Square-Enix’s beautiful 3DS jRPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will definitely see a release in Europe.

The title had been the subject of much speculation since its Japanese release last October, but in a Nintendo Direct livestream this afternoon, Nintendo Europe president Satoru Shibata announced that the game will be released later this year in European territories, as well as showing off a subtitled trailer, below.

Crystals, airships, magic, CG cutscenes? It’s all looking a bit Final Fantasy. Indeed, other than the female protagonist’s likeness to Dagger, there have been screens doing the rounds for quite some time that remind me of the art style of Final Fantasy IX – a gorgeous game, as this one also looks to be. Bravely Default apparently has a battle system similar to Final Fantasy V, with its use of jobs, and it was well received in Japan, with Famitsu awarding the RPG a score of 38/40, calling it a “supreme game”.


I’ve had my eye on it for quite some time, and was beginning to think that Square-Enix were going to pull a Type-0 on us. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and I’m hoping Bravely Default is as great as it looks, and that it’ll bring the old-school jRPG goods when it releases later this year.