If there’s one tenet that defined Nintendo, it’s that the Japanese publisher often adheres to its own ruleset; it’s a characteristic that has been a constant in the company’s history since the very beginning. And today, The Big N was up to its usual tricks by throwing a spontaneous Nintendo Direct Micro, offering up a small payload of information relating to a selection of 3DS games. Most notably, Square Enix’s RPG sequel, Bravely Second: End Layer, which will make its way to North America in 2016.
Hosted by Nintendo’s very own Bill Trinen, the presentation clocks in at a snappy 17 minutes in total, and also heralds new information for other titles in the handheld’s upcoming roster of software, including Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash – due to launch for 3DS this October – not to mention Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure which will hit the portable device in June.
As for Bravely Second: End Layer, the RPG sequel made its debut in Japan back in April where it was met with glowing reviews. Such a reception has spurred Square Enix to fast-track the localization process, though fans may be a little disappointed to note that End Layer won’t release in North America for another year.
Set five years after the events of the original, the studio’s follow-up will follow an entirely new cast of characters, though it will retain the strategic turn-based gameplay that made its forebearer so successful in the first place.
In light of today’s unexpected announcement, Bravely Second: End Layer is due to land in North America in 2016. Tell us, are you anticipating the western release of Square’s RPG sequel? Give us your thoughts below.