Did you know that some of the people who worked on the Bravely and Octopath series made a game for Apple Arcade? It almost slipped our minds, too! Until yesterday, in the Nintendo Direct, Various Daylife made a surprise appearance. Launching on the service back in 2019, this simplified RPG is now available to buy on the Switch eShop. Like, right now.
Curiously titled, just like a lot of other Square Enix games, Various Daylife was developed by DokiDoki Groove Works, the same studio behind other Square Enix mobile games such as Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin, as well as the adorable Switch game Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun. But many of the team behind some of Square Enix's popular turn-based RPGs also helped out, including Bravely series and Live A Live producer Tomoya Asano.
Battles change up the turn-based formula, and you'll need to prioritise teamwork using the Change, Chain, and Chance commands. Otherwise, this is intended to be a much more chilled experience than say, your Bravely Default II. In August, the game was removed from the Apple Arace service, and it looks like that may well have been to prepare for the console release.
For more information on the game, check out all of the details from Various Daylife's eShop listing:
An all-new 'Adventure X Daily Life' RPG from SQUARE ENIX, created by the development team that worked on OCTOPATH TRAVELER and BRAVELY DEFAULT.
In the year 211 of the Imperial Era, a new continent was discovered. Explore its every last corner as a settler of Antoecia, while living your life to the fullest in the city of Erebia.
- Character growth through everyday work — VARIOUS DAYLIFE features over 20 job classes and more than 100 types of work for those jobs to perform. Since you’ll be able to increase your strength through physical labour or improve your magic with more mentally taxing tasks, you can shape your character how you see fit depending on your choice of work.
- Overcome dungeons with skilled management — Choose what limited rations, items and camping gear you can pack in your bags as you leave the safety of the city to confront the unknown. You'll battle monsters, bad weather, and food spoilage out on the various frontiers of Antoecia. When the going gets tough, will you press onward, or retreat to explore another day? You’ll have to make these kinds of decisions as you trailblaze a way across the continent, where none have trod before.
- Innovative Battle System – The Three CHAs — Introducing a twist to the traditional job-and-ability, turn-based battle, with a unique system that relies heavily on working together with your allies. CHANGE your foes' conditions, build up a CHAIN of attacks and seize your CHANCE at inflicting heavy damage!
This isn't the only game that Asano and the team have been working on, however. Also announced during yesterday's Direct was Octopath Traveler II, a brand new HD-2D game for the Switch (as well as PC and PlayStation consoles). And that's not even counting how many other Square Enix games are coming to Switch over the course of the next year.
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Various Daylife is also available on multiple platforms, but if it's the Switch version you're after, you can download it right now from the eShop for £24.99 / $28.99 on the eShop right now!
Have you tried out Various Daylife? And how many times have you accidentally called it Various Daylight? Let us know your thoughtslife in the comments!