It’s been a long time coming, but as of last week’s 2019 Game Awards, we finally have confirmation Bravely Default 2 is heading to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. Series producer Tomoya Asano recently talked about the anticipated RPG sequel on Twitter. Revo, the returning composer from the first Bravely Default game, chimed in with his thoughts as well.
“We finally were able to announce it! For those who’ve been waiting all this time, I apologize, and I’d like to thank you. People reacted so loudly that all our staff are pumped up to work on this game,” Asano tweeted on the official Bravely Default Twitter account. (His tweet, as well as Revo’s tweet, was translated by SiliconEra.) “This account will be passed to Producer Takahashi and the PR team to handle for a while, but please look after us going forward as well.”
Revo reserved his thoughts (also translated by SiliconEra) for a press release published on Nintendo’s official Japanese site:
“To all fans, I’m back. I’m happy to be able to participate in this hakoniwa-style world again. The graphics have kept that sort of warm, hand-crafted look, but in even beautiful graphics. For the music, in order to better represent the atmosphere, I’m tackling this task with all my courage. The music used in the teaser trailer was grand orchestral music, but there are also band-style musical pieces that charges forward passionately, intricate traditional-sounding music pieces, and a wide range of music that may sound nostalgic, but also fresh at the same time. I can only say that I hope you can play the game as soon as possible. Please look forward to it!”
“Hakoniwa” refers to a miniature garden, or a model garden that’s used as a scale model for designing a real one. Revo’s remark about Bravely Default’s “hakoniwa-style world” might be a reference to the games’ unique (and adorable) art style and general aesthetic, brought to us by legendary game artist Akihiro Yoshida.
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