Bravely Default II for the Nintendo Switch is currently on track to become the best-selling entry in the series. According to a Square Enix PR, the February 2021 release has now sold more than 950,000 units worldwide.
While this might not seem like much to get excited about compared to certain other Nintendo Switch releases, this is a big deal for Square Enix's classic-style JRPG series. The original Nintendo 3DS sold just over one million units in its lifetime, and Bravely Default II is already on track to surpass this amount in less than a year.
It's likely only a matter of time - especially now that Square Enix has revealed Bravely Default II is on the way to Steam next week. This will perhaps further increase sales of the game on Nintendo's hybrid platform, and hopefully, leads to future entries in the series and even re-releases of the older games.
In our review of Bravely Default II, we gave the game eight out of ten stars and said it was a well-crafted and expertly made RPG that was easily worth your time.
Have you added to Bravely Default II's sales on the Switch so far? What are your own thoughts about the latest entry? Tell us down below.
[source 4gamer.net, via resetera.com, nintendoenthusiast.com]
It wasn't that great. Octopath Traveler was much better.
This is a great game, much better than Octopath Traveler. It really makes me glad it's selling well.
This game was easily as equally good, not better or worse, as Octopath traveler (to stick with the the comments above)
Really glad it sold well after all. Already feared that it didn't do well
Also it's coming to PC soon therefore even more chance for the series to get more popular
Hopefully a million sales is enough for the game to be decently profitable. It'll definitely surpass sales of the 3DS version on Switch over time.
Anyone know what the minimum sales would be for a developer to say their game sale amount was good result?
And would they think an 8 out of 10 score is a good result?
> Bravely Default: 1.40 million
> Bravely Second: 0.70 million
> Bravely Default 2: 0.95 million
Bravely Default 2 should surpass 1 million sold on Switch alone very soon. The launch of the PC version and holiday sales should take it's total sales well above that of the 3DS original fairly soon.
Awesome. I still have to get this game, hopefully some time in the future.
@zool Depends on multiple factors. Not all games cost the same to produce, not all are expected to sell the same. Some receive a big budget for marketing, others get little if anything at all.
Some games may just sell hundreds or "merely" tens of thousands of units and still be considered successful... while others may sell over a million or two and still not meet minimum sales goals.
I still haven't finished my run of the first game I started in 2014. Got Bravely Second and this one so hopefully finish before I am on my deathbed.
@SmileMan64 @zool It's also SquareEnix. They are hilariously bad at accurate sales projections.
Tomb Raider didn't make it's money back because it didn't sell multi-millions, the whole Outriders situation?
Heck, the Hitman games sold really well and "didn't make enough money to be a success" so they drop the developers who make Hitman 3 on their own and it's profitable in a week.
So yeah. This game probably hasn't done well enough for them yet.
Such a good game, hopefully they wrap this up with a third entry and then move on to Bravely Third.
Bravery Default 2 was just OK. I’m not sure why I didn’t think it was great maybe it just felt stale. I can’t even give an explanation onto why. It checked all the boxes for a good RPG.
Looking forward to playing this. I wasn't excited enough for it to be a day 1 purchase, but I picked it up the other day when it was on sale for $30US on Amazon.
Sales usually dip by the third entry, however the PC release will certainly help this reach more people. Also Steam sales will definitely maximise the titles sales around Christmas, then next Summer.
Your comment convinced me to give this one a try.
I loved octopath, so i will love this one
Still haven't picked this one up, but I'm glad it's on track to do well. I really enjoyed the previous two entries on 3DS, though I didn't realize sales for Bravely Second, if that comment above is accurate, were that low. It's my favorite of the two 3DS entries thanks to its QoL improvements, though I really enjoyed Bravely Default as well. I didn't even really mind the bit that some complain about.
@The-Chosen-one try the demo out first if you get a chance! Would say it is a bit grindier than Octopath so if you're not a fan of the demo, save that money for the inevitable Octopath Traveler sequel
@moodycat that's exactly it. Promising start, I gave it a proper chance but so mediocre looking back on the first 30 or so hours.
I have not played this game or octopath traveller but I imagine it is either worse, better or as good as the that game.
Left the game after 15 hours. Nothing interesting enough happened yet....
I just bought it yesterday, waited until it was 50% off. After playing the first two and the demo I knew this was diverging I would probably enjoy but not love. So far this holds true.
Octopath traveler is definitely better. This is because the stories are more interesting (compared to the first two), there are more playable characters, and a slightly better battle system.
That being said, they both have great music and graphics.
I couldn't get into the demo so I never got it. At least, it seemed to me anyway, the demo had a level of complexity that the game would have gradually built up. I had to learn a mid-game level of battle complexity in the demo and I just wasn't into that. Might have been a good game but oh well.
I loved Octopath, but I personally felt that game to be the "grindier" of the two. Combat felt more fluid in BD2, plus speeding it up and using food to chain for xp made it go fairly quickly
@Classic603 Octopath was fine and all but it felt like a huge misstep after BD series. Why are the random encounters uncontrollable? Why were there so few jobs and why were the jobs on offer so generic? Why was there no interaction between party members (arguably the best aspect of the BD stories)?
Ill stick by what Ive said. The first entry is much better than any others.
@Andyliini @MailerBen The duality of man
Great game! I'm glad to hear it's selling well. I enjoyed all 70 hours I put into it (plenty of grinding) and hope to see a sequel someday.
Just picked this up today. Going for £25 physical new in the UK via Currys, if anyone’s interested.
Steam will be underselling. Graphics don't make a game good. The Switch works cause of its hybrid console. Steam isn't portable. As to compare the two they are different gaming graphics style and shouldn't be compared together.
Looks like a civil is about to break out between Octopath fans and BD fans, both games are good, this game feels like it improved in almost way over Octopath.
@SwitchForce Steam is portable if you use it on a portable device. Steam's a program not a piece of hardware. And that's before we even get to the upcoming specifically designed Steam handheld.
@Screen I'm fine with it if people like BD2 more, I just didn't. I thought the HD 2D was beautiful in OT, and the artwork gave me awesome nastalgia vibes. I enjoyed combat more in OT. I think a lot of the jobs in BD2 had passive abilities that were so broken, that they made the game absurdly easy. If other people enjoyed it I'm glad for them and if the sales help those people get more of these games made for them to play that is great.
Octo did look really good!
Sprites > Models
@Matroska Identify what portable device for Steam? SmartPhone is not consider a Portable gaming device. Steam is specific device without it how would you run Steam. Steam for most part is consider PC Gaming Desktop/Laptop with horsepower to play 60fps games. None as far as I seen are out there to do this.
Lovely game, soon beaten it. Love the battle system.
Yay. This is awesome. Good for BD2.
I wish they would re-release BD and BS for Switch but oh well.
How good is bravely default 2 ? I have it unopened as I just haven’t had time, I bought it with Witcher 3 , Crash 4 and both super Mario games . The latter three I can play whenever , but Witcher is awesome and long though. Heck I’m still playing xenoblade chronicles 2 , I am setsuna ,Legrand legacy , ff ten, fire emblem three houses , and no no kuni!
Octopath Traveler sold 1.5 million copies by March 2019, 8 months after launch, while Bravely Default 2 sold 950,000 copies by August 2021, 5 months after launch.
It seems like Bravely Default 2 sales are tracking 20-30% below that of Octopath Traveler, which is not too bad all things considered.
Will be interesting to see how much Project Triangle Strategy sells when it launches.
This game and Octopath Traveller are good, but Dragon Quest XI is much better than those.
I didn't bought this one because of the same Reason.
I am very deep into the first one and i really really liked it.
But somehow i didn't proceed.
Bought the second when Prices for 3DS Games went down...
And i have to proceed in Octopath, but have to grind and i am Lazy ...
So i'll give this a look when i finish those ones...
I'll try not to buy as many RPGs and Open World Games, Time is a rare Ressource.
@Andyliini @MailerBen The duality of man
@TheBigK hey wait you made the comment first 😳
I doubt I'll ever get this (Octopath Traveller took me a year to play through, whilst I enjoyed it I've no desire to commit to one game for that long), though I am really glad the franchise is doing well and other people are enjoying it.
Bravely 1's final battle is so infuriating (I'm still stuck on it) that it's deterred me from picking this up. I have Bravely Second too, but I've never started it, mainly because of the impossible final battle in 1. I will probably pick this up in time, but it'll probably sit on my shelf for awhile before I start playing it.
@delt75 same here. Beat the “final” battle a few times, but not the real final battle. I have second end layer still wrapped waiting. I want 2, but feel like I need to go back first.
@OakOtter Yeah, I know Bravely Second isn't the "real" sequel now, but I feel like I should play that first before I play Default 2? lol
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