Bravely Default: For the Sequel To Serve as Testing Ground For Follow-Up
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
For the Sequel version to be used, erm, for the sequel
A good number of RPG gamers in the West have no doubt been looking forward to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, the 3DS title from Square Enix that's performed well both commercially and critically in Japan. While we've been awaiting its arrival in PAL territories and North America, however, it's had a revamp — those territories will now receive a localised version of a new edition, Bravely Default: For the Sequel.
The natural conclusion when seeing that title is that it's a translation quirk, but the name is actually rather literal. Producer Tomoya Asano has explained to Weekly Famitsu (translated by Kotaku) that feedback from gamers will have a major say on key mechanics and ideas in the next title. These will include a combat system that "removes the concept of a turn-based [system]", improved visuals, new events and tweaks to make the general interface and experience more intuitive. Japanese gamers will have the chance to download the updated release at a reduced price, with the ability to transfer some or all of their save data, EXP and more to the new game. There'll also be the ability, in Japan at least, to tweak elements such as enemy difficulty and how often encounters take place.
This is the version that'll ultimately come to the West, and the fact it's a precursor for ideas in the sequel bodes well — positive sales results permitting — for further localisations in the future. For the Sequel really is there for the sequel, then; that's one way to get feedback while keeping gamers happy.