Square Enix is really looking to build their latest RPG, Bravely Default, into another iterated series much like Final Fantasy.
They just revealed a new smartphone RPG dubbed Bravely Archive: D’s Report for both iOS and Android devices. The game is set several hundred years after the events of the mainline Bravely Default/Second games, in an alternate world that is something like a “what if” scenario.
Here are the game’s debut screenshots:
The game also features four returning characters from the browser game, Bravely Default: Praying Brage:
The above characters (from left to right) include: The Vestal of Wind Edea Lee Oblige, the Vestal of Water Kyuri Oblige, the Vestal of Fire Iglia Ningva Oblige and finally the Vestal of Earth Lilia Rosso Oblige.
Combat unfolds via turn based mechanics, where you assemble a party of up to six adventurers and fight monsters from the Bravely Default series. You can use flick swipes that let you quickly choose between using various forms of magic or physical attacks. There are unique effects from the attacks, like knocking enemies into the air and following up with a combo.
(from left to right) Knight, White Mage, Black Mage, Black Mage, Templar, and the Dark Knight
There are over 30 job classes to choose from in the game, each of which bringing unique traits and abilities to your party. Some jobs may be more physical damage focused, while others can be more spell-oriented, allowing you to unleash fire spells. You can even level up and grow each individual character as you battle.
(from left to right) Monk, Valkyrie, Samurai, Ninja, and the Performer.
In Bravely Archive: D’s Report, the story is focused on a new librarian who sets out on an adventure to recover a lost memories that are sealed away in crystals. Should you be successful, your goal is to return to the Anastasis Library (where all knowledge is stored) to archive the memories, for later generations to study it. You’ll also encounter various heroes from the mainline games.
The game is set to come out in January of next year in Japan, and it will be free to play with optional micro-transactions. For now, you can visit the official Bravely Archive: D’s Report website and register to get 30 crystal stones, free of charge, here.