New Bravely Default Demo Lets Players Adventure Up To Chapter Four

By Spencer . July 7, 2014 . 2:27am

imageAfter a game is released usually publishers stop promoting it and move on to the next pre-order. Bravely Default is an exception since Square Enix is still coming up with new marketing campaigns for the RPG.


Originally released in Japan in 2012, Bravely Default was re-released last year with tweaks and extra language options as Bravely Default: For the Sequel.


Starting on July 28, an extended demo of Bravely Default will be available in Japan that lets players go through the first four chapters of the game. Players can purchase an upgrade kit for 2,000 yen if they want voice acting and to play Bravely Deafult’s fifth chapter and beyond.

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  • E.T.993

    If only it ended at Chapter 4…

    • Franggio Hogland

      Meh, it wasn’t that bad. You could ignore everything and just go for blue and skip nearly all battles. Or do as I and watch every different variation there was.

      Never understood people who, sorry, whined(fake edit: Sorry if you took offence but read the exchange further down below and you’ll see why I think many are just whining) about it. It was basically 5-10m of unnecessary gameplay per chapter if you really disliked the groundhog idea.

      • Xerain

        The reason is S-e has bred a culture of completionism into their fans, whereas BD seems it was designed with the idea that all but the most dedicated players can and would skip the blue dots in the later half of the game.

        However, missing a hidden event and intentionally skipping an event are two very different things. And most RPG players would sooner fail to complete the game than knowingly miss something optional.

      • Black Is a Status

        I actually enjoyed the game until the groundhog idea, that turned me off and I never finished it. That was lazy writing. too many ways they could have went with the last few chapters

        • Land of Green Pasture

          Neo SE being Neo SE

      • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

        It was at least 30min up to over an hour per chapter, depending on which chapter you’re doing if you skipped all the optional fights. The least they could have done was change parts of the dialog but it was mostly the same. And the plotholes…
        I refuse to believe that any of the reviewers that gave it above 90 scores actually played this game past chapter 4. They probably just played 20 hours of it and decided it was great because the beginning was admittedly really good and called it a day.

        • Franggio Hogland

          Thing about fait is that your free to believe whatever.

          • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

            Thanks for that insightful comment.

          • Franggio Hogland

            Well you asked for it.

        • Destiny13777

          It wasn’t that bad personally, only chapter 5 felt sluggish, the rest had some fun interactions, especially when they let you fight multiple bosses. I still say it was really enjoyable as a whole.

          • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

            It was. But it would have been genuinely good if they didn’t let the writing take a nosedive for not much of a reason. I can only imagine how painful to play the original Bravely Default must have been without the encounter settings and speed up feature.

      • If people didn’t whine about it, they’d probably do it again with the sequel. Sorry, but bad content is bad content, even if the main portion of it is short and you can skip things. Some people hate having their time wasted with unnecessary padding.

        • Franggio Hogland

          And some loved the small variations.
          Seeing how people reacted differently, what could have been, what wasn’t and what was. Getting the final hint for the final summon(which I already found by accident), more back story for each character. Yes I liked it.
          So in other word not useless to me and we’re back at it being subjective.

          Of course they could probably do it even easier. Warp buttons, skip awakening ritual and so on but every little extra story detail, those pages and such was useful to me.

          • You liked it, cool. No problem there.

            And yet many people didn’t. Your comment is you telling people that they’re whining about something they didn’t like. You aren’t discussing subjectivity at all. Rather, your passing off your opinion as fact and calling people who don’t agree whiny.

            From my perspective, people just didn’t like the way the entire sequence was structured. It has nothing to do with the subtle variations in each chapter, which in many cases weren’t variations at all. They had an interesting idea, but they didn’t flesh it out enough. For some people, myself included, that really sucks.

            I’m also sorry to say this, but the storytelling in this game is abysmal. Yes, we’re back to subjectivity, but at least in my eyes, the way the story was handled was so bad that the reward for the content is ultimately worthless to me. Had the story been told better with more likeable characters, I’d probably feel completely differently about it.

          • Franggio Hogland

            Made it very clear that it was my opinion, well at least I thought I did. And yes when you just utter a whining notice of dislike instead of saying why you felt it was bad it stays as whiny instead of criticism, IMO. Another stepped in and said the facts where that it was bad and refused to believe anyone who played the whole thing would be different. I replied to the piss with piss, not a firm believer in the high road.

            I can agree with the presentation being below average. The pages where top notch IMO though.

          • King Dedede

            Some small dialogue differences doesn’t change anything, it’s still the same gameplay, the same battle you fought long ago, the same generals and the same reused dialogue!
            Do you really think complaining about this is whining? We just want some different stuff to happen!

          • That’s the way I choose to see it. I’m not even that upset about it to be honest. They’re making a second game, plus they went out of their way to ask for feedback, so clearly the developers are open to what people have to say about it. Everybody is different and some people will be seriously bothered by it while others won’t. But regardless, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking for something better. All I want is for them to make better structured content. I don’t think it’s whiny of me to ask for that.

          • Franggio Hogland

            No what you did was critique. What many others do is whining.
            “I don’t like it. It’s bad and everyone who disagrees is wrong or don’t exist because it’s bad” <— this is whining. I'm also whining a lot about different games. I try to better myself….thats a lie I'm still a giant man baby ^^

            as KALiverin said below though, they are taking/took feedback so instead of only saying they did a piss job say why you thought it was poor. Or in Disqus manner upvote the one with a cohesive thought that can explain what you feel better.

  • D-Omen

    Forty-hour demo.

    • natchu96

      *looks at Soul Sacrifice demo*

    • Been there with Etrian Odyssey demos…almost.

  • Guilherme Matheus Silva

    Four chapters is virtually the whole game!! Except the turnabouts…

  • Suriel Cruz

    “the creme dela creme!”

  • NegativeZero

    The first four chapters? That’s basically the whole game, the bulk of the actual meat of it is in there.

    • Xerain

      S-E has this problem where Bravely 2nd is a direct Sequel, but so few people finished the first game. I see this as another move towards getting more people to finish the game.

      If you play Chapters 1-4 for free, and then technicality pay for the rest, you’re going to be much more motivated to finish the portion you paid for… maybe?

      • NegativeZero

        You’d think they’d be smart enough to make the sequel accessible enough that people could play it without finishing the first one.

  • Godmars

    Sound s like they’re trying to build support for the ongoing franchise rather than the one title. Building up the fan cult as it were.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    complaining? that’s really crazy good

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    Just shortly before the whole game goes to shit, not bad.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      you can easily skip it all by nkt listening to airy

      • Except you don’t really get the ending you seek by doing that.

        • Christopher C

          yeah I went for that ending cause I didn’t want to do the alternative. Too repetitive. And I put in like 70 hours already and kinda just wanted to be done.

          • I did it.

            It was a labor of my GODDAMN LOVE.

            Or at least that’s what I told myself.

          • Morningstar

            You’d think Shiro Emiya or Archer could have helped with that labor of love :P

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            though it was repetitive it was still apart of Airy’s Plan and the game plot.

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          of course I got the True Ending

  • kyubey777

    Isn’t this sound like… Freemenium

  • Every time the last chapters of the game come up, I see people defend it by saying the side-content is optional and you can easily skip it all. But to me, something in a game being optional isn’t an excuse to create bad content. If I’m skipping side-content, it means the game developers failed to create meaningful and engaging side-content. To me, that’s a legitimate flaw of a game and serves as unnecessary filler, especially for someone that likes to complete their games.

    To be honest, I actually never got to chapter 5. The very idea of it turned me off the game entirely. But I don’t need to play it to know I’d absolutely hate it.

    I think this demo is Square-Enix admitting that they really screwed up.

    • Daniel Banks

      Chapter 5 onwards really isn’t that bad. The most boring part is Chapter 5. From there on, you have another Asterisk sidequest, an alternate bad ending, new scenes with a number of the villains, and a number of challenging side boss set-ups for Chapters 7 and 8. Not to mention a secret dungeon and a secret boss.

  • triablos

    Hope this comes to the UK because I still haven’t played this game yet. This game will never go down in price here will it?

  • Smart move. The game’s been out for a while, and this is effectively the equivalent of a Steam sale in Japan, given how cheap it is. They’re building an audience for Bravely Second, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how that game does.

  • So everything in the game before it becomes crap?

    • Nobody


  • Roger

    The last battle ”almost” compensates for the repetition.

    If the other *****s had different places besides battles and dialogues, though…maybe new would’ve turned so much better. Poor execution, but still I love it.

    • God

      Some mild spoilers there champ, mind editing them out?

      *Censored spoilers ahead*

      There were the optional battles, but the last one in chapter 8 simply made no sense… i mean, the dialogue afterwards, with you know who calling your party the “warriors of light” and telling them to go do something he believes may kill everyone and everything

  • Kuromadou

    “i’m so critical and deep, perfect time to post my critics to justify squeenix’s take on a decent JRPG is total failure ^__^”

    • Morningstar

      “I don’t follow the herd like the sheeple. I’ll just bash everything Square Enix makes since they’re sooo mainstream, while at the same time gushing about how Sonic ’06 is awesome.”


  • Buitronthecrazy .

    i hope this is a way for them to saying “don’t worry, we won’t repeat the same mistake in bravely second!”

  • AuraGuyChris

    I don’t know if it’s a good idea to release a demo containing half of the game and missing some features. Won’t that reduce sales instead of increasing them?

    • Buitronthecrazy .

      is a plan to boost the future Bravely Second sales.

  • I’m admittedly amused, since that’s literally half the game right there.

    Ah well, hope Japan enjoys the demo! I saw as well that the game’s price is getting knocked down to 2500 yen as well, physically.

  • British_Otaku

    I have a Japanese 3DS and paid good money for the game digitally.

    I feel cheated.

    This is an interesting act of good will, price experimentation and effort to get people on board before Bravely Second corrects all of the problems. I’m not past Chapter 4 yet, I went through the Detective Conan sidequest of mystery and murder, I’ve found it rough already before the part everyone hates, but as long as they aim to improve on that I’ll look forward to it.

  • Jero

    Game’s been out for too long in japan already and this type of games are very niche so everyone who’s interested in the game already got it.

  • Guest

    Loved the original demo, never got a chance to buy the full game yet might try this out.

  • MK

    That’s basically the entire good side of the game. After that it is mostly repetition.

  • Kornelious

    Well that’s interesting…..But the game isn’t that cheap now so I would probably be more worthwhile to buy the whole game instead of buying the upgrade, and then realizing that you love it so much that you want to buy the full version…..And then end up paying more X(

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    They’re letting people play the entire game for free? Gee, I should’ve waited.

    • Buitronthecrazy .

      nope, just the half of it.

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        Have you played it? Chapters 1-4 is the entire game.

        • Buitronthecrazy .

          look, i know you hate the loops, but it not a good reason to act like chapter 5-8 never existed.

          • Skeptika Crediblus

            Wow, what? You don’t know anything about me.

            Look man, I know what they were trying to do narratively, but they went about doing it the wrong way. A progressive boss run towards the finish wasn’t the way to do it. A run through more dungeons and narrative events is. They dropped the ball by making 3 solid chapters of boss battles punctuated by bits and pieces of exposition. That’s why people were/are dissatisfied with it.

          • Buitronthecrazy .

            they had not budget, that is why they did that (and why in the upgraded version they try to fix it by adding extra dialogue), luckily, because the success of BD everywhere, they now have a real budget for Bravely Second.

          • Skeptika Crediblus

            On the one hand, it’s not as bad as Xenogears’ cobbled-together last disc (at least that one advanced the plot without repetitious boss fights), but on the other, it could’ve been handled better. They didn’t need to go through a time warp 3 more times to realize that hey, they’re in a time warp.

            Unlike that episode of Space Dandy, where it took them dozens of loops to figure it out….

  • cj may

    so you get to play the best part of the game for free…huh

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