Square-Enix says the list of things they changed in Bravely Default II based on player feedback from the demo was "endless"

Making the game you want

Bravely Default II has had a pair of demos on the Switch, and they were absolutely crucial to the game's development. According to a Famitsu interview with producer Masashi Takahashi, that demo feedback led to countless changes. You can see just what feedback was implemented via the statement below, as translated by NintendoEverything.

“The list of things we changed was endless. To put it simply, we pulled the camera back slightly in dungeons. People who played the demo felt it was too easy to get lost in dungeons and that they got attacked by off-screen monsters. So we addressed those concerns by pulling the camera back.

We also cleaned up the faces on character icons in shops and menus. We didn’t change the models or anything. We just adjusted the shadows and such to make things look nicer. Additionally, we added the ability to compare new weapons and armor in shops. I’m kind of embarrassed to say this, but this is a feature that should’ve been in the game. We just weren’t able to implement it in time for the [first] demo.

I was ashamed at how often I found myself apologizing while reading survey responses from fans. With that in mind, however, I’m also somewhat relieved. It reconfirmed that this was the right direction for the final product.”

Square-Enix talks about how the pandemic delayed Bravely Default II into 2021

Disappointing, but necessary

Bravely Default II is coming to Switch on Feb. 26th, 2021, but the game was originally intended to launch in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic led to a significant delay for the game. In an interview with Famitsu, Bravely Default II producer Masashi Takahashi went into detail on just how the pandemic pushed things back. Check out his comments below, as translated by NintendoEverything.

Development overlapping with the spread of the virus combined with the fact that we were unsure how long things would go on for had quite an impact on things.

As an example, progress on voice recording for foreign languages was slow. We had to coach the voice actors remotely, and they had to record in their own homes without background noise, then send the audio back to us – everyone involved really gave it their all, and we got it done. We’re a few months behind schedule, but we were able to get the voice work done without much trouble.

Both Square Enix and Claytechworks made the switch to work from home, though, so it took time to create home office environments. Even after we were able to get things going to some extent, we had a few miscommunications due to it being our first time working like that. It was a tough decision to make, but given the situation, we delayed the release to February 2021.

Bravely Default II gets a new trailer, screens, and art, plus info on characters, jobs, sub-quests, and the B 'n' D mini-game

Bravely venture forth into these details

Square-Enix has dropped a big wave of Bravely Default II details. First up is the new trailer above, along with a round of screens and art. You can find a gallery of all that content here.

Along with that, Square-Enix has shared info for the country of Rimedahl and its characters, five additional jobs, sub-quests, and the mini-game “B ‘n’ D.” You can find those details below, as translated by Gematsu.

Rimedahl, The Snow Kingdom

A religious nation surrounded by snow and ice, which according to legend was saved by a dragon about 1,000 years ago. The Church of Rimedahl, which worships the dragon that saved the nation as its Dragon God, is the country’s official religion.

Marpha Lancer (voiced by Aya Endo)

Dragoon Asterisk Holder.

A woman who serves as the “Guardian of the Dragon Cave,” a sacred place where the Dragon God is said to inhabit. The Lancer family has served as Guardians of the Dragon Cave for generations.

Goamel (voiced by Hiroki Touchi)

A small, lizard-like creature who suddenly appears in front of Seth and company on their way to Rimedahl. He speaks human language and insists he is the child of the Dragon God. He seems to have met Adelle in the past.

Gladys Kelly (voiced by Mitsuki Saiga)

Swordmaster Asterisk Holder.

Friar of the Rimedahl Church. She and Helio, the Inquisitor, locate fairies deceiving humans and interrogate them. Since her parents were killed by fairies, she continues to hunt fairies for revenge to this very day.

Helio (voiced by Fukushi Ochiai)

Spiritmaster Asterisk Holder.

A man who became the Inquisitor of the Rimedahl Church after being recognized by Domovoy, the Church’s highest priest. He uncovers humans disguising themselves as harmful fairies and holds divine trials in the court.

Domovoy (voiced by Hiroshi Naka)

Oracle Asterisk Holder.

The highest priest of the Rimedahl Church, he has the deep trust of the people. He claims his words are those of the Dragon God, and that the calming climate of the frigid Rimedahl is proof of their faith.

Gran Booth (voiced by Soushirou Hori)

Salve-Maker Asterisk Holder.

The mayor of Enderno Village near Rimedahl. He is trying to obtain the moonlit grass to save his younger brother Grin, who fell into a deep sleep in the grief of losing his wife…

Get info on jobs, sub-quests, and the mini-game “B ‘n’ D” here

Nintendo UK store offering Bravely Default II pack with extra goodies

A poster, stickers, and more!

Plan on picking up Bravely Default II? If you have access to the Nintendo UK store, there's a unique pack up for grabs, and it's available for both physical and digital customers.

For the regular price of £49.99, ordering from Nintendo UK will get you some bonus goodies. Your package will include the game (digital or physical), a sticker sheet, postcard set, and A2 double-sided poster. Place your orders here!

Bravely Default II - New pre-order bonuses revealed on the Nintendo UK store

Bravely Default II is now available on the Nintendo UK store. Those who pre-order the game can also obtain a sticker set, a poster, and a postcard set. Those who live in the UK and wish to pre-order the game may do so by clicking here.

Bravely Default II North American cover art revealed

Gorgeous stuff

Bravely Default II is one of the high-profile titles coming to Switch early this year. The game is set for launch on Feb. 26th, 2021, which means we're getting really close to the game's release! In advance of launch, Square-Enix has finally started sharing the game's final cover art with retailers. Check out the full North American cover above.

Bravely Default II "Wiswald" Japanese trailer

A new trailer for Bravely Default II has been shared by Square Enix, focusing on the Kingdom of Wiswald. Bravely Default II will be released on Feb. 26th, 2021, and you can check out the latest footage above.

Bravely Default II wallpapers added to My Nintendo

Two pieces up for grabs

Bravely Default II has gotten another demo on the Switch eShop, and you can give it a go now. If you like what you play, you might be interested to know that there's two different wallpapers for the game on My Nintendo right now. Each one is priced at 50 Platinum Points, with one featuring the game's main art, and the other focusing on Savalon. You can snag them here and here.

Bravely Default II soundtrack release announced for Japan

Sounds good to us!

Bravely Default II is set to launch on Feb. 26th, 2021, and Square-Enix is going to release a soundtrack for the game in Japan just a few days later.

Square-Enix and Pony Canyon are teaming up for an official Bravely Default II soundtrack, which is set to launch in Japan on March 3rd, 2021. There will be a standard edition with 3 CDs for 3,850 yen, and a 4 CD limited edition for 4,850 yen. Retailers in Japan are offering a A4-size Bravely Default II Original Soundtrack clear folder as a pre-order bonus.

Bravely Default II "Final Demo" now available

Give it a shot today!

Nintendo has announced that a 'Final Demo' has been released for Bravely Default II. This demo gives players a chance to check out even more of the battle system, soundtrack, and more. If you download the demo before the game's launch, you can get a bonus 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points.