The Year of Nintendo 3DS RPGs Continues with Bravely Second: End Layer

Sequel to the Acclaimed Bravely Default Expands on
Unique Battle System

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In 2014, the Bravely
Default
game introduced a new take on turn-based RPG combat with
a one-of-a-kind risk-and-reward system. The unique battle system,
acclaimed by critics and loved by fans, returns deeper than ever in Bravely
Second: End Layer
, the direct sequel to Bravely Default.
Developed by SQUARE ENIX, the masters of the role-playing genre, Bravely
Second: End Layer
launches exclusively for the Nintendo
3DS
family of systems on April 15.


Players who want to try out the game before they buy it can head to
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS right now and download the free
demo
, titled Bravely Second: End Layer – The Ballad of the Three
Cavaliers
. The free demo lets players embark on a bonus adventure
that is not featured in the main game. Playing the demo will net players
bonuses that can transfer to the full version of the game once purchased.

Picking up a few years after the events of the last game, Bravely
Second: End Layer
finds returning fan-favorite characters Tiz and
Edea joining up with newcomers Yew and Magnolia to rescue an old friend.
Despite the return of some familiar faces, the story is completely new,
thrusting players into a sprawling adventure full of dangerous enemies,
gorgeous locales and 30 job classes to master.

“Fans of classic role-playing games like Fire Emblem and SQUARE
ENIX’s FINAL FANTASY series will love Bravely Second: End Layer,”
said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of
Sales & Marketing. “And while fans of the first game will appreciate the
returning characters and continuing story, newcomers can just as easily
dive into this memorable RPG experience.”

When battling in Bravely Second: End Layer, players can perform
actions such as attacking with a weapon, casting a spell or using an
item, as well as choose between one of two distinct commands: “Brave” or
“Default.” By selecting Brave, players can spend one or more Brave
Points (BP) to perform an extra action. Choosing Default skips a turn,
but stocks 1 BP. Characters will also take less damage while in the
Default state. By stocking BP, characters can use more powerful moves
and abilities on their respective turns. BP can also be “borrowed” from
future turns, but if the value drops below zero, players will be at the
mercy of their foes. This risk-and-reward system encourages a deeper
level of strategic thinking when battling the various enemies in the
game.

In addition to the fast-paced battle mechanics, the job system found in
the original Bravely Default also returns, but is now more
expanded and robust. In Bravely Second: End Layer, players can
choose from 30 different job classes that can be assigned to and
mastered by the characters in the game. These include some returning
jobs like Knight, Monk and Black Mage, as well as many new job classes
like Wizard and Fencer. Bravely Second: End Layer even includes
jobs like Catmancer, which finds players training cats to perform
abilities learned from enemies. When mastering each of the classes in
the game, characters will learn special abilities that can be unleashed
in battle. And by using the “Favorites” feature new to Bravely
Second: End Layer
, players can now save their favorite job, ability
and equipment configurations for their party to easily switch between
whenever they are needed.

Another new feature in Bravely Second: End Layer is the ability
to chain together consecutive battles for bonus experience points. By
winning a battle in a single turn, another wave of enemies will appear,
giving players the chance to defeat them for more rewards. By chaining
together these battles, players can earn tons of extra experience points
and level up much faster.

Although the game is primarily a single-player experience, Bravely
Second: End Layer
takes advantage of wireless features like
StreetPass to bring friends around the world into the adventure. With
StreetPass or a wireless Internet connection, players can borrow job
levels and abilities from friends who also own the game. They can also
invite a friend into battle to attack for one move. By summoning a
powerful friend, the tide of battle can quickly turn, maybe even
deciding the difference between victory and defeat.

In addition to Bravely Second: End Layer, role-playing fans
are in for an absolute treat this year with a wide variety of RPGs now
available and coming soon for Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of
systems. Games now available for Nintendo 3DS include FINAL
FANTASY EXPLORERS
 from SQUARE ENIX, Project
X Zone 2
 from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc. and the
original Pokémon games (Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon
Blue Version
, as well as Pokémon Yellow Version: Special
Pikachu Edition
) in the Nintendo eShop. Launching June 24 for Wii U, Tokyo
Mirage Sessions #FE
lets players slay monsters – and slay like a pop
star – all at the same time in a new RPG from acclaimed developer ATLUS.
Also, the newest Nintendo 3DS installment in the popular Monster
Hunter
action RPG series from Capcom is making its way to the West
this summer in Monster Hunter Generations. Finally, Dragon
Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
 launches exclusively for
Nintendo 3DS later this year.

Bravely Second: End Layer launches on April 15 and can be
purchased in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at
Nintendo.com at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information
about the game, visit http://bravelysecond.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about
this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 692 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
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GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
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Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
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