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If you haven’t been keeping up with the Bravely series, now might be the time for a refresher. The franchise started out on Nintendo 3DS with Bravely Default, which was followed up with a direct sequel, Bravely Second. Now Square-Enix is readying a new game in the franchise, Bravely Default II, for Switch this year.

In an issue of Famitsu, Tomoya Asano (leader of the Asano Team) and Masashi Takahashi (producer) commented on how they settled on the final name. We heard a bit about this previously, but now we have the full explanation.

As translated by Nintendo Everything’s Oni Dino, the two shared the following:

Famitsu caught up with a bunch of different developers in its latest issue this week to reflect on 2018 and look forward to the future. Octopath Traveler producers Tomoya Asano and Masashi Takahashi were among those who participated.

Asano started out by teasing that Square Enix Business Division 11 “is moving forward with the development of several games.” Meanwhile, Takahashi has expressed interest in doing more with Bravely, Octopath Traveler, and an entirely new series.

Nintendo sat down with Octopath Traveler producer Masashi Takahashi and director Keisuke Miyauchi for a chat about the Switch RPG. They spoke about lessons learned from the Bravely games, the art style, and more. Watch the interview below.

Nintendo published a few messages from the developers of Octopath Traveler on its website. Composer Yasunori Nishiki, director Keisuke Miyauchi, and producer Masashi Takahashi all had a few words to say as the game launches today.

Below are the full transcripts:

Eurogamer put up a new Octopath Traveler piece today featuring comments from producer Masashi Takahashi. Takahashi discussed the name, why the RPG is releasing on Switch, and the game’s potential future.

Below are those comments:

These days, many games receive DLC at or after launch. In the case of Octopath Traveler, there won’t be anything on that front. Producer Masashi Takahashi, in an interview with Dengeki Online, said that the game is complete as is – hence why there’s no need for DLC.

Here’s the latest Japanese trailer for Octopath Traveler by the way:

Last week, Japanese magazine Famitsu published a fairly lengthy Project Octopath Traveler interview. Producer Masashi Takahashi from Square Enix and director Keisuke Miyauchi from Acquire were brought in to discuss the Switch exclusive.

One point mentioned is how the team started this project with Tomoya Asano, the chief producer who also worked as producer of the Bravely series. The primary concept is “going on a journey.” The player would choose one of the eight protagonists, role-plays as them, and freely has a journey with the world.

With Bravely Second having just launched in North America, Game Informer spoke with co-producer at Square Enix Masashi Takahashi for an interview. The two sides chatted about player feedback, the new approach to character designs with this game, how the job classes are decided, and the series’ future.

You can find comments from Takahashi about all of these comments below. Head on to Game Informer here for the full interview.