Bravely Second’s Success Will Be Crucial To The Future Of The Series

By Sato . December 30, 2013 . 10:33am


Square Enix producer Tomoya Asano recently stated that he’d like to continue releasing a new Bravely game each year, but it doesn’t seem like he’s getting too ahead of himself just yet, as he has briefly mentioned the importance of how the second game will affect the future of the series.


During a special end-of-year interview with 151 developers, 4Gamer asks the Bravely Default and Bravely Second producer to share some of his thoughts going into the year 2014.


“I believe that the future of the Bravely series will really depend on the success of Bravely Second,” states Asano. “With that in mind, the year 2014 will be a very important year. Without forgetting the major premise of making a good game, I’d like to keep doing more, so please keep an eye out for us!”


Bravely Second is currently in development for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Life and hometown

    They say this about every game, LOL.

    • ThomasTruong

      Was about to say, didn’t they say this with the first game… and then made an update that even implies an urge for a sequel?

    • LastFootnote


      News flash: if a game doesn’t sell, they are less likely to make a sequel!

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Came here to say the same thing

    • Lester Rat

      Offering pre-order exclusives was not enough to force fans to buy the games as soon as they are released, so now they found a new way by blackmailing the fans.

      “If you don’t buy it immediately, you will never see this game series again.” In this industry where all that matters is to post results in the quarterly report the game was launched, all we see is companies marketing, selling bonuses and even framing the customers instead of providing a superb product where word-of-mouth may generate legs and create long-standing ips, not quick fads.

      • FlyingPony

        Its pretty simple, actually. When not enough demand, nobody right in mind will even make the game. I know the way they mention it sound like blackmail, but that is how business work.

        Since we are the one that demaning the game, its only right move for us to buy the game, and try our best to make people around us to take notice of the game. Build the fanbase, so our next demand (bravely third and so on) will not be ignored because there is no profit to make. Not due to greed from their part, don’t forget a company do need some amount of profit, they have to pay for their infrastructure and workers after all, and failed to obtain profit can lead to the employees get fired and at worst, bankruptcy.

        And if the next Bravely Default sucks, deal is broken and we can simply stop buying their product. And give the proper feedback why its sucks so it can return to its former glory.

        But since currently SE doing a good job, so I’d say if you enjoy Bravely Default, buy it so the developer know there are enough people out there enjoy their game. Enough so they are confident to spend another large amount of money to make the next Bravely Default, which ultimately, will be enjoyed by us.

        • Lester Rat

          Completely disagree. We are not demanding anything. The serialization of every IP is just the result of consumers rewarding mediocrity in the past. RPG fans don’t care whether SE next game is Bravely Default XVI, Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest XI, Vagrant Story II or a completely new game, as long as it is good.

          Serialization is often just a cheap way of advertising and selling games, and this kind of blackmailing is the worst kind of abuse a company make over customers.

          If you feel that it is your job to immediately buy their games and even wasting your time to convince the others to buy their products because you believe SE is only making BD2 because “fans asked for it” and now you must do whatever you can to make it profitable, including buying more than one copy, you have become just a corporate pawn. It is their job to create a good product, appealing to the masses, and sell it. You should never feel any hint of guilty if they never made another BD game or even gone bankrupt. You are only guilty if you pirated or stolen their products.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Bravely Default get over here already!

  • Pockystix

    Well, you have my money.

    It’s about the only game series being released by Square that I want to get day 1.

  • Getting a tad bit ahead of ourselves though… Still need bravely default to come out in North America first~ :P

    • hng qtr

      He said the future of the series, not the future of the series worldwide. Square Enix clearly don’t care as much about localizations as we do.

      • Well, that’s a given since its more important for the series to do well in Japan than in any other part of the world. Although localization does affect the health of the future of the series in general as well. Hence, “a tad bit ahead.” Either way, everyone still has to wait until February.. :/

  • 하세요

    I just got my copy of For the Sequel today. Hope I like it.

  • CirnoLakes

    I’ll have to order a Japanese copy of this game, then.

  • icecoffemix

    Well yeah, of course. Question is how much is successful to you guys? Is it 10 millions in one week or bust like Tomb Raider?

    And will they milk the franchise dry if it ever got too popular, along with developer’s creativity with it? Is SE willing to support “just enough” popular franchise?

    • I think Asano has much more realistic expectations, but whether the higher-ups see it the same may be the real problem there.

      Ultimately, I am worried about SE trying to milk it more than I am Asano and co.

      • Samsara09

        they could be planing on turning bravely default the “kingdom hearts” of the 3ds.Would that be milking it?
        Well,as long as they do this job right and remember that the world ends with you is a “series”,according to nomura,I have no objections.


    I hope that they don’t limit this budding franchise to handheld devices. I would love a Wii U release (since it’s exclusive to Nintendo at the moment).

    • Pockystix

      I actually want to see spin-offs

      who’s up for a proper Successor to the PS1 classic Final Fantasy Tactics? I’m sure they could easily do it, they even have the artist lol

      • SiliconNooB

        I wouldn’t touch a FFT without Yasumi Matsuno’s involvement.

  • Anthony Birken

    Haven’t even got the first. They already have my pre-order money for the CE edition x2

  • Michael Cortorreal

    Hopefully everyone in Japan will consider the other half of the world before they say “this aint worth the shot anymore” since this has to be one of the coolest RPGs i ever played in a while.

  • Arcana Wiz

    So to decide to make a series it depends if the second game dont flop? how surprising /irony
    but aside that i wish them luck, Bravely Default is really looking interesting and is nice a SE game that return to the JRPG roots.

  • Michael Connell

    Here’s hoping the first game does well over here so that we get the sequel. Did my part in preordering the collector’s edition.

  • neocatzon

    I hope the future here is not between “milk it to dry with thousand spin offs” and “close it in oblivion forever”. Part of me wants it stays as a moderate success.

  • FlyingPony

    People, when the current Bravely Default and bravely second come out at your local shop, buy it, and spread the news to your friends and families. Talk about it in the internet as well, to show support on the games and to build fanbase for the game.

    By doing this, more people will get the game, and the fanbase will be large enough to avoid us (especially the westerner) to be left behind in dust, gameless when the next installment is out.

    • Suzaku Kururugi

      Can I try the games before spreading the word first?

      • Eric Cramer

        No soup for you!

  • gquain

    I just want to say that if they cling to the idea of Bravely Default and
    not losing trail to what made Bravely Default exceptional and unique,
    then they are on the right track.

    If I had the chance to write
    him an email, I would ask him to stay away from the idea to appeal to
    “western standards” and make it fit to their belief of western videogame
    consumption as this aspect makes a majority of JRPGs fail to meet
    expectations nowaydays.

  • EinMugenTenshin

    Take it to steam and it will happen.

    • CirnoLakes

      This might be seen as a port beg. And I’m glad you didn’t get in trouble.

      But I have to agree that it would increase sales. And it would be really nice to happen.

  • wahyudil

    I believed next year he will said that bravely series will depend on Bravely the third …. and fourth, fifth, etc

  • Eric Cramer

    151 developers? Sounds like pokemon in disguise.

  • Solace

    I actually kind of hope that they *don’t* make one every year. That sounds too rushed to me; I feel like they’ll get into a rut if they stick themselves to such a rigid release schedule.

    That said, I do hope the series continues. Just I’d be okay with waiting longer between releases if that gave them enough time to do it right.

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