It's been nearly three years since Silicon Studio, Square Enix, and Nintendo graced 3DS owners with Bravely Second: End Layer. The title was the sequel to Bravely Default, a 2012 3DS release that brought back that old school RPG experience with modern technology. Silicon Studio left the series behind to work on Terra Battle 2 for Mistwalker, but the mobile game was discontinued in 2018, only a year out from release.
Now it looks like something might be happening with the Bravely Default franchise. The official Bravely Default Twitter account in Japan has been mostly retweeting posts about other Square Enix RPGs like Octopath Traveler or SAGA Scarlet Grace. On January 6 though, the account tweeted something new for 2019.
仕事はじめです！がんばろーー今年はまたちょっと違った挑戦がありますが良いゲームにしようと思います。多くの人に楽しんでもらえますように。 pic.twitter.com/0URWJmWL1p— ブレイブリー (@BDFF_OFFICIAL) January 7, 2019
The rough translation reads: "Starting work. I think this year is a different challenge, but I'll trying to make a good game. I hope many people enjoy it!" The characters shown include Bravely Default's lead Tiz, his brother Til, and... H'aanit from Octopath Traveler. That last character is an interesting inclusion.
This follows a December tweet showing Bravely Default's Edea celebrating Christmas with Nintendo Switch gear. That image had fans in fits, wondering about a port of the first two games for the platform. This latest tweet seems to hint at an entirely new project.
Back in December, Square Enix Business Division 11 executive Tomoya Asano and Octopath Traveler producer Masashi Takahashi, both of whom worked on the Bravely games, mentioned more coming from both series and potential new titles. Their comments came from Famitsu's year-end talk with numerous developers, translated via Siliconera.
"In 2019 we’ll have a challenge that is different from what we’ve had up to now with Octopath Traveler and the Bravely series. I’ll do my best! Business Division 11 is moving forward with the development of several games. Each one will surely please you guys! It will still be a little while until we can share information, but please look forward to it," said Asano.
"I’ll do my utmost best to make games you can look forward to— from the Octopath series, the Bravely series, a new series, and more," added Takahashi.
There are no firm details of course, but the Switch is blazing a trail in Japan and Octopath Traveler was a success. It would make sense for Square Enix, Nintendo, and Silicon Studio to want to revisit the Bravely series on a new platform. Let's hope this dream becomes a reality sooner rather than later.