Square Enix has announced that the 3DS RPG Bravely Default has sold more than one million units worldwide. The game has sold just 400,000 units in Japan and over 600,000 units everywhere else.
A free-to-play version of the game is available on the 3DS eShop. This version contains the first four chapters of the game. Players can pay 2,000 yen for the other five chapters of the game.
Bravely Default is a spiritual successor to Square Enix games from the Super Nintendo, such as Final Fantasy V. It is a turn based fantasy RPG that borrows elements from older Square Enix games. The success of the game has made Square Enix examine its strategy for Final Fantasy.
"In the past, when we developed console games with a worldwide premise, and we lost our focus," said Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda. "And not only did [those releases] end up being games that weren’t for the Japanese, but they ended up being incomplete titles that weren’t even fit for a global audience."
"On the other hand, there are games like the JRPG [Bravely Default that] we made for the Japanese audience with the proper [and familiar] elements," he added. "[That] ended up selling well around the world."
Bravely Default sales in Japan are similar to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Sales for Final Fantasy games have been on the decline. Final Fantasy XIII sold one million units in its first day in Japan, while Final Fantasy XIII-2 hasn't reached 700,000 units.