While the name certainly leaves something to be desired, it’s great to see Bravely Default—an upcoming 3DS RPG in the tradition of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light and one of the best-received Japanese imports of the past couple of years—finally see release in the West.
Nintendo of Europe has posted a new gameplay trailer that highlights some of the encounters the game’s four protagonists will experience on their turn-based journey when it hits the U.S. in early 2014. In typical Square Enix fashion, it seems the proceedings revolve around a magical crystal going rogue. While the story might not sound like the most original concept for a JRPG, Bravely Default has earned high marks from those who’ve played the Japanese version.
Though the game will be published by Nintendo in North America—and released under Square Enix in Japan last year—it was developed by Silicon Studio, best known for their ode to classic top-down Zelda, 3D Dot Game Heroes.