Back in November Square Enix announced another mobile spinoff in their ultra-popular Bravely Default series following 2015’s Japan-only release of Bravely Default: D’s Report. This new entry was entitled Bravely Default Fairy’s Effect and was slated for release in Japan sometime in 2017, which it turns out was actually just this past week. While I’m sure there’s a contingent of folks out there who are hoping for an original premium RPG in the Bravely Default universe, that was going to be a long shot no matter what with the way Square Enix cranks out free to play social RPGs, and that is no different with the arrival of Fairy’s Effect. The good news though is that if you’re a fan of streamlined battling and gacha-style character collection, Bravely Default Fairy’s Effect seems to be a very well-made entry in the social RPG genre. Here’s a couple of Japanese-language trailers which probably aren’t terribly exciting if you can’t understand what’s being said but at least give you an idea of what the game itself is like.
Not being a fan of Bravely Default myself I can only go by what I’ve been hearing in the forums and in our Discord chat that Fairy’s Effect is pretty good fan service for those who have enjoyed the full-fledged games on 3DS and who know what they’re in for with the whole social RPG thing. The bummer news is that there’s been no indication that Bravely Default Fairy’s Effect will be localized outside of Japan, and given that Bravely Default: D’s Report never made it out West, I’m kind of doubting this one will either. That said, anything can happen and we’ll keep our ear to the ground for news of the game heading stateside, and I’m guessing Shaun will pick this one up at some point and be able to give you all a much more expert opinion on the matter than I can. If you’re feeling adventurous though, it sounds like the game is easy enough to navigate without understanding the Japanese, so if you want to give the free download a shot you can do so via the link below.
Japanese App Store Link: BRAVELY DEFAULT FAIRY’S EFFECT, Free (Universal)