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Longtime Character Designer Leaves Square Enix


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,

Akihiko Yoshida”


IGN Reviews Bravely Default, Awards It With An 8.6

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


Bravely Default Available For Pre-Order 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.


Square Enix Showing Two Trailers At VGX Awards

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…


Bravely Default Developers Moved By Fan Anticipation From The West

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.”


New Dragon Quest Western Names Trademarked

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?

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Headed To Japan February 6th, 3DS XL Bundle Announced

dragon_quest_monsters_3ds_3ds_xlSquare 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.