With less than a month to go now until the game’s Japanese launch, Square Enix has pushed out another press release for Bravely Second, once again introducing two new characters and classes, as well as introducing the Chomper Maker minigame. You can catch the translated goods below.
Wizard Asterisk Holder: Ayame
Ayame is a 22 year-old Wizard Asterisk Holder affiliated with the Grantz Empire. Decked out top to bottom in black and always carrying a strange doll with her, she gives off an unsettling vibe. With Cu Chulainn as her apprentice, she goes after Yuu and his party using a new form of magic known as “Ethereal Magic.” Her expression ever-hidden behind her raven locks, Ayame seems to bear something of a deep-seated grudge against the crew, one that goes deeper than just her mission….
Chariot Asterisk Holder: Cu Chulainn
Cu Chulainn is the Chariot Asterisk Holder hailing from the Grantz Empire. His age unknown, on his back, he carries an incalculable number of weapons, while also possessing a horse’s torso for on the lower half of his body. So lengendary is his boundless fighting spirit and fury that he’s feared by the imperial troops as the “Raging Chariot.” For some reason, though, he calls not the emperor his master, but Ayame, without any hesitation whatsoever. As someone who styles himself to be something of an ancient fighter, he speaks in a manner befitting a past era, although just who he truly is and why his body is what it is are complete, utter mysteries.
Performer Asterisk Holder: Praline à la Mode
Praline is a battlefield idol known for her cute, dazzling looks in tandem with her natural singing voice, lending her quite the following. As a former member of the Black Blades in the previous game, she tried intervening in the insurrection at Eisenberg, but ultimately stepped out of the limelight for a time after facing defeat at the hands of Tiz and his group. Now, however, she’s returned to the singing business and says she’s in the midst of preparing new songs.
Pirate Asterisk Holder: Hayreddin Barbarossa
The first mate of the Eternian Black Blades, Hayredden rides aboard the SS Funky Francisca around the Pirate Ocean. This time around, though, as a man of the seas, he apparently sometimes tries to put his foot down with Praline, but….
Swordmaster Asterisk Holder: Nobutsuna Kamiizumi
Nobutsuna is the head of the Black Blades and a true master of the art of the sword, having once been Edea’s teacher. Previously, during the uprising at Eisenberg, against all odds, he managed to hold his own admirable against considerable opposition. Afterwards, though he appeared to be engaged in an international journey to further hone his skills, ostensibly in the middle of his travels, he reappears before Edea and the others alongside a cat he takes in.
New Job: Wizard
A new job that specializes in the new class of “Ethereal Magic.” Their special ability, “Addendum,” which allows them to change the effects of their magic by adding special words to their spells, is highly powerful and has its uses throughout the entirety of the game.
New Job: Chariot
Chariots are physical attack characters that can make use of most any weapon available to them. They come with three special abilities: Warmonger, which sees their affinity for their equipped weapon go up with every normal attack; Disorder, which lets them throw their weapon at all enemies; and Triple Blade, which lets them equip three weapons.
Chomper Maker is a new minigame where four characters are tasked with making Chomper plushes by cutting cloth, padding them, fastening together, and adding the final touches, with one character per job. Upon making a plush, they get stored in the packaging in the bottom screen, which can be sold for a special currency known as “Chomps.” Chomps can then be exchanged for PGs, making it in players best interests to push out as much stock as they can! The prices of each pack vary depending on things like how full a given pack is and whether it includes certain types of Chompers. Adequately fulfilling such conditions will result in a bonus being tacked on. Plus, if the value of a pack of plushes reaches specific amounts, players can unlock additional BGMs that can be be played freely as they go about their work.
Not all plushes are the same, though; produce enough of them and the chance to make rare Chompers just might arise. The type of tools used to produce them can also affect players’ output, with good quality ones increasing productivity for a limited time frame, doling out specific effects ranging from making rare Chompers to overall production time for each unit being shorted, among many others. Manufacturing tools can be bought from a special shop that takes payment in Chomps.
It’s also worth paying attention to the Fever Gauge. Every time a Chomper plus gets made, the gauge goes up and once it tops out, a character can be picked to go into Fever Mode, drastically improving their morale and, by extension, their work output.
A mysterious little settlement buried deep within a forest far away from human eyes, the Chomper Village. It’s here that Chompers are sent out from the “Chomper Cooperative” and have life breathed into them before being sent out into the world at large.
Bravely Second is due out in Japan for 3DS on April 23. As you might expect, you can catch all of the latest screenshots and artwork for the game at the gallery here.