The wonderful JRPG and darling hit of the year, Bravely Default, has just broken a million sales worldwide. Dengeki Online reports from Square that 400,000 units of the game have been sold in Japan to date, and 600,000 have been sold in other countries worldwide. 200,000 of those sales came from the first three days alone in America, meaning that good word of mouth over the last half a year has allowed its standing to triple since then.
Even more shocking is that Bravely Default has only been around for six months in the West, where as in Japan, it has been available for nearly two years. Sales capped at 400,000, pointing out that the game,much like Final Fantasy, is much more appealing overseas than in its home country.
Speaking of Final Fantasy, a seven digit sales figure is one that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has yet to achieve. Square Enix backed the HD conclusion of the divisive Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, opting to have Nintendo handle publication and marketing of Bravely Default. I guess that leaves Nintendo the victor and hero of this scenario with both critical and financial success for the game it backed.
Bravely Default game is doing so well worldwide that it even inspired an open letter from company President Yosuke Matsuda stating his belief that Square Enix has lost focus in its quest to become a AAA publisher and wants to return “heavy RPGs,” again in the near future. Amen to that!
It’s obvious that JRPGs are huge with Nintendo 3DS owners. The success of Fire Emblem, Etrian Odyssey, Shin Megami Tensei, and, of course, Bravely Default can all attest to that. Square Enix is making the right moves by possibly backing new SaGa and Mana games, but it can further prove its commitment to long time fans by not overlooking Dragon Quest VII on the Nintendo 3DS.
I know it has a script that is over 70,000 pages long, but we’re (im)patiently waiting for any kind of hint or announcement that translation is well under way. How much longer is it going to be, Square Enix? Are you undertaking this one yourself, or is Nintendo going to have to step up again for you?