Bravely Default: For the Sequel Is the Version Headed West

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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Bravely Default: For the Sequel

Many have speculated that the recently announced expansion for Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, handily dubbed Bravely Default: For the Sequel, was the version that would be coming to the West in 2014. Today, the official Bravely Default Twitter has most definitely clarified this sentiment for us all.

Bravely Default: For the Sequel IS the version headed West.

You really can’t get any more black-and-white than that without an official announcement from Nintendo or Square Enix. Anyway, here’s a brief refresher on some of the new features and improvements you can expect from Bravely Default: For the Sequel.

  • A completely overhauled battle system, built with the game’s sequel in mind
  • A user-interface overhaul featuring a number of improvements, like the fact that jobs and equippable items can be seen on the equip screen (they couldn’t before)
  • Battle speed has been increased dramatically from what it once was
  • Scenes that have already taken place can be viewed at any time during the game
  • There are now multiple save slots—by the way, your original Bravely Default save data is completely compatible with this new version, importers
  • Multiple language options (which further lends credence to the fact that this is the version the West is getting)
  • Characters who lacked “originality” have been given personality via an improved party chat system
  • And last, but not least, Chapters 7 and 8 have undergone some revisions

So, there you have it. Official word and more information will be headed your way as it comes. But for now, the game will release on December 5th in Japan. I still have no idea when it’s coming out in Europe, considering the financial document that had many reporting it had been delayed, then conflicting word as to whether or not it was being released this year. I suppose Europe can expect it…soon enough, probably this year. It will be released in North America in 2014.


  • Andy Na

    That’s great. We’re getting a definitive version of the game when Nintendo or Square could have easily localized the flawed version and call it a day.

    Let’s do our best to support it.

    • Square usually tweaks western releases. That’s how Final Mixes and International versions came into existence.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Not…. really correct. Almost every international and Final Mix version has content that the Western Releases DON’T… meaning that’s not why they make those changes. In fact, the ONLY Example I can think of where your theory is actually correct is Final Fantasy VII, where they added the ‘weapon’ bosses.

    • Final Mix exists because they added Sephiroth to the western game. BBSFM exist because of the YX battle in the orginal game. FFX-i exists because of the Dark Aeon battles added to the EU release. Shall I go on? Because there are plenty of examples. So yes, really correct.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      I was unaware that the Dark Aeons were in the EU version of FFX… as for the rest It can still very easily be argued that the Final Mix versions would have still been made even if they DIDN’T change anything in the western release

    • Square usually tweaks western releases and those tweaks plus added content are what causes FM’s and Internationals. Your argument that I’m “not… really correct” is untrue. You keep using what-ifs as your premise, but they’ve already set a precedent for it. Please don’t pick fights from a place of ignorance; I know quite a bit about international and final mixes as I’ve done my research and even imported a number of them.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Tone down the hostility a bit will you? I already admitted that you very well could be correct. My second comment was simply saying there is a chance that the final mixes would exist anyway, kind of like how GOTY editions are made, or Hell, how Bravely Default for the Sequel is being made. I’m not picking a fight and I’m not being ignorant. You very well could be right, I admit that, but you’ve yet to show proof besides, ‘I know because I know’. Your honestly acting a bit arrogant, which is fine because I’ve been in your position and dealing with people who don’t know what they’re talking about is frustrating… but the only way you can really get past that is to show evidence or proof which you have done neither. I’m sorry you misinterpreted my second post as being rude, and I’m sorry for actually being fairly rude in my first comment because I was misinformed, but I am not ignorant.

    • If you aren’t informed about something then you are ignorant of it and that’s okay. That’s why I chose ignorant instead of stupid or dumb. I know I most likely know more about this that a lot of people. Please don’t take the ill-informed connotation of ignorance to be a slight on you. All I’m saying is don’t make absolute statements based on a faulty premise.

      Also, this isn’t at all being arrogant or hostile. Look at my recent comment history (particularly the whore of the orient discussion) and you’ll see the difference. I mean, I’m not even cursing at you.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Sorry.. text is a pain sometimes @.@…

    • no worries.

    • Pedro Rosas

      Every Final Fantasy has a little more content and fixes on the west, which are later on implemented into the INTERNATIONAL (key word here) versions. Sometimes they get extra content aside from the western, but not always.

    • madmofo145

      Technically this is a bit different since the enhanced version is hitting Japan first, but given the large delay it is entirely possible that this was always intended to be the version released to the west and that they decided that instead of localizing and adding content, only to need to re-localize the new content for an eventual Japanese re-release, they decided it made more sense to do an enhanced Japanese version knowing it would be the western base game, in order to save a step.

    • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time did the same thing. And your missing my point.

    • madmofo145

      I’m pretty sure I get your point, I believe your simply saying that Square often times creates an enhanced port for the west which is often re-introduced in Japan. I was just saying that this one is likely the same thing, but that square may have changed the way they work in some cases like in Star Ocean, deciding to create some of these enhanced versions initially in Japanese, fully knowing that they will be the basis for the western release, in order to save some time.

    • I stand corrected. My main point is that them upping a second release isn’t unusual.

    • madmofo145

      Exactly, I think you’re completely correct that it was expected that we would get the enhanced version, just adding my own theory that Square is trying to streamline the process by which they create their enhanced versions.

    • On that we disagree. After the failure of KHBBSFM, I think SE is backing down from the FM/I versions of games in leiu of DLC. I mean, neither XIII or 2 got the Extended Cut treatment, but there was a plethora of additions from the silly (N7 armor and bikinis) to the enticing (Requiem of the Goddess). I think the enhancement in this case are solely that and not content additions (unless it helps link to the sequel a la FFX’s Eternal Calm)

    • madmofo145

      It sounds like this is a little closer to an enhanced edition then most DLC. An apparently completely overhauled battle system, improved user interface, some story revisions. Perhaps nothing groundbreaking, but enough that that the long wait stings a little less then it would have if there were just a couple new costumes.

    • Probably. they do want people to buy it again after all.

  • Ghaerdon

    Fantastic. Now I just hope that we get it in Europe before 2016…

    • It’s coming to Europe first (presumably) since they’ve said 2013 consistently, while North America has said 2014. You won’t be waiting very long at all.

    • John Ellis
    • Ghaerdon

      Thanks. I actually heard about that, but in light of the present news I kinda forgot it. That is a relief to know, though I am surprised that it is still gonna come to Europe this year. That is fantastic(I do hope that the game redeems the expectations I have)

    • icedearthaholic

      Why it is coming to Europe first is beyond me, sheesh, what is up with this? I’m noticing that NoE has stepped up, while NoA has been lagging big time. Rather bothersome, don’t get me wrong, I am grateful we’re even getting this game at all, I just don’t like how NoA seems to be resting on their laurels.

  • I guess all that waiting makes more sense now. Nice!

  • BenHo Calrissian

    So what about the battle system is being overhauled? That actually kind of worries me, as the battle system is one of the main reasons I’m interested in this game.

  • RagunaXL

    YES! I can’t wait! and this being made with the sequel in mind means we could probably expect it too. obviously sales are what matter there but… I want this game so bad!

    • Ghaerdon

      I did like the air and atmosphere of the game that oozed from the trailer. It may become a classic, though I fear that the characters may not be so… Unique… I will have to wait for reviews before I buy it.

  • smacd

    Now I just need to know when the Amazon pre-order page goes up.

  • Stealth

    Bravely Default, the version we are getting is a GOTY version. New bosses, characters, scenes, modes ( I keep getting asked what the dif is)