Bravely Default free-to-play version coming to Japanese eShop
posted on 07.07.14 at 07:37 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Play the first four chapters free of charge.

Bravely Default: For the Sequel

Square Enix will launch a free-to-play version of Bravely Default on the Japanese 3DS eShop on July 28.

Bravely Default: For the Sequel – Full Free Play Edition includes the first four chapters of the full game. If players want to continue afterwards, an update kit containing the final five chapters, Japanese voice-overs, and one part of the AR movie feature will be available for 2,000 yen.

A sequel to Bravely DefaultBravely Second—is currently in development.

  • Pombar

    …But those are the best part of the game! The rest can be youtubed without much loss (unless you really really wanted to max all classes and fight the hardest bosses yourself).
    Interesting approach.

  • An Tran

    Pretty similar to how Nintendo handled Steel Diver. I approve! Now bring this version westward SE!

  • surakian

    Huh, the first and best parts of BDFF. I’m not complaining! If it gets people interested and ready to jump into Bravely Second, I’m all game. (I don’t know if I’d spend 2000 yen on the second half, though. I’d rather just buy FtS Ultimate Hits)

  • Solomon_Kano

    That’s pretty interesting.

  • Budgiecat

    I dont like your plan S-E…it sucks

    • PrinceHeir


    • Sae-Won Yoon


    • desponent

      I like to hate on SE too but credit due where it’s due, this time they did the right thing since this is practically an extended demo.

      The only thing sucky about this is if the save file isn’t transferable to cart version since then you’d be stuck with eshop version of the game, yuck.

      • Budgiecat

        I said “plan” for a reason…

  • ShadowFang

    That’s cool. More options for more people, and splitting it up into chapters a la Telltale games’ is a HECKUVA lot better than pumping far too many microtransactions into it.

    It’ll be interesting to see if they bring it out anywhere else.

  • LordKaiser

    I liked the whole game, don’t be butt-hurt by the plot-twist guys. It’s better to buy the whole game.

    • Shinsua

      To those turned off by the twist: Muscle through till the end of ends and you’ll get a much better feeling of satisfaction. Just be sure to read some journal pages, too.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Did Team Ninja or Bamco visit SE at some point? Because both SC and DOA5 also did this crap, very similar too I might add.

    • 罪罰

      Everyone’s been doing for a long time now…

    • desponent

      How is this crap?

  • 罪罰

    It’s a good way to make people get into your game.

  • farias

    I just don’t like calling it “free 2 play”. Why not demo? I really don’t get it. But still a great action.

  • Elvick

    You don’t even get voices with the free stuff? :

  • Ricewarrior

    If I was in this situation.

    I would fall in love with the game with the first 4 chapters, get pumped up to see what happens next, pay up 20$, then I’d want my money back.

  • Hentailover

    That’s not “free-to-play” in typical sense of the fashion. free to play is a game where you can play it for free entirely, but there are micro-transactions that “make it better and/or easier”. This is what we used to call shareware. Basically a trial.

  • Hexodious

    Alright, i’m done. The line has been crossed.

    Never going to buy stuff from Money Enix after again.

  • Revyatheworldeater .

    So… we are going back to shareware? Has the cycle been completed?