Oh no! Panic button time?! Media Creates has released the financial results for Bravely Second: End Layer’s first week on the market, and it’s not especially pretty. The latest in Square Enix’s handheld RPG series barely broke 100,000 units at 100,047 and only pushed through 53.63 percent of its shipment.
By comparison, the previous game, Bravely Default, sold 141,529 units in its first week and crushed its first shipment at 85.68 percent. The game eventually went on to sell 400,000 in its home country.
Of course, Bravely Default has been quite a fun little success story for Square Enix. This upstart spin-off of the classic Final Fantasy formula outsold its HD compatriot Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, but the game was not a runaway success until it was released in the west to the tune of a million copies. Its success proved to Square Enix that a JRPG market still thrives in North America on the handheld platforms, and the company’s president even issued an apology for overlooking it.
My guess is that Square Enix won’t make the same mistake again. Even if the game doesn’t do as well in Japan, it will let the global audience determine the success of Bravely Second and whether or not we will ever get a third game.
The Bravely franchise’s success on the Nintendo 3DS is also the only hope we have of prying Dragon Quest VII from Square Enix as well, so please, let’s go out there and win one for the team.