With the Nintendo eShop for 3DS and Wii U now retired it won’t be too surprising to see more announcements like this going forward. Square Enix provided an update on May 10th about the online features in the Bravely Default titles on 3DS (Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer). In this case the games will continue to be fully playable but features like ‘Net Friend Invites’ and sending “Nemeses” to other players are expected to be disabled at the end of June. The full announcement below covers their timeline of events with more specifics coming later this month:
Thank you for your continued support of the BRAVELY series games. As previously announced, the Nintendo eShop service for the Nintendo 3DS series and Wii U will end on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. (JST). We sincerely apologize to everyone still playing the games and appreciate your understanding. See below for details on the shutdown schedule.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 9:00 a.m. (JST)
Nintendo eShop service ends
SP Drinks will no longer be available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 16:00 (JST) to Monday, April 17, 2023, 16:00 (JST)
Network server maintenance
Network functions including Update Data and registering friends via the internet will be discontinued.
May 2023 – Announcement #2
We will provide details on the impact of the server shutdown.
Friday, June 30, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. (JST)
Network server shutdown
We plan to explain the impact of the network sever shutdown in announcement #2 in May, but we expect that Net Friend Invites and sending Nemeses will no longer be available.
Even after the server is shut down, the games themselves will be playable to their endings. StreetPass between 3DS players will also still be available. Thank you for your continued support of the BRAVELY series.Tomoya Asano, BRAVELY Series General Producer
Thanks to Benjamin Michael Grieve for pointing out the news, I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar.