We’re now only 3 weeks away until the European launch of Bravely Default and as promised last week, we’re continuing our Be Brave Friday series of features with another piece focusing on a particular aspect of Square Enix’s brand new handheld RPG. Last week we looked at some of the staff involved in the making of the game, while this week the focus will be on the game’s connectivity features.
Like Fire Emblem: Awakening, despite being a predominantly single-player experience Bravely Default uses the Nintendo 3DS’ well received “StreetPass” functionality to help enrich the gameplay of those lucky enough to pass by another player. In Fire Emblem: Awakening, this was done by letting you challenge another player’s army, buy items from them or enlist their Avatar. In Bravely Default, StreetPassing with other players will help you unlock more pieces to a puzzle, but not in the same way as the Puzzle Swap in StreetPass Mii Plaza.
During your journey in Luxendarc you will come across Norende Town, the home of main character Tiz Arrior, which has been completely wiped out and needs help rebuilding. Normally, this side quest could take as long as 100 hours to complete, but if you StreetPass with people who also own the game, the town’s population will grow and reconstruction work will be completed at a much faster rate. The main benefit of completing this quest is that the more the town grows, the more shops open up – some that sell unique items that cannot be found anywhere else – so there definitely is a reason to get out more an accumulate more StreetPass hits!
Each Nintendo 3DS console possesses its own “Friend Code” ID, which allows you to add up to 100 of your friends and acquaintances to your “Friend List”, which allows you to communicate with them online. As Pokémon X and Y shown with their Friend Safari feature, 3DS games can also take advantage of this feature in ways other than allowing you to play online. Bravely Default does this with an inventive new idea – “Friend Summon”.
Being able to summon mythical creatures is as common to RPGs as living in water is to fish, so it’s no surprise that this game has its own set as well. What sets Bravely Default apart from other titles though, is there is an extra summon available – your friends. Anyone on your Friend List or anyone you StreetPass with that has the game can be summoned into battle, where the character they choose will perform a single move and the more times you summon them, the stronger they become! What character you send over and what move they use can be manually selected too.
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Bosses
One of the recently announced additions to the Bravely Default: For The Sequel enhanced version of the game (which the localised release is based on) further cements the fact that this game is a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, as boss characters from that game will be made available to be downloaded onto Bravely Default via Wi-Fi and battled in Norende Town (that place sure can’t catch a break can it? I guess there’s…*puts on aviators* no end to the problems). Also, if you StreetPass with someone who has an added boss that you don’t, you will unlock it on your game.
Square Enix have yet to confirm a time-scale on when bosses will be made available, but Tomoya Asano has stated that the feature was added to make things more challenging, so they are thinking hard about how strong they should be – possibly making them match the player’s current progress. The three currently confirmed bosses are:
Tomoya Asano has also teased that more bosses may be on the way.
So despite RPGs mostly being considered to be single player affairs, Bravely Default really has gone out of its way to use the Nintendo 3DS’ social features to help enrich the gameplay experience, while not making it essential for those who might not be in an area where StreetPass hits are common. Make sure you come back next week for our article on Bravely Default‘s job system!
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! A demo can be downloaded for free from the Nintendo eShop.