Despite releasing less than a year ago, Square Enix has announced that it’s shutting down the mobile gacha spin-off of the Bravely Default franchise, Brilliant Lights. This means that players will no longer have access to the game after early 2023.
Brilliant Light is a mobile spin-off of the popular Bravely Default series, one of Square Enix’s more popular RPGs in the past few years, alongside Triangle Strategy, which hit one million sales recently. The game was released in January 2022, and the gameplay is similar to its main series, with combat moves that require BP units in combat and can be used for chain attacks. The game tells the story of four characters called “Light Warriors,” and characters from the Heroes series, such as Agnes, Edea, and Ringabel, also appear. The game relies on Gacha mechanics and has cooperative battles that require characters to work in sync.
The publisher has not yet given details on why it will discontinue Brave Default: Brilliant Light. Although Square Enix probably felt that the game wasn’t popular enough, they could continue to provide satisfactory service. The shutdown notice of the game states that even though the developers worked hard to keep updating the game, the company ultimately felt it was best to shut down the service. However, Square Enix is not yet done with the will release of an offline version of the game that will allow players to experience part of the main plot and see some of the characters again.
Starting today, players will no longer be able to purchase Mythril as in-game currency but can still use Mythril in their possession until the game is closed, and any unused Mythril will then be refunded. Square Enix said that the final update for the game would include the newest story arc, event quests, group raids, and an anniversary celebration.
Brilliant Lights is the second mobile game released by Square Enix that shuts down in early 2023. The publisher also recently announced that the free-to-play battle royale game Final Fantasy VII: First Soldier will be shut down, even though it has only been a year since the two games were launched on iOS and Android.