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Tomoya Asano

The 10th anniversary of the Bravely Default series has just rolled around, with Square Enix hosting a handful of different events to celebrate. One such event was a livestream featuring the game’s producer Tomoya Asano, who took the opportunity to discuss the potential future of the series, including the possibility of a remaster for the first entry.

A high resolution version of the first game’s opening movie was shown during the livestream, which led to Asano discussing this possibility: “Over the past 10 years, our team has grown larger, and our capacity has increased. Looking at the opening movie of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, I feel like announcing a remaster of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy would be the best possible thing and something fans would desire. But for now I’m unfortunately unable to announce anything like that. ‘For now,’ let’s just say.”

triangle strategy interview

Nintendo shared a new Triangle Strategy interview this week with two of the game’s prominent developers, Tomoya Asano and Yasuaki Arai. As part of the discussion, we again get to hear about how Square Enix settled on the name. They also covered some other notable topics like the game’s plot, why multi-tiered maps were included, and more.

The full discussion is below:

triangle strategy name

Square Enix is no stranger to unconventional game names, and that tradition has continued with their HD-2D titles on Switch – those being Octopath Traveler and Triangle Strategy. In a recent interview, producer Tomoya Asano shared some insight into the team’s thinking.

Asano told Inversus that Square Enix considers “if the player can imagine what kind of game it is based on the title.” With Triangle Strategy, you play it from three angles and it’s a strategic experience. Square Enix initially included “Project” so that there would be “a little bit of room to be able to change the name”. Since it was well-received by fans, the “Triangle Strategy” name stuck.

Asano’s full words: 

Bravely Default series

Square Enix has indicated that it hopes to continue the Bravely Default series. However, development is expected to take a few years and it’ll likely be awhile until we won’t be hearing about a new entry.

Series producer Tomoya Asano commented on the series’ future in this week’s issue of Famitsu. Speaking with the Japanese magazine, he said (as translated by Nintendo Everything):

Bravely Default II

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:

Square Enix had some significant news to share about Octopath Traveler last week. The game is getting a mobile prequel, and a new console title is also in development.

Following the announcement of Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent for iOS and Android, Famitsu managed to score one of the first interviews with Tomoya Asano and Yuki Yokoyama. Asano is responsible for planning / producing Octopath Traveler while Yokoyama is the mobile project’s producer and talks with partner developer Acquire as a mediator.

Octopath Traveler

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.

Octopath Traveler

Square Enix, along with the team at Acquire, are currently wrapping up Octopath Traveler for Switch. The company won’t be stopping there, however.

Speaking with Game Informer, Octopath Traveler producer Tomoya Asano confirmed that more projects are on the way. He mentioned that “Square Enix has decided that it wants to focus on original titles for the Switch.”

The next “Bravely” game could head in one of two directions. Speaking with Japanese website Gamer, producer Tomoya Asano stated that the team is considering two options. The next Bravely game could be a another sequel, but it’s also possible that we’ll see a completely new title instead.

Asano and assistant producer Shinji Takahashi said:

“Hmm… yes, we’re currently thinking about whether a sequel would be more appropriate or if a completely new title would be more appropriate. This is currently a hot topic among [the development team].” – Asano

“We’re thinking about all kinds of things, like what kind of things are requested, and getting feedback from fans.” – Takahashi

Asano shared some other interesting information as well. When asked if Bravely Second will see something like Bravely Default: For the Sequel (re-release with fixes and additions), he noted that there are no plans. The team is only thinking about the western version of the game.

Also, there are currently no plans for additional scenarios through DLC. The only updates for Bravely Second will come in the form of standard patches.


Thus far, we’ve seen Bravely Default and Bravely Second. There’s no question that the series will continue, and producer Tomoya Asano is already thinking about a third entry.

Speaking with Famitsu this week, Asano said:

“I don’t know what to say about that at this time [with Bravely Second releasing soon] but I already have some ideas for Bravely Third in my head. If Bravely Second sells well, I plan on presenting plans for it right away. Thank you for your continued support.”

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