Bravely Default 2 will finally be released on the Nintendo Switch on February 26th. Last year, Square-Enix invited fans to download a demo of the game and provide feedback. Read our article on the details of that process here. It was nice to see Square-Enix take their fan’s feedback so seriously.
A new demo reflecting those changes from that feedback is still available on the eshop, and those who download it before the release date will receive 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points. Do yourself a favor and download the demo. You can’t transfer your save file to the full game, but you’ll get a good taste of what this game has to offer before you buy it.
Bravely Default 2, despite the title, will be a fresh game within the franchise. This means you won’t have to worry about the storyline from the previous games. It will feature a brand new cast of characters, environment, and story. That makes it the perfect time for newcomers to jump into the franchise, as well as a great entry for long-time fans.
The game will take place on Excillant, a continent divided into five different kingdoms. Players explore the world with an overhead view, and engage in battles along the way. The cities will also have the same camera angle. It reminds me a lot of Octopath Traveler.
The game’s battle system is a traditional turn-based system and fairly old school. I’ll be honest, I’m stoked to hear that. I absolutely adore turn-based combat. The game will also have a Brave/Default system, allowing the players to utilize Brave Points (BP) in order to combine abilities together for powerful combos. Be mindful though, because the number of BP you use will dictate how many turns you will be left vulnerable afterwards. In contrast you can also use the Default mode to store BP and use them later.
Much like its predecessors Bravely Default and Bravely Second, Bravely Default 2 will have a job system. This system will give you complete control over which character is performing which job, and mold your team the way you want to. There are four main characters, all of which can have whatever job you want them to have. It also looks like there will be subclasses in the game as well.
A few jobs were showcased in the demo like, White Mage, Black Mage, Freelancer and Monk. You’ll acquire jobs by defeating bosses in battle and taking them from those bosses. From there you can equip them and level them up which will give you access to more powerful abilities or spells.
Nintendo had a pretty decent year last year despite the pandemic, and this title was certainly one we were all anticipating. However, it’s delay pushed the game back to 2021 and that day is now nearly upon us. It’s an exciting moment because the previous games in the franchise were on the 3DS, so this will be the franchise’s first console release.
While the 3DS was a fantastic system, I think this entry will further the success of this fantastic franchise. It is arguably the most anticipated JRPG for 2021 especially for the Switch.
The only other contender would be Monster Hunter Rise. Go download the demo and see for yourself what Bravely Default 2 has in store for you.
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