Tomoya Asano, most well known for being the producer of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Nintendo DS game returns to produce Bravely Default, which is actually a spiritual successor to his most renowned work! His other credits include being the producer of the Nintendo DS remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV. 4 Heroes of Light was praised for having a feel similar to the older Final Fantasy titles while still maintaining the freshness of newer games – something Bravely Default really takes to heart.
Naotaka Hayashi may be a name not many recognise, but that’s understandable as he is mostly known for working for 5pb., a Japanese video game developer and a record label for anime and game music that specialises in Visual Novel games, a genre that has yet to truly penetrate the western world. His most renowned work though, has. Steins;Gate is a visual novel game that was originally released in Japan for the XBox 360 back in 2009. A science fiction mystery series, the story centres on Rintarō Okabe, an eccentric self-proclaimed mad scientist who borders on being delusional. Okabe is the founder of the “Future Gadget Laboratory” – a small apartment above a TV repair store where he and the other members work on inventions. One day, by sheer accident Okabe discovers that he can send emails into the past, which after the Lab members delve deeper into the research of time travel, prompts a dangerous game of cat and mouse to emerge with the mysterious global organisation SERN (based on the real life CERN). Steins;Gate was also adapted into a television anime series in 2011, which has since been released in North America by FUNimation Entertainment and in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment UK. Due to the positive critical reaction of the anime, a movie sequel titled Steins;Gate the Movie: Loading Area of Déjà vu was released in Japanese cinemas earlier this year. The movie also received its United Kingdom debut at the Scotland Loves Anime festival last month. A PC version of the original game has been confirmed for a North American release.
It is undeniable that the biggest hit anime of this year has been Attack On Titan. Set in a future where humanity is reduced to nought but a fraction of its population, living behind a circle of 50 foot walls to protect themselves from Titans – seemingly mindless giants who do nothing but consume them, after the wall is breached and countless people are consumed including his mother, Eren Yeager joins the Survey Corps division of the military, determined to eliminate every last Titan. As well as its gripping story and phenomenal animation, Attack On Titan received a lot of attention due to its initial opening theme “Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen” by Linked Horizon (most famously known for its opening lines “SIE SIND DAS ESSEN UND WIR SIND DE JÄGER!”), which had numerous parody videos flooding the internet. Another song by Linked Horizon, Die Flügel der Freiheit was used as the series’ second opening theme. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with Bravely Default right? Well, Linked Horizon is a project that was founded by Revo, who composed and wrote both of the previously mentioned songs and yes, the Bravely Default soundtrack (which is included with the Deluxe Edition of the game).
Joining Tomoya Asano from The 4 Heroes of Light is character designer Akihiko Yoshida, who previously worked as a character designer on games including the Final Fantasy Tactics series, Final Fantasy XII and the recently released A Realm Reborn: Final Fantasy XIV MMORPG.
While Yoshida handled the majority of the character design work, the game did have a few guest character designers. Atsushi Okubo, the author and artist of the manga series Soul Eater designed the Valkyrie class outfits, as well as Einherjar Venus of the Blood Roses Special Forces unit.
Makoto Tsuchibayashi, most renowned for his work on Capcom’s Sengoku Basara series, designed the Swordmaster class outfits as well as the character Kamiizumi, leader of the Black-Iron Blades Esternian Army Division. Both Soul Eater and Sengoku Basara have been adapted into anime that have been released by FUNimation Entertainment and Manga Entertainment UK in North America and the United Kingdom respectively.
The above is just a small handful of people who worked hard to make Bravely Default and with a month to go until its release, we will aim to provide at least one article a week, pointing out more interesting details about this ambitious game! Make sure to tune in next Friday to read our feature on the connectivity features in the game!
Remember, you can pre-order the Deluxe Edition exclusively from ShopTo.net for £90, or you can receive an art book by pre-ordering the standard edition from GAME prior to Bravely Default‘s 6th December, 2013 release! For all the latest news and updates on Bravely Default, make sure to follow OperationBrave on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr!