Bravely Second is the 3DS sequel to the hugely success Square Enix JRPG Bravely Default, released earlier this year, and developed by the guys who made 3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3, 2010) and Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS, 2009).
Check out the debut official trailer for Bravely Second.
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Bravely Second will retain the same gorgeous, water-color look with chibi-styled characters (Like in Final Fantasy IV DS) as in the first game, and will mark the birth of an all-new franchise of games that developer Silicon Studio hopes to continue every year with an annual new release in the “Default” series.
Here’s the Bravely Second image gallery.
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Town and battle footage is shown in the trailer, and fans get to see a glimpse at some of the new outfits and jobs that will be in this newest entry. Characters will also be slightly more realistic and a tinge less chibi (not by a whole lot though) than in the first game. And the developers maintain that Bravely Second will have a more adult look & tone.
Additionally, the composer from the first game (Revo) will not compose the sequel, instead Ryo from Japanese Jpop band Supercell, will write the music.
There is no release date for Bravely Second nor has it been announced outside of Japan, but it is likely coming to the West in 2015, especially given the high sales and excitement surrounding the first game.
Check out this debut gameplay footage of Bravely Second with the developers from the Japanese Announcement Event.
I’m sure they will fast-track the English translation of Bravely Second, as Bravely Default is a game that Square Enix did not expect to sell.
After it sold so well (over a million copies sold worldwide), Square Enix even stated that Bravely Default resulted in Square altering their modern company philosophy. It served as a wake-up call, and they realized they needed to go back and focus on making Japanese JRPGs that are completely Japanese.
They now understand once again, that it is Japanese culture that appeals to the West. Thus Square said they are going to halt much of their modern quest to be more “Western” that they had been heavily pursuing. Which is music to my ears.
I haven’t played Bravely Default yet but it’s on my list. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, a friend of mine bought it as one of the first games for his shiny new 3DS XL he purchased a few months back, and he has had nothing but raves to say about it.
I really dig JRPGs so this series is right up my ally, although I must confess… I’m not a fan of the “chibi”-type look. Even so, I think I’ll dig the Default series. Can’t wait until I can get around to playing it.
Are you excited for Bravely Second?