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Bravely Default II rated in Australia

Still on track for 2020

Last we heard, Bravely Default II was slated to hit Switch sometime in 2020. It looks like that's still going to happen, as the game has just gotten a rating in Australia. That usually happens shortly before a release date announcement is made. Hopefully Square-Enix will have something to share soon!

Bravely Default II is in the final stage of development

The home stretch

Bravely Default II is set to launch on Switch this year, but we don't have an exact date yet. Sounds like that might be locked down somewhere in the near future, as development is coming to a close.

The official Bravely Default II Twitter account has shared a new message saying that the game has reached the final stage of development. No word on how much work that leaves to be done, but it's good to know things are close to wrapping. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for release info, and we'll share those details as soon as they're announced.

Square-Enix explains Bravely Default II's name, say they internally called the game Bravely: Automata

Be brave!

The "Bravely" series has a bit of a weird approach to names. First we had Bravely Default, then we had Bravely Second: End Layer, and now we have Bravely Default II. Seems a bit strange, doesn't it? To set things straight, Famitsu talked to producer Masashi Takahashi, who shared the following explanation.

For Bravely Default II, we’re kind of going back to our roots. And in order to have the players who are experiencing this as their first Bravely game enjoy it to the fullest extent, we need to completely refresh the world and the characters. So we gave it a lot of thought: what kind of title would convey that this is a brand-new story with brand-new characters, and moreover, this is a completely new entry in the Bravely series?

We considered going with patterns established in Bravely Archive and Bravely Default: Fairy’s Effect, but they didn’t make it feel like a new entry created for home consoles. So ultimately we settled on an easily understood numbering system to plainly convey that this is a new entry – more importantly, this is a game that players with zero knowledge of the series can enjoy.

Dev Tomoya Asano said that the team was actually calling the game Bravely: Automata behind the scenes when they were discussing the features they wanted, but realized they had to move away from that for a name that made more sense.

Finally, we learn that even though this is called Bravely Default II, characters from the previous entry are not going to make an appearance.

Bravely Default II producer already has an idea for a third installment

Bravely Default III?!

Bravely Default II recently saw a demo release, and the full game is coming later this year. While we're gearing up for that new installment, the game's producer is already considering the next title in the series.

In an interview with Famitsu, producer Tomoya Asano opened up about plans for where the series could go after Bravely Default II. Check out his full statement on the topic below.

“I do have a concept for it. I haven’t nailed down the particulars intentionally, so it could even be a smartphone game. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity to make it in the future if fans support the series.”

Bravely Default II's name and music detailed, plus info on the game's art

Bravely going forward

This week's issue of Famitsu includes a new feature on Bravely Default II. Within that feature is an interview with producers Tomoya Asano and Masashi Takahashi, and they share some new tidbits on the game. Check out the info breakdown below.

Bravely Default II's name

- the team wanted a name to show that this is a departure from the previous games, both in terms of characters and outlook

Bravely Default II's music

- handled by Sound Horizon’s Revo
- the OST of Bravely Default 2 is more mature and has painful, lonely feelings encompassed within it
- Revo was not given specific requests for songs, but were instead given details on the characters, the scenario, and more
- the producers believe the OST will 100% reflect Revo’s feelings of the game

- Bravely Default II's artwork

- Octopath Traveler‘s Naoki Ikushima is the sole character designer
- Naoki Ikushima did all the Jobs’ design
- this decision was made to give Bravely Default II a better sense of unity
- Tactics Ogre‘s Akihiko Yoshida isn’t returning from Bravely Default

Bravely Default II graces the cover of this week's Famitsu

A mega Square-Enix feature

This week's issue of Famitsu includes a 36-page spread on what Square-Enix's Asano team are working on. That spread will include a feature on Bravely Default, which was chosen for the cover art for this week's issue. The magazine will also include a feature on Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent.

Square-Enix opens up Bravely Default II demo survey

Got some thoughts?

Did you check out what the Bravely Default II demo had to offer? Do you have any thoughts you'd like to share on the demo? If so, Square-Enix wants to hear your thoughts.

Square-Enix has opened up an official survey for the Bravely Default II demo, and you can find it at this link. You're going to need a Square-Enix account to fill out the survey, but hopefully you find the extra step worth the trouble.

Take a peek at another round of Bravely Default II screens

Check out more screens here

A new world, a new story, and all-new Heroes of Light await in an original RPG experience arriving on the Nintendo Switch system in 2020! This successor to the original Bravely Default game comes from the team that brought you the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler, and features music from Revo (Sound Horizon/Linked Horizon), acclaimed composer of the Bravely Default soundtrack.

IGN Video - The first 12 minutes of Bravely Default II's demo

The Bravely Default 2 demo gives us a chance to see how the series fares on the Nintendo Switch as we begin our adventure. Made available with the Nintendo Direct that aired in March 2020.

Bravely Default II demo gameplay


A new world, a new story, and all-new Heroes of Light await in an original RPG experience arriving on the Nintendo Switch system in 2020! This successor to the original Bravely Default game comes from the team that brought you the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler, and features music from Revo (Sound Horizon/Linked Horizon), acclaimed composer of the Bravely Default soundtrack.

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