RUMOR: Bravely Default Confirmed for Western Release?

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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3DS Bravely Default

One of the greater mysteries in the 3DS JRPG library is how a game like Project X Zone, with all the licensing issues involved and characters like Kurt and Riela from Japanese-exclusive games, is being localized for a US release, and yet the massively successful, not to mention wholly original, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is stuck on Japanese shores with no announced US translation. Despite teases from a Twitter account that claims to be official, Square Enix has been completely silent on a US release. However, get out your salt shakers, as Siliconera is reporting today that they are certain Bravely Default will get a US release based on “multiple trusted sources.”

It’s probably a little early to start the true hypebeasting, since we probably won’t know if it is coming until around E3 at the earliest. If the rumor becomes widespread enough, though, perhaps a quiet “yes” from Square Enix could be incoming. I do remember a voice actor (whose name sadly escapes me) talking during Salty Cupcakes, the Skullgirls stream, about an “upcoming, highly anticipated JRPG” he just finished recording lines for. Well, knowing that a lot of Bravely Default‘s marketing centered on its extensive voice acting, that could be the case.

Of course, at this point it’s all rumors and speculation, and to borrow a quote from Sherlock Holmes, at some point, you “end up twisting facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” Even so, oprainfall has been hoping for a localization for quite a while.

What do you guys think? Hypebeast mode engage? Tentatively positive? Or waiting for some official word to come down the pipe?

About Daniel Gulyas

Daniel is a third year business student from Texas who got his start in JRPGs with Final Fantasy 8 and has loved them ever since. His three biggest passions are video games, technology and baseball, with anime being a growing fourth. He occasionally Let's Plays on the side as a hobby.




  • Charlotte Buckingham

    After that Twitter tease a month ago, I’m inclined to believe that the game is coming over. That, and with Square Enix’s new CEO, I think they may begin to turn around. And it’ll start with this game.

    • This is pretty much my exact line of thinking. Whatever the case, I’m super hyped about this game coming out now!

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      I’ve tried the Japanese version; my best mate has a Japanese 3DS. I can tell you, I really want to play this game all the way through, and so does ANY fan of the RPG genre!

  • MI CUERPO ESTA LISTO :D:D:D:D:D

  • I think this was an inevitability and people were overreacting. This game seemed perfect for a western release and Square is hurting right now.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      It wasn’t really over reacting.. they never brought over Type-0.. and that had name recognition and a lot of hype around it.. the chance of them not bringing out Bravely Default was not only a possibility but very likely… Square has been VERY stupid lately with their releases.

    • Square didn’t bring over Type 0 because the PSP is pretty much dead in the west and the vita almost dead on arrival. They wouldn’t have made any money. Or if they did the profit margin would be razor thin at best.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      That’s essentially what I said.. but in different words. Except they would have made money because it is easily one of the best PSP titles ever made… but what does square know? They think we want a third FFXIII and that it was a good business decision to spend an entire year rebuilding a game that was so bad it was nearly unplayable.

  • good!! my 3DS doesn’t get much use these days. I’ve been clinging to Square Enix for awhile and if this year disappoints me, i’m saying to hell with them

  • I would seriously be so happy if this came over all the games im looking forward to come out this year

  • FrancisUnderwood0482

    between this and the multiple vague Twitter posts, yes. Hypebeast mode engage

  • sakeah

    im so hoping this will be true, so i can pre-order as soon as i can on this one.

  • RagunaXL

    I sure hope so, it’s make-it or break-it title for my tentative or not-so-tentative 3DS purchase. we have ouya’s and vita’s to think about if we don’t get the games we want. too many people have lamented over the 3DS sitting on their shelf.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Except Vita is failing even harder than the 3DS.. and since when has Ouya been a portable/self contained console? I was not aware of this.. besides everything released on the Ouya has already been released on android and/or Ipod.. so what’s the point?

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    I really hope that it’s coming over, along with Dragon Quest VII… i would be highly surprised if DQ doesn’t come over though considering they released at least 7 games that I know of over seas on the DS.

  • Engage.

  • This would be the perfect game to announce at E3.

  • I really hope it comes over!

  • John Ellis

    When the RUMOR: and ? go I’ll be happy

  • DO IT DO IT I DEMAND TO HAVE THIS GAME LOL XD
    please this is an awsome GAME