ancient documents – which entitle players to 1,000 instant experience points
- A casino coin ticket of up to 1,000 casino coins
- A lottery card ticket – players will be randomly allocated in-game items
While we’ve still heard no further news regarding a western release, other than consideration from Square Enix, the 3DS version is the first online streaming game for the handheld. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the future if the 3DS version is a success.
Final Fantasy Explorers director Atsushi Hashimoto and project manager Takahiro Abe recently spoke to Famitsu about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. Hashimoto describes the game as an action RPG Final Fantasy with multiplayer as a possibility, but he’s quick to note that the game is different from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Here’s what they had to say about the game.
“To put it simply, it’s an action RPG Final Fantasy with multiplayer as a possibility,”
“When you think about a Final Fantasy series with multiplayer compatibility, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles comes to mind,”
“However, this game is a different from Crystal Chronicles, as it heavily focuses on multiplayer elements as a multiplayer online-type game that connects through local and internet connectivity.”
“Actually, no, the ability acquisition isn’t really connected to the jobs,”
“I thought that the idea of ‘I want to keep playing as a White Mage, but I must change to Black Mage in order to learn offensive magic’ was a little troublesome for this game.”
“Therefore, you can keep playing as a White Mage and learn Black Mage abilities. This might be a little different from conventional Final Fantasy games, but I felt that this would be a good idea when considering the trends of recent players.”