Of all the wonderful JRPGs on the horizon for the Nintendo 3DS, not many have the allure and promise of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. In a day and age where Square Enix strives to make sequels for everything, the idea of them coming out with an entirely new IP is almost absurd.
Defying all expectations, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy topped the sales chart on the week of its release, and has now crossed the 300,000 unit mark, making it a hit by Japanese standards. No, it does not come close to the millions Call of Duty sells worldwide or the roughly 3 million copies Pokemon reached last year, but for a new IP from a fledgling team known only for Final Fantasy ports, it’s a solid number.
In fact, it’s so solid that producer Tomoya Asano is already planning for the future. In an interview with 4Gamer, he stated that “from this year to about next year, I’m thinking there are a lot of things that I want to prepare for everyone to look forward to.”
Whether or not he plans to follow up his game or port it to Western shores has yet to be seen, but the game’s Twitter page could reveal the new information over the course of the year. Be sure to keep an eye on it and keep both fingers crossed that we might see this game.
I’ve never been one for the team’s use of 3D character models on the Nintendo DS with their other projects, but with a new IP behind them and solid reception in Japan, I haven’t been this excited for a Square Enix game since maybe their last attempt at a solid new franchise, The World Ends With You. That’s not praise I throw around lightly, either.