Bravely Default's Strong Sales Continue, Reach 1 Million Worldwide

The bulk of those sales have come from outside of Japan.

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Well-regarded JRPG Bravely Default has sold more than one million units around the world, according to Square Enix.

The publisher revealed its 3DS RPG has topped 400,000 units in Japan and 600,000 everywhere else in the world, reports Japanese website Dengeki Online. That brings its total sales to over one million units, a number confirmed by the game's official Twitter account (via NeoGAF).

It's an impressive number for a game that--despite starting out as a Final Fantasy game--does not actually carry the name of the franchise, which many feel has been struggling for years. The game earned a strong response from critics and fans alike, who felt it returned to the core of Final Fantasy that has been lost in the series' most recent entries.

Bravely Default was developed by Square Enix but ended up being published outside of Japan (where it was released in 2012) by Nintendo. That proved to be a wise decision, as Nintendo announced earlier this year that it had sold over 200,000 copies in just the three weeks following its North American release in February.

The game's success prompted Square Enix to realize it may have been focusing too much on building games for a global audience, rather than its core fans. "For the new games we'll be developing from this point on, while this may sound a bit extreme, we've been talking about making them as heavy JRPGs," Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda said in March.

A sequel to Bravely Default called Bravely Second is currently in development, but neither a release date nor any confirmation about a western release has yet to be announced.

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