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Drakengard Returns With New Sequel

Square Enix is dipping back into one of their more popular catalog titles to deliver a new sequel. No, we’re not going to receive yet another pointless Final Fantasy title as the shocking announcement is that of a new Drakengard title for the PlayStation 3.

Revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu, Drakengard 3 will be an exclusive for the PlayStation 3 and will see the series once again revolve around both ground and aerial battles along with featuring a rather mature, if simply crazy & twisted, narrative.  Details on the game are still somewhat sparse for the time being, but according to excerpts translated by NeoGAF and Siliconera, Drakengard 3 will revolve around a character named Zero.

A female songstress (she does magic with music), Zero has a sister named One who is also a songstress – albeit a more reasonable one compared to her reckless sister.  It’s unknown if there’ll be some sort of co-op or dual character component in the game since it was noted that both Zero and One will have different skillsets.  As of now it appears that only Zero is playable as she’s the main character in the narrative.

Famitsu didn’t delve deep into what sort of gameplay advances are being done in Drakengard 3, but keeping to the franchise tradition of focusing on ground and aerial battles should be enough to keep fans happy. One interesting note that was revealed involves how Zero’s power will increase the more she’s covered in blood.  So one can take away that Drakengard 3 will be an extremely bloody game that will no doubt make it earn an M/Z rating once it’s released.

A sequel to Drakengard 2 always seemed like an unlikely thing, not just because of the niche appeal of the first two titles, but because developer Cavia was dissolved after the criminally underrated action-RPG Nier was released. Thankfully Drakengard 3 won’t be an abomination since Square Enix has brought on Taro Yoko (Drakengard, Nier) to serve as Scenario Director while the art will be handled by Kimihiko Fujisaka (Drakengard).  Additionally, the music in Drakengard 3 will be composed by the wonderful Keiichi Okabe (Nier) – a thing that may make the game an instant must play amongst gamers who adore beautiful music.

So all together Square Enix has essentially gotten the old band back together more or less to develop Drakengard 3.  While the core team at Cavia may have been absorbed by Marvelous AQL, Taro and his colleagues will be working alongside Access Games (Deadly Premonition) to develop the game.  If Drakengard 3 already wasn’t hyped up by gamers fond of Japanese games then I think that last tidbit alone has pushed things into the stratosphere.

A release window wasn’t given for Drakengard 3 and of course it remains to be seen if Square Enix has any plans to actually release this outside of the West – either at all or in a timely fashion. The first two Drakengard games weren’t really megahits in the NA and EU markets, so there’s a slim chance that the third entry could end up being a Japanese exclusive.  Hopefully gamers in the west will be able to experience Drakengard 3 at some point since the previous entries, including the spiritual successor that was Nier, were some of the most memorable action-RPGs to be released in ages.