The first game in the Bravely Default series, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, was originally going to be a 3DS sequel to Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light. However, as development progressed and the game evolved into something quite different from a Final Fantasy title, the developers decided to abandon the ties to Final Fantasy in favor of a new franchise.
Flying Fairy was followed in Japan by a mobile title, Bravely Default: Praying Brage, as well as an upgraded version of Flying Fairy entitled Bravely Default: For the Sequel. For the Sequel is the edition of the game that was localized for release in western territories under the title Bravely Default.
On December 4, 2013, Square Enix announced a proper sequel to Flying Fairy entitled Bravely Second.
On December 12, 2019, Square Enix announced Bravely Default II.