New Bravely Default Announced For Mobile In Japan

Called Bravely Default: Brilliant Lights, it currently does not have an release date

More lovely Bravely Default key art.
More lovely Bravely Default key art.
Screenshot: Square Enix

Square Enix has revealed a new Bravely Default. Called Bravely Default: Brilliant Lights, the game marks the franchise’s tenth anniversary.


Can you believe it’s been ten years? I can’t!

The official trailer, which can be seen below, shows off the Bravely’s familiar Bravely and Default command-battle system and features Bravely Second-style art. Raita Kazama is once again doing the key art and the character design, while Keiichi Ajiro, who has writing credits on the first game and Bravely Second, has penned an original story for Brilliant Lights. All this is good news for longtime fans of the Bravely series.

Heading for iOS and Android, it is, as you’ve probably guessed, free to play with in-game item purchases, so your mileage may very depending on your opinion of those mechanics.

Check out the debut trailer below:

Whaddaya think? Looks nice, no?

According to Famitsu, the closed beta test for the Android version will kick off soon for Japanese players.

No release date has yet been announced, and there is no word yet on an international version. (Hopefully, it will get an international release, but that’s not definite.) There is, however, an official Twitter account, which you can follow should you be into that sort of thing. (Note the account is Japanese-language only, but Twitter offers robo-translation.)

The first Bravely Default was originally released in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012, and was followed by a direct sequel. Bravely Default II, which is set in a new world, was released earlier this year.

Today, it was also announced that the Bravely series has, to date, sold over 3 million copies (that number also includes digital copies).

In case you missed it, you can read Kotaku’s review of the first game right here, as well as Bravely Second and Bravely Default II impressions here and here.



Wasn’t there an Octopath mobile game in the works that’s... I think stayed a Japanese exclusive and I’ve never heard of since? Shame. So odds here probably aren’t good?

I know people who swear by Bravely Default but I’d never played any (given I’ve never had any handheld before), so I gave the final demo for II a try and it just set me off of that one entirely; you can’t just drop me a little ways in and expect me to know what to do! (and give me no time to adjust to the main characters; lots of people complain about the english voices in other games, but this is the first game I couldn’t handle. Elvis was just so much - Dragon Quest XI waits so many hours for you to get invested before dropping a Scottish accent on you!) Wish I could like it, but that's a hard impression to come back from.