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Bravely Default Developers Deeply Moved By Anticipation From West


Bravely Default: For the Sequel, an updated version of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy recently released in Europe, is receiving stellar reviews from game critics, which appears to have taken its developers by surprise.


In reaction to the review scores the game has been seeing in Europe, the Bravely Default Twitter account tweeted: “Bravely Default is a game that was designed only taking RPG fans in Japan into consideration. We thought overseas expansion was impossible. Seeing this much anticipation moves me deeply.”


While Bravely Default may be targeted at the RPG fanbase in Japan, the improvements introduced in For the Sequel are the kind that would be appreciated by any fan of role-playing games. The game allows one to adjust its random encounter rate, adds more animation to the characters, adds more story events, and also features enhancements to its battle system that help the player get past harder portions of the game.


A number of these features were inspired by fan feedback, while others were inspired by features that are being included in the next Bravely Default game, which is presently in development.


Bravely Default will be available in Europe on December 6th. North America will see the game on February 7th, 2014. It is developed by Square Enix in collaboration with Silicon Studio.


[Correction: European release date corrected.]

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.