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Bravely Default II

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Moving on, Oni Dino critiques a Square-Enix free of Tetsuya Nomura in the Bravely Default II demo. Then, in the news, we cover the announcement of Paper Mario: The Origami King and analyze the trailers to see if we really are getting partners or not. Oni Dino notices something from the Japanese trailer that leans toward yes, and Galen has ideas on expanding the battle system. Afterward, it’s rumor time with Pikmin 3 Deluxe and a handful more of E3-style events. Finally, general industry chat on Microsoft’s monthly “Xbox 20/20” digital event leading up to the Xbox Series X’s launch, Ubisoft redefining “gameplay”, the Unreal Engine 5 reveal, and Ghost of Tsushima’s extended gameplay trailer.

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We’ve seen Bravely Default and Bravely Second on 3DS, with Square Enix returning to the original game’s name with Bravely Default II on Switch later this year. What lies ahead for the IP in the future? Perhaps Bravely Third.

In this week’s issue of Famitsu, the Japanese magazine asked producer Tomoya Asano about the possibility of a Bravely Third. Asano said in response, as translated by Nintendo Everything:

Several years after the franchise’s absence, Square Enix is finally returning to the Bravely series. Bravely Default II marks the first entry on Switch, and will launch later in 2020.

In an interview with Famitsu, producer Tomoya Asano spoke about the last title, Bravely Second, and had some interesting words to share. Asano actually apologized for the 3DS title since he feels some aspects “didn’t meet the many expectations fans had.”

Asano mentioned, as translated by DualShockers:

Hello my mini listeners! This week on the Nintendo Everything Podcast, we celebrate a drop of water in a desert with the Nintendo Direct Mini! Xenoblade, Bravely Default II demo, ARMS in Smash, Good Job!—there were a lot of highlights. And just before then, we’ve got more on why Animal Crossing is the perfect answer to social distancing. If you were ever curious what the first week of New Horizons is like, Mary’s got you covered. Galen also shares the tragic backstory he’s role-playing his Animal Crossing villager with. And the gang discusses a double dose of horror-action with the Resident Evil 3 demo and The Evil Within 2.

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Bravely Default II ended up receiving a surprise demo on the Switch eShop earlier today. Watch some footage from a GameXplain live stream below.

Nintendo and Square Enix have issued a new batch of screenshots and art for Bravely Default II. Get a look at the latest images below.

The team behind Bravely Default II shared belated New Year’s wishes over Twitter today. The team expressed their wishes for everyone to be pleased with their work, stating that the team will do their best. What do you think of the artwork? Leave a comment down below.

You can see the original tweet here.

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You could probably make the case that The Game Awards 2019 didn’t go the way that many had expected. There was no new Smash Bros. character, Zelda appearance, or return of Bayonetta 3. Instead, new trailers for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (DLC) and No More Heroes 3 debuted alongside the announcement of Bravely Default II.

It’s that last game most people will be talking about. It’s technically not a Nintendo game as the Big N is only publishing in North America and Europe, but having the Bravely series return (and on Switch) is noteworthy.

Although we haven’t seen a whole lot of Bravely Default II, what are your thoughts so far? What do you hope to see in the new entry? What do you make of the name given Bravely Second on 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.

Square Enix unveiled Bravely Default II at The Game Awards 2019 a couple of days ago. Revo, who worked on music for the original game, is confirmed to be returning.

After this week’s announcement was made, Revo shared a message with fans. Read it below, courtesy of Siliconera.