Final Fantasy XV stray a little too far from the classic formula for you? Then never fear, because Square Enix has a series designed to appeal to the old-school fans of the JRPG world.
Bravely Second: End Layer is the second-coming of the newest JRPG franchise from Square Enix, and it has a lot riding on its shoulders. The first game proved to be a much larger success than Square Enix, Nintendo, or pretty much anyone expected, meaning the localization of this sequel seemed almost like a guarantee.
Of course, sophomore outings are generally “make-or-break for a franchise,” and if Square Enix can’t get the sales figures up in the West, then two entries is all we might ever see. The game already came up short in Japan, so Square Enix wants Western fans to know that this is a new game worth investing in.
The latest trailer explains much of what you loved about the original remains intact, but new additions shake up the formula enough to go adventuring again. New job classes like Wizard, Patissier, and Catmancer create more options or characters, and optional successive battles allow for EXP bonuses and easier grinding.
But at the end of the day, it’s a JRPG, and when it comes to the genre, fans don’t always look at the smaller details for a sequel. If there are fun characters to get to know, adventures to be had, and a looming evil over the horizon to defeat, then I’m game.
Bravely Second: End Layer launches for the Nintendo 3DS on April 15.