Classic JRPGs have become popular again, after the release of Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch. On that note, Square Enix is teasing something new they have in store for the genre, related to the Bravely franchise.
The official Twitter page of the franchise has tweeted out a statement yesterday celebrating the performance of Octopath Traveler. Both franchises share the same mechanics and aesthetics and, even though they are developed by different studios, they also do share Square Enix as their publisher.
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— ブレイブリー◯◯◯◯◯ (@BDFF_OFFICIAL) August 6, 2018
After that, the page has been renamed to Bravely – five blanks which could refer to a new title for the franchise. The last time we saw the franchise was in the form of Bravely Second, released back in 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS.
This could give out more information than it originally looks like it does. The five blank spaces could give out the name of the project, probably Bravely Third, if we consider its predecessor. Additionally, its launch console could be Nintendo Switch, given the success of Octopath Traveler and the overall presence of the JRPG genre on the hybrid console.
In relation to Octopath Traveler, Bravely producers Masashi Takahashi and Tomoya Asano were moved on to Project Octopath Traveler after finishing Second. The first also carries some similarities from the Bravely series, like the ability to save up attacks and unleash several in one turn.
It might take a while before Square Enix announces what this secret project is about. For now, we have only a few speculations to go with and the tease itself.
Until then though, the Art of Bravely Default is releasing February 2019. The art book features 256 pages of concept art and commentary for the first time in English. It features various artwork from Luxendarc and its heroes. You can check out the art book over at Amazon, before its pre-orders go live.