Bravely Default: For the Sequel Announced For 3DS [Update]

By Ishaan . August 28, 2013 . 9:00am

In the latest issue of Japan’s Jump magazine, Square Enix have announced an expanded version of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy for the Nintendo 3DS, and it’s releasing this fall.


The game, titled Bravely Default: for the Sequel, will include new story events, new controls, three save slots and additions to the battle system such as the ability to use an auto-mode for faster battles. Battle speed will be up to four times faster. The game will also have an option to pick a different difficulty level.


Bravely Default: For the Sequel will be released in Japan on December 5th for 4,990 yen at retail and for 2,990 as DLC for . Players will be able to use their save data from the original Bravely Default in the new game.


Update: Siliconera reached out to Nintendo to ask whether this is the version of the game they intend to publish in the west, or whether they will be releasing the original Bravely Default instead. The publisher declined to comment.


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  • chibidw

    Sigh. Looks like Square is going full Capcom on the game.

    How many years until we don’t get this one?

    • Slayven19

      How are they going full capcom when they have done this since the 90’s? Heck every kingdom hearts game on ps2 had another version to it and so did KHBBS. Not to mention FFXII and X had another version made after the original, so no they are not capcom they are who they’ve been.

      • chibidw

        Uh, no? That’s not even close to what I’m referring to.

        A re-release of a slightly modified version of the same game less than a year after release on the same platform the game was originally released on, that requires you to completely repurchase the entire game while it could have easily just been a DLC purchase – THAT is Capcom.

        Not “Square is releasing a completely re-mastered and revamped version of a ten year old Kingdom Hearts/Final Fantasy game on a newer system than it was originally released on”.

        (And yes, KH2 -> KH2: Final Mix is *exactly* the type of Capcomming I’m referring to.)

        • raymk

          But they have always done that, and bravely default has been out a year basically already anyway becausee this hits in december. They have always done re releases updates a year later with ps2 FF games.

          • chibidw

            And what exactly is your point?

            They’ve done it with other games……and? Where are you going with this? How does “they’ve done it to Final Fantasy” impact what they’re doing at all, or change what they’re doing here?

            It doesn’t change anything. They’re still pulling the same things Capcom does with their games, and we’re still never going to see it. The addition of these facts doesn’t change anything I’ve said.

          • Slayven19

            Because you said they were like capcom, which this method isn’t even exclusive to capcom or square themselves. Making releases doesn’t make you capcom, making an expansion every year of the same game makes you capcom, square enix doesn’t do that. So yes it does change what you’ve said because you are pinning the blame on square for being like another company they aren’t.

            That and this is retail and DLC as well so that means you didn’t even read the article well.

        • Herok♞

          reread the article it will be available as dlc

  • benhofb

    Welp, I hope this version will be the one we get in the states… But I guess since the US/EU release is already being translated, I am hoping high…

    • abysswalker

      Well the localisation was announced several months after the the game launched. I’m also hoping that when they announced it they were already working on this and so is the version we’re getting… a man can hope right?

      • GH56734

        The same happened with DQ:Monsters Jocker 2 Plus, and countless Final Mix editions (KH) or International editions (FF), Tales of games (Phantasia, Destiny, Symphonia, Vesperia.. won’t count Hearts and Innocence since they were never localized before), and even Nintendo’s Animal Crossing e+, and Professor Layton Friendly versions (for PL 1, 2, 5).

        It’s highly unlikely. Usually Square only included said content when they were the ones localizing AND only (and rarely) for the last released western version.
        (If you overlook the HD remakes for Symphonia, FFX/X-2, and KH1.5, but this is an enhanced version for the same system).
        Best case scenario would be getting it as translated DLC.

        • abysswalker

          I was aware of some of the examples you point out but there are a lot more… well let’s hope we at least get the DLC even several months after release

          In the worst case we won’t get it but BD is still a solid game on it’s own and I’m definitely getting it.

    • But that means for US version they will need to get a new license for the game right? I don’t really know how this thing work so…

  • ronin4life

    “For the sequel”? You mean, like a between-er, or a “This needs to sell well for a sequel to happen” thing?

    • Neophoton

      The director already confirmed that they want to give everyone a chance to play a complete version of the first game before they release the sequel.

      Straight from the Jump article itself. Hope that helps out for a few of you guys. :)

      • デ オオカミ

        Do you happen to have a better scan of the article? I can’t read it at all >_>

    • Altin

      Dang son, too soon!

    • Arcana Wiz

      please dont think too much about SE titles. it only give you a headache.

    • Eric

      I think they should’ve went with ” ‘Fore the Sequel.”

  • Musashi234

    If this isnt the one we get in the States im going to be pretty pissed….

    • Slayven19

      We rarely if ever get international version of square games so we probably won’t see this.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        Then again, the times we do see International versions outside of Japan is beacuse they are made before their respective games have been released in certain regions. For example, the PAL release of FFX had features from the International version beacuse the PAL release was so delayed that they were able to localise the new features in the process.

        Considering Bravely Default STILL doesn’t have a solid release date in either NA or Europe, I wouldn’t be suprised if the version that ultimately ends up being released here will be “For the Sequel” rather than the original. That said, if that does happen, the game will no doubt still just be called Bravely Default.

        • Slayven19

          Its possible that can happen, I hope it does but I won’t be mad if it doesn’t.

        • Neophoton

          Kind of a weak example seeing as how much wasn’t added (from what I recall), but FFVII International was also the NA/EU versions.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            To my knowledge, the only thing the PAL release of FFX lacked (feature-wise) compared to the Japanese International version was the ability to play with a Japanese voiceover.

            Either way, the point is that, if we don’t see a release by the time this is out, we might get the “For the Sequel” version rather than the original. It wouldn’t be the first time something like that has happened. A non-FF example of this would be Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne; the version that NA (and later Europe) received was the Maniax rerelease rather than the original Nocturne.

            If I put on my cynicism hat, though, I suppose it’s entirely possible that they will only release the “For the Sequel” updates as DLC outside Japan in order to squeeze out some extra cash.

          • Neophoton

            Oh no, I meant my FFVII example is probably a weak one. Poor wording on my part.

            I’m suspecting either no FtS at all or DLC released down the line at best.

            Then again, the lack of a subtitle for the overseas release intrigues me.

          • Guest

            My comments keep getting eaten. :'(

            I meant “weak example” as in my FFVII one. Poor wording on my part.

            I imagine they’ll either keep it Japan-only or they’ll release it as DLC overseas.

  • JustThisOne

    Erm. I hope the name gets changed. I don’t have a huge problem with it, but it sounds a bit like a parody. Y’know, like “Final Fantasy: The Movie: The Game: But Then A Movie Again” or something.

    Buuut anywho, I wonder what prompted them to make an expanded version instead of a full fledged sequel? If I recall, the game did fairly well.

    • Maumac77

      The title itself gives you the answer really. “For the Sequel” should imply that there will be one.

      • JustThisOne

        I should hope so, but sometimes titles can be engrishy.

  • TheExile285


    • Arcana Wiz

      now please bring it here.

  • Did we even get the first one?

    • brian

      Not yet, but Nintendo was going to release it next year though now I wish they’d have maybe waited until this.

    • porkiewpyne

      If my memory serves me correctly, there are plans to bring it over to the West. :)

      • Slayven19

        Well your memory is shot because there was an announcement a long time ago that nintendo are bringing it to the west. Unless this is a joke post.

        • Arcana Wiz

          100% even the nintendo part, cause SE was unsure if they would localize it, and nintendo it’s helping now.

  • Ric Vazquez

    They should hurry up and bring the first game to USA and Europe instead on focusing on doing a second one!

  • porkiewpyne

    Sweet. Can’t wait. :)

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    The battles in the game are that slow that they needed to increase it that dramatically? (which Jump magazine, ultra, young jump, v jump, square?)

    • Rogerrmark

      It’s probably because of the shitstorm video game media is nowadays. Turn based and with lots of grind and all….IGN guys would easily take 1or 2 points from overall score,arguing it doesnt satisfy nowaday demand.

    • Neophoton

      Actually, you can hold down A to speed up animations. :P The battle system’s fairly quick on its own, at this point they’re probably just meaning to say they decided to speed up the standard animations.

  • Randgriz

    Great… if theres one thing that frustrates me is getting a localised version – then an expanded version pops out in japan later on. I mean – YAY!

  • Brion Valkerion

    Wow Squareenix just completely gave up with their titles haven’t they.

    • Ethan_Twain

      I’m still waiting for the 3DS Kingdom Hearts sequel. “Introducing Dream Drop Distance… DOUBLE”

      • GH56734

        No, please.. no. Kingdom Hearts 3DS doesn’t have a Final Mix version, and it’s not planned at all for now according to Nomura. It’s for the better, since it would be Japan-only like those for BBS and KH2 (best Final Mix version in the series).

  • BlueTree

    For the sequel… for the everyone else, please!

  • RazeXI

    “Battle speed will be up to four times faster”
    Maybe a better title is Bravely Default: super turbo edition?

    • Eric

      I think what they mean is that they’re going to add a feature where you can press a button and fast forward through turn animations. Sort of like what they added in FF XIII Zodiac Job System. You pressed L1, and they game runs at something crazy like 4x speed until you press L1 again. It was nice when backtracking or traveling looong distances, because that game was huge. Or simply if you’ve already played the game and want to get through some parts pretty quick.

      Edit: At least I hope that’s what they mean.

  • Slayven19

    Honestly I just want the game, the new features aren’t really that much more to make me care that we would miss this.

  • Nameless App 1989

    We better get this in America!

  • klkAlexar

    Oh! Since it’s DLC maybe we’ll get it. After all, Nintendo does supposedly love money.

  • SlickRoach

    Bravery Default: For the Sequel? How long does it take them to come up with these names?

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      Get ready for the sequel Bravely Default: For The Flying Fairies In The Successor.

      • SlickRoach

        Or the spinoff, Courage Quest: The Next Game

  • Niko Sandwich

    It sounds like this implements the fan ideas the developer said he wanted to include. Some said there were game-breaking aspects, like certain weapons or friend summons, so if they release this version in the west the difficulty may have been properly re-adjusted.

  • Presea

    Battles are sped up to be four times faster? Is the original battle system that slow or something? At any rate, I do hope this comes out in the west instead of the first release.

  • Tenshigami

    Considering this was announced while BD:FF is being localized, and after we waited so long, I really hope this is what we’re getting.

    I will be happy enough with the original version’s content but I’m also tired of feeling like Japan is pointing and laughing.

  • Please release this version in NA… I don’t mind waiting longer you know like how gods eater change to gods eater burst…

    And 3 save slot? How many save slot does the original have??

  • KingGunblader

    Of COURSE this gets announced after we finally get a localization announcement. I’m not even slightly shocked.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I bet we have to wait 2 years for this one also

  • AuraGuyChris

    I’m pretty sure this is the version we’re getting. It would explain why we have an absurdly late release date…unless I’m wrong.

  • Lemon

    If this is the reason why the localization is pushed towards the end of this year for EU and 2014 for NA, I see it as a cause for celebration.

  • James Enk

    just bring the game over already i don’t mind the version

  • Kelohmello

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the version we’re getting. I hope it is. Even if it’s not that’s fine.

  • Lazulis

    For the Sequel confused me a bit because I thought it was a sequel and not an expanded version…

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    So DLC?
    Ala Fantasy Life?

    • Barrylocke89

      That depends on if the game was built to accept that kind of DLC. I think if anything the new story events MIGHT be the most possible in that form. But then that would defeat the idea of Squeenix making a Director’s Cut.

  • Barrylocke89

    Aka Bravely Default: Final Mix.

    • – Plus

      (Pronounced “Dash Plus”)

      Just had to make a 356/2 joke in there.

  • Just let it come here and the Dragon Quests.

  • Pockystix

    now to figure out the secret message in the sub title!

  • I’m betting this is the version that will be localized. The content modifications harken back to the days of Final Fantasy games and such getting enhancements for their NA and PAL versions (and then being resold to Japanese consumers).

    • Rocket D

      I was thinking the same thing. By the time SquareEnix gets FF titles to the west it has already modified and made needed adjustments/changes/additions for western release. Then Japan would get an international version with even more content exceeding the west upgrades/content. I don’t think that exact process will apply here since BD:FF is already getting an expansion but cutting out the middle process I can see that we would get this content. It wouldn’t make sense to not get it otherwise since we have a long wait to see this game.

      Hmm, although Europe is getting this title this year? I hope that does not exclude their region from getting this content. Even though it’s DLC in Japan for those with the original title it would suck to have to spend more than necessary. Maybe this news explains why the US is not getting this game until 2014?

      • My guess is that the dev team started working on this expanded content specifically for or in tandem with the game’s localization, then decided to announce it as a new edition/expansion in Japan once it was far enough along in development. Or maybe they ended up making more substantial modifications than they originally planned and realized somewhere along the way that they could sell it as a new edition in Japan.

  • Ty Austin

    This or the first version, I’m happy we’re getting anything at all!

  • SirRichard

    Now that’s just being cheeky.

  • Neophoton

    Not sure if I should invest in the DLC expansion or to wait until an overseas version is out to see if it’s the FtS edition.

  • WyattEpp

    And I thought “2DS” would be the silliest new name in gaming news today…

  • DuskSharkEX

    Wait. If I read this right, this update can be DLC for those who bought the original?

    • Brandonmkii


      • DuskSharkEX

        Thanks for clarifying.

  • Göran Isacson

    So they call it “For the Sequel”… yet it’s an expansion, not a sequel.

    my poor mind and how blown it is. Still, hoping this is the version we in the West get. I suppose it all depends on timing- if they’ve been planning this since Nintendos localization announcement, it may suit them better to localize the updated version as it’s being produced.

    • SerendipityX

      Its okay, all you need to know is that Bravely Default is the like Prologus Dissidia Dududecim to the Dream Drop Distance for 358/2 days.

      • Göran Isacson

        …. That sentence sure contained a whole lot of words that I am sure makes sense to someone out there in the world: but not I. To clarify: how does Dream Drop Distance relate to 358/2 in this instance? Or is there a joke here that I’m not getting about how Square Enix usually gives their games ridonkulous titles?

        • SerendipityX

          Sir I have absolutely no idea what I typed and yeah it was a play on Square’s ridiculous titles~

          • Göran Isacson

            Aah, then I get it. My bad.

    • “For the sequel” could imply that there is a sequel coming, and that maybe this is being put out in order to keep the franchise relevant or on people’s minds in the meantime.

      • Göran Isacson

        Ha ha, if that is indeed the case then this may actually be one of the most HONEST and straightforward titles Square’s given it’s games in… heck, years.

  • Neophoton

    Hmm, my comment got eaten.

    Anyway, I would consider getting the DLC expansion, but for $10 more, that could net me an English copy of the game. I think I’ll wait it out and see what the overseas version is like.

  • Arcana Wiz

    SE will certainly will localize this version at least as dlc later, wont they?

    sees x, X-2 XII internation versions…..


    sees KH final mixes….

    • ReidHershel

      Nintendo is doing the localization and knowing them, they probably new about this ahead of time.

  • ReidHershel

    “Publisher declined to comment” = Totally this version.

  • ragingmerifes

    I hereby declare August 28th the Day of Terrible Name Ideas, after this and the 2DS.

  • Lumi

    … Typical SE. Not complaining though if we are getting the expanded version from the start. Hope the same goes for Fantasy Life as well.

  • EmoryM

    Declined to comment? Sounds like we’re getting the old one.

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