Square Enix has announced that online servers for the Bravely Default games on Nintendo 3DS will shut down on June 30.
Producer Tomoya Asano said that there will be a second announcement later this month about how the shutdown will impact Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer. He explained that the team expects Net Friend Invites and that sending Nemeses will no longer work. However, players can still enjoy the game offline and see their stories to the end after the shutdown. Additionally, StreetPass between 3DS players will still be available.
Thank you for 10 wonderful years of support!We have an important announcement concerning the online features of the Bravely Default titles released on Nintendo 3DS:https://t.co/jR2FtpQl2I
— ブレイブリーデフォルトII公式 (@BDFF_OFFICIAL) May 10, 2023
The 3DS and Wii U eShop storefronts were closed down back in March, and alongside that was the ability to purchase SP Drink items for use in the Bravely Default 3DS games. They aren’t the only game servers being shut down this year. The servers for Team Fortress 2 on PlayStation 3 were suddenly shut down last month after 15 years and Knockout City’s servers are shutting down on June 6.
The latest mainline entry in the series is Bravely Default 2 on Nintendo Switch and PC. In IGN’s Bravely Default 2 review, we said: “Bravely Default 2 is a long, familiar journey with excellent customizable combat and jobs systems that let you make your party and your playthrough truly your own.”
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