Drakengard 3 Announced! Original Director and Staff from Drakengard and Nier on board!

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What’s that? Has it been too long since you have had your dragon-riding, hack-and-slash frenzy fix? Was Nier simply not enough, and missing that touch of engulfing your enemies in flames? Well, you’ll never believe what’s been announced.

In a surprise revelation, Square Enix has announced that there will in fact be a Drakengard 3! What’s more, it is reportedly already 60% finished, and slated for a 2013 release in Japan! There is also an official Japanese website for the game with more details regarding the game’s story and its characters! (As a subtle nod towards the series, there is a piano arrangement of Drakengard’s theme, “Growing Wings”, that plays in the background of the site! Most likely this is arranged by Keiichi Okabe, the composer of Nier, as he will be the composer for Drakengard 3.)

Perhaps the greatest and most relieving news of all is that the original director and staff of Drakengard and Nier are back on board to make Drakengard 3! This came as a shocker for many, considering the team was disbanded shortly after Cavia was changed into AQ Interactive, followed with Yoko Taro resigning to go on a directing hiatus. The company then merged with Marvelous AQL and Liveware to become Marvelous AQL.

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The game will center around two sisters, Zero (left) and One (right), who are both goddesses (whether that ties them into the likes of Furiae and Eris, the Watchers, or something new entirely is yet to be confirmed). From what has been explained of the storyline so far, the world once plunged into darkness and chaos (and we all know what that’s like), and the Goddesses descended to help mankind. This lead to the Goddesses being worshiped (as the name would imply), and it seems to be Zero’s goal to reign supreme over the “Utahime” (“divas” in Japanese). She even goes as far as to ally with a Dragon in order to do so, but whether or not a pact is made or not is still uncertain. Considering the fact that the Dragons and Watchers are in an endless feud with one another within the Drakengard lore, having a Goddess join forces with a Dragon could definitely put everything we once thought we knew upside down!

You play the game as Zero, who uses a special ability called “Utautai” (which means “vocalist” or “singer” in Japanese). This power is unleashed once Zero has become fully covered in blood (which just screams Caim with his own constant bloodlust in the previous two games). If you look closely at the artwork below, you will notice the glyphs seen throughout Drakengard and Nier whenever magic/song is used…

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Zero herself is very carefree and apparently “promiscuous”, and I suppose we’ll see just where that leads to in the game itself! One, on the other hand, is very solemn and serious, providing a dynamic contrast to her older sister.

Perhaps one of the most interesting features of Zero (and certainly unique in the world of gaming) is that she has a flower growing out of her right eye. This flower resembles a Lunar Tear, which is a very special flower in the game Nier. Could this provide a correlation between Kaine and Zero? Or is this just another subtle nod between the games, much like Drakengard was directly mentioned in Nier? Something also worth noticing is that the logo for the title of the game features this same flower (Lunar Tear) blossoming, with the pact sigil for Caim and  (the logo for the first game) sprouting from it. Interesting.

Here are some screenshots already released for the game! Hopefully a trailer will be shortly on the way!

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I actually took it upon myself to start a sort of campaign and request that Emi Evans, the vocalist for the songs of Nier (which I’m sure many of you are well familiar with), perform the vocals for any music in Drakengard 3, notably a new rendition of “Growing Wings”. I contacted both the director of Drakengard 3, Yoko Taro, as well as Emi herself, and both show interest in having her included in the soundtrack! According to Taro-san, this goes beyond his control though, and any requests for this need to be taken to Square Enix themselves. So for any of you who would also like to see this talented singer have a chance to perform such an iconic song to the series (the song also had an appearance as both an instrumental version and vocal arrangement in Drakengard 2 as well), please follow the link below to my own personal request via Twitter, and feel free to also send a tweet yourself to Square Enix and to the official Twitter page for the game!

I know this magazine is out of reach for most unless you are in Japan, so I have also included the first manga for Drakengard 3 as an extra tidbit (I am currently translating the pages, and I will have them up soon as well). It was made to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Drakengard, and it features One with a new character named Nero. Warning: the manga does contain mature content, notably brief nudity, and graphic violence. Then again, this is Drakengard we are talking about, so no one should be surprised!

ドラッグオンドラグーン 死ニ至ル赤
(“Drakengard: Red Obtained from Death”)

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