Japanese developer/publisher/dream-ruiner Square Enix has become rather infamous for launching teasers and countdown clocks that get fans’ hopes wayyy up, only to crush them later. Social games without music. Mobile games that only exist to take your money. That sort of thing.
So when I saw this message on the official Twitter account for Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, the 3DS role-playing game that Square has yet to announce for release in North America, I couldn’t help but get nervous:
久しぶりにTwitterにアクセスしました。外国の方の声、ちゃんと届いてますよ！ I accessed Twitter after a long absence. A voice of the foreign one arrives properly! ※翻訳ソフトを使用してます— ブレイブリーデフォルト (@BDFF_OFFICIAL) March 1, 2013
(The first line, as translated by Bashcraft: “It’s been a while since we accessed Twitter. The voices from those folks aboard are definitely getting through!” The second line is their English translation of that, and the third line says that they used a machine translator to turn it English.)
So, OK. On one hand, this is great! A tweet like that must mean they’re bringing it over here, no? After something like this, if the game doesn’t make it to North America and Europe, fans will revolt.
On the other hand, this is Square Enix. They could never announce anything at all. They could turn Bravely Default into a browser game that runs on your tears. You never know.