Bravely Default II will feature only new characters, more mature story

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It’s been a long, long time since Square Enix enjoyed as good a relationship as it currently has with Nintendo, producing the likes of Octopath Traveler, Dragon Quest XI S, and, soon enough, Bravely Default II on Nintendo Switch. An assortment of fresh details about that last title were recently revealed in a new issue of Famitsu while talking to producers Tomoya Asano and Masashi Takahashi. Nintendo Everything has provided a giant bullet point list info dump of those details, but we’ll give you the highlight reel.

Bravely Default II is a fresh start with older characters and the potential for online features

Bravely Default II will feature an all-new cast with apparently no one returning from previous games on Nintendo 3DS. This decision, along with the decision to just name the game “Bravely Default II,” was made so as to invite and not alienate new players into the series. Also, the title has no subtitle so as not to provide any spoilers.

Notably, the main characters in Bravely Default II will be “older” characters, with the protagonists in their 20s except for Elvis, who is 35. This decision was reportedly made to more closely reflect the age of the audience playing the game, and the developers believe Team Asano games often attract players who are in their 30s now. In turn, the story will be more mature this time around. Although, there is still a strong storybook aesthetic to the art, as the developers want it to feel like the party is walking on top of pictures.

Lastly, when asked about potential online features of some kind, the developers said, “We’re not saying no,” and to look forward to more information. Additionally, another Nintendo Switch eShop demo is likely, and it will probably feature save importing to the final game like the Square Enix demo for Dragon Quest XI S, among others.

Nintendo Everything has many more random bullet points of information where that came from, so check it out if you’d like, but it’s mostly stuff you could have already guessed, like that Bravely Default II will contain new jobs.


John Friscia
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