We're coming up on the one year anniversary of Bravely Default's western release and, while there's been some major progress made on the sequel, fans are still chomping at the bit for a comparable JRPG experience.
That is, of course, unless they're already playing Super Smash Bros. or are currently queued up at the Nintendo World Store to pick up a copy of Pokemon ORAS this Friday.
Anyway - the point here is that there's a new RPG worth putting on your radar and, to be honest, I've kinda been avoiding writing anything about it because of the name: Legend of Legacy... which actually isn't too far off from Bravely Default Flying Fairy if you think about it.
It's also worth noting that Legend of Legacy isn't too far off of Bravely Default in terms of aesthetics or raw style either either. Check out the trailer below and be sure to watch out for: hand drawn backgrounds, cute pop-up cityscapes, chibi 3D characters, and some sexy, sexy turn-based combat.
But unlike Bravely Default, it's got an anthropomorphic frog knight as a playable character.
If that frog seems like a throwback to Chrono Trigger that's not entirely a coincidence. Legend of Legacy has some huge starpower behind its development team at FuRyu including staff that have worked on Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy X, the SaGa series, and The Secret of Mana.
What makes it particularly innovative as a game, however, is the approach it takes toward storytelling. Rather than guide you through the plot like many other JRPGs, Legend of Legacy will attempt to tell its story without the use of linear quest progression.
In other words, you'll pick a three-member party from a cast of seven - ranging from the comely Eloise to Filmia the frog - and set out to adventure around the world however you like. Once you complete the one main goal that Legend of Legacy throws at you, it's up to the individual player to decide how to proceed and who they'll be proceeding with.
If this doesn't sound like enough to get you excited, the English subtitles in the just-released combat trailer below probably should.
Impressively, Legend of Legacy has almost completely flown under the radar during its development and is scheduled for a Japanese release on January 22, 2015 (eg, less than 2 months from now). There's no word on a western release just yet - but hey, English subtitles!
Incidentally, Bravely Default's sequel Bravely Second is also expected to hit Japan sometime in early-to-mid 2015, so next year's already shaping up to be a banner one for 3DS owning fans of JRPGs.
...who are lucky enough to live in Japan.