Square Enix's Shut Down Mobile Game, Bravely Archive, Gets Surprise English Release

Square Enix's Shut Down Mobile Game, Bravely Archive, Gets Surprise English Release

What is dead may never die.

A smartphone mobile game spinoff of Square Enix's Bravely Default, Bravely Archive, appears to be available in North America for Android and iOS devices. However, Bravely Archive was also terminated recently in Japan, making the western release a bit of a headscratcher.

Originally released in Japan as Bravely Archive: D's Report, the mobile smartphone spinoff of Bravely Default ended its service in Japan on October 23, 2017 after two years. It's not immediately clear what is happening regarding the North American release.

Bravely Archive is only available for Android right now and even then, only for players in select regions. Other players who've downloaded the game are reporting that servers aren't up either. We've reached out to Square Enix for more info.

In the meantime, here's the official synopsis for Bravely Archive as listed on its Google Play Store page:

Bravely Archive's English-language website is also live with the same synopsis as well as some screenshots. We will have more info as soon as Square Enix responds to our requests.

The Bravely Default series is developed by Silicon Studio and published by Square Enix in Japan (Nintendo publishes the series worldwide). The most recent Bravely title was Bravely Second, which we reviewed here. Not to be mistaken for Octopath Traveler which features a similar retro take on the JRPG formula.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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