Drakengard 3 announced for PlayStation 3

Square Enix surprises with action RPG sequel.

March 12, 2013 / 07:54 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Deadly Premonition studio Access Games is developing Drakengard 3, or Drag-On Dragoon 3 as it’s called in Japan, for PlayStation 3 under the publishing of Square Enix, the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu reveals.

An action RPG, the sequel stars female protagonist Zero, who has a younger sister named One. Zero is an Utautai, a person with the ability to manipulate magic through song. A flower grows on her right eye, and her left arm is an artificial one. She doesn’t mind having a relationship with a number of men. She has a violent personality and is easily annoyed.

One is also an Utautai, however, her personality is completely opposite her sister’s, who she doesn’t get along well with. She is intellectual and serious.

Drakengard 3 will maintain the series’ trademark high-speed action. And the style switching between air (dragon flights) and ground combat style, too. Missions are mainly land-based battles, and when splashed with blood Utautai (therefore, the player) obtain more power. A screenshot in Famitsu shows Zero fighting a large group of soldiers.

“It’s not Drakenguard or Nier,” said creative director Yoko Taro. “If you’re expecting that, you’ll be disappointed.”

Development on Drakengard 3 is 60 percent complete. A release date was not announced. The official website should be available tomorrow here.

Find a list of staff below.

  • Producer: Takamasa Shiba (Drakengard)
  • Creative Director & Scenario: Yoko Taro (Drakengard, Nier)
  • Character Design: Kimihiko Fujisaka (Drakengard)
  • Sound Director: Keiichi Okabe (Nier)

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  • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII Aurōra Tredecim

    :lol “Drakenguard”.

    • Skeletor

      Drakengard 1&2 were lots of fun.

      LoL at other consoles not getting this game and at gamers trolling this announcement.

      • MosquitoLemon

        He was making fun of the typo, not the game

      • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII Aurōra Tredecim

        Huh? This announcement sent me over the moon. NieR is my game of the generation. More Yoko Taro would be divine.

        I was only making fun of the typo.

  • HarryHodd

    Sweet! Ability to manipulate magic through song sounds cool. Can’t wait to see it in action.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Quite a surprise announcement in my opinion.

    I’m also flattered they would name the female protagonist after little ol me! Just kidding. xD

    • DrForbidden

      You have a brother named One? :P

    • rockman29

      You’re an Utautai……..

      Whatever that is… lolz.

    • Eclipse

      “She (Zero) Doesn’t mind having a relationship with a number of men”

      Well… that’s interesting. ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1598149010 Rayhan PromisedGallery

        i’m hoping there won’t be separate versions of game with Mama Zero & Sister Zero LOL

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1598149010 Rayhan PromisedGallery

        hmm.. i wonder if they will make Mama and Sister Version of Zero LOL

      • LordKaiser

        Shy male virgin male main character may be involved.

    • MosquitoLemon

      I name all my protags Zero by default, SE has finally caught up to me!

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        Oh stop it! You’re making me blush! (lol)

  • Potionzmaster

    If it’s even close to Nier in terms of story and music, I’m in :D

    • DrForbidden

      Agreed. Nier was genuinely a pleasant surprise for me in 2010. One of the best games I’ve played on current gen in terms of narrative power.

    • DichaTesoro

      Never was very interested in the Drakengard games, but am excited about this game having the same music director as Nier. I hope the soundtrack will be just as good…and if it is, an easy way to get a hold of it.

    • Kobracon

      From what I hear, the stories in Drakengard are actually very good. The gameplay of the first was so-so. It was a mix of Dynasty Warriors and Panzer Dragoon.

      The stories were very creative and VERY dark. If you look up some of the synopsis, I’m sure you’ll see it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1598149010 Rayhan PromisedGallery

        Drakengard has one of the most unique story of all video games. It just fail a bit in gameplay and storytelling.

        Drakengard 1 is definitely has most interesting stories, but Drakengard 2 and Nier beat it in storytelling.

    • Mar Mar

      Nier forth ending broke my heart to a point where I couldn’t speak to anyone for at least a day.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Sorry for the lateness. Was at a lecture of sorts in the city tonight. Literally wrote and posted this while I was on the train heading back. xD

  • MosquitoLemon

    Ohhh, I didn’t know Drakengard and Drag-on Dragoon were the same thing until now… In either case I never played the first or second, did they have a low print run?

  • Bloodios

    Developed by Square Enix… then I guess Cavia really is long gone…

    *Sigh* For some reason I’m still hoping that someday somehow, somebody would pick up Cry On

    I sure hope that the prequels would get HD-remastered eventually, or at least available to download from the PlayStation Store as PS2 Classics.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Oh, I don’t know who the developer is exactly. Listing just says Square Enix. I changed it to “producing.”

      • Bloodios

        I see. I would really want Cavia to develop the game (knowing that it’s impossible, being absorbed by AQ Interactive and all…)

    • ShinAsura(新阿修羅)

      Cavia is gone, they were dissolved into Marvelous AQL

  • Milyc

    “The unsupressed soul lets flow oceans of blood”.

    The hype speaks for itself.

    These news couldn’t get any better.

  • ShinAsura(新阿修羅)

    Sounds like my kind of girl! I’m in

  • Himiko

    Please let them be cute.

  • bebestorm117

    What A Surprise!

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    added some staff peoples

  • Akira_Tenshi

    Didn’t see that one coming.

  • Raiyu

    I’ve never played Drakengard before, but the fact that its an ARPG already makes me excited.

    I need to get on my PS2 grind, I missed out on so many games.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    added a few more details

  • DrForbidden

    “A flower grows on her right eye, ”

    I had to read this sentence a few times. That’s… interesting, to say the least.

    EDIT: Just saw the photo. Whoah.

  • http://www.squarealliance.com/ Zackasaur

    I did not at all see this coming.

    Never played the other two. :/

  • Milyc

    Keiichi Okabe, amigos. Godly OST is on its way back.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Developer is Access Games. Deadly Premoniton peoples.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      Very interesting.

  • Tetsu

    What is on the end of her fake arm?
    Spear/rapier looking thinga-ma-bob.

  • HarryHodd

    Okabe doing to music. :))). Niers soundtrack is so good.

  • PrinceHeir

    wow i freaking knew the creator of Nier would handle some of Square Enix IP’s.

    Drakengard 3 woo!!!!!

    please be as dark as the last two games!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1598149010 Rayhan PromisedGallery

      more closer to Drakengard 1 is better
      Drakengard 2 is too hussy compared to the first

      • zakou

        Drakengard 1 had very short and little story, the second one was actually focused on story and multiple characters. But the first one did feel darker, however the gameplay was way better in the second one imo.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1598149010 Rayhan PromisedGallery

          the first is short but unpredictable with so many twist.
          the second game has long but so many things in it are too predictable, with generic character, etc. And the fact i have to replay 3 times in the second game was a total nightmare.

          Second game is just better in storytelling and gameplay. Characters and core story in the first are better.

          • zakou

            True xD but then there was NieR and combined both the awesomeness of the 2 previous games and became a better game itself, now how i wish Cavia has evloved with Drakengard 3, I know that Cavia is dead but the true spirit of the team still lives and so does Cavia in a way.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    More details added.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Annnnd another scan. This time of Zero on a dragon.

  • uhawww

    ACCESS on dev duty. Okabe doing the music. Taro directing.
    This will be good. Very good.
    They have the right people to make a damn fine game.

  • InternatlGamer3

    I beat both Drakengard 1 & 2 in 2011. I never thought they’d make a “Drakengard 3″. I F$&king Love the Drakengard series

  • InternatlGamer3

    I beat both Drakengard 1 & 2 in 2011. I never thought they’d make a “Drakengard 3″. I F$&king Love the Drakengard series

  • Pekola

    This looks really interesting. Nice to see that even if Cavia’s gone, we can expect some goodness.

    Looking forward to the OST. Hopefully this game isn’t as creepy as the first one.

  • LordKaiser

    How many times the world had to end?

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Moar details.

    • Pekola

      Major thanks for the news. I’m so hype now.

      ‘Not Drakengard or Nier’

      So…what is it gonna be then? Also 60 percent complete!? Oh lordy I’m so excited.

      • zakou

        I’m starting to think that they are using this term to defend themselves, Drakengard and NieR sold like shit, they are just saying “our game will be better this time”

    • HarryHodd

      Scans are looking good. Nice character designs.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Zero’s dragon looks awesome! :D

  • Barrit

    I never played the first 2, but heard great things. I have been hoping for an HD collection for quite a while now so I can try them out. Maybe this is the right time?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1598149010 Rayhan PromisedGallery

    wohoo is she riding a holy dragon?
    still not as awesome as Angelus though…

  • new_tradition

    Surprising news. I honestly didn’t think this would ever happen since Cavia was gone. Although…I actually never really took to Drakengard. I played a bit of the first game, but I just couldn’t get a handle of flying on the dragon. Really frustrated me at the time (4-5 years ago), so I dropped it pretty quickly. I even have the second game lying untouched since I bought them both at the same time. I guess I should give the series another chance. Maybe sway my opinion so I get this third one. Though I wonder what Taro means about this 3rd game not being like past Drakengard games (or NieR)…

    (Oh whoa, I hope they get the same people who did the music in NieR for this game then *_*)

    EDIT: OMG, THEY ARE =DDDDD

    I’m already taking a liking to Zero’s character, though. The description reminds me of Kaine from NieR, who I ended up loving after I got over her design. I’m also liking how she’s fine with being in multiple relationships. Considering all the shit she’s gonna go through, it’s perfectly reasonable she doesn’t have time to commit to one dude and sigh wistfully when he’s not around or some crap like that. Bad ass female characters who are sex positive without worrying about double standards are awesome ♥

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003583595295 Shaun Huseman

    Im all in. I want to play the first two, but I remember they were highly censored for the US releases.

    • Severian

      Not really. At least the first one wasn’t. If I remember correctly, they didn’t cut anything out of the game. It’s just that some of the creepier story elements like incest etc. are kinda more obvious (though still very subtle) in the japanese version, but it’s only because of the differences between english and japanese and maybe because of voice acting.

    • Severian

      Not really. At least the first one wasn’t. If I remember correctly, they didn’t cut anything out of the game. It’s just that some of the creepier story elements like incest etc. are kinda more obvious (though still very subtle) in the japanese version, but it’s only because of the differences between english and japanese and maybe because of voice acting.

  • Kobracon

    Well well. Never thought I’d see a Drakengard 3. And its being done by the Access Games. I didn’t particularly like the gameplay of the first 2 so let’s hope this revamped one will be good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Best news of the year!
    Btw, when famitsu doesn’t tease for next week scoop great news came out. LOL.

  • transgojobot

    I’m just thrilled to have Kimihiko Fujisaka’s designs on this; what a phenomenally talented man.

  • ShinAsura(新阿修羅)

    My import list keeps getting bigger

    • zakou

      Just like Drakengard 1-2 and NieR this should come to US/EU in a matter of no time after the Japanese release. But i guess you should import it anyways xD remeber NieR? The story was a bit different there in the Japanese release, also a very tiny bit better imo.

      • ShinAsura(新阿修羅)

        Yep, Japan received the better version in Nier Replicant

        • new_tradition

          Is that true? I just thought it was a difference of playing a father or a brother? Like, I guess there might have been dialog changes to account for, but I figured the only extra was the Recycled Vessel DLC or whatever it was called. Nothing in the core games O.o

          • Vanadise

            The only difference between Gestalt and Replicant is the father/brother thing.

            And the only reason somebody would consider Replicant “better” is if they can’t handle having a main character who’s not a prettyboy.

            • new_tradition

              Lol, I won’t lie, I was definitely pouty that we didn’t get the pretty boy option for a while, but I think I sympathized more with the father pov

  • InternatlGamer3

    Love Drakengard and have beaten both games and own them. Still cant wait for “Drakengard 3″ Day 1 hands down

  • Elvick

    “It’s not Drakengard” said creative director Yoko Taro. “If you’re expecting that, you’ll be disappointed.”

    Then why is it called Drakengard 3? Those kinds of statements, are silly to me. Just make it something else if you don’t want people to expect it to… you know, be exactly what you’d expect it to be with it using an existing IP. Would be like making Pokemon a realistic FPS called “Pokemon Duty” and Nintendo being all, “It’s not Pokemon. If you’re expecting that, you’ll be disappointed.”

    Oh well. If it turns out good, that’s nice. :3

    • Pekola

      I think he means is that the game will feel different to both Drakengard and Nier. Even if it’s basically Drakengard. And that we probably should not expect something like Nier–which is what a lot of people would
      inevitably be expecting.

      The question is, how is NOT anything like past entries? What makes this not be like Drakengard or Nier?

      • Solomon_Kano

        I’m thinking he’s saying it’s going to play differently from those two. That’s what it sounds like to me, at least.

        I mean, I keep rereading “the series’ trademark high-speed action” and thinking “wut”. The only thing that was really speedy about Drakengard was aerial combat, but if the missions are mainly land-based, then…? So I’m guessing ground combat’s being reworked to be a departure from both Drakengard and Nier, maybe?

        I dunno, hopefully it won’t be long before we see a trailer since they’re so far along with it.

  • zakou

    OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMG!!!!!!!!!!! THIS!! YESS!

    Edit: Wtf? it’s not drakengard or NieR? wtf does he mean by that? the Title says Drakengard 3 O_O

  • zakou

    Day one! :D

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Holy ****!!! I remember riding a dragon and shooting fire at groups of soldier.. Now a sequel is being made!!?? Thank you Square Enix!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1598149010 Rayhan PromisedGallery

    i’m hoping there won’t be separate versions of game with Mama Zero and Sister Zero LOL

  • Adol Christian

    Female protagonist Zero certainly has the ‘Look’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ligia.muraro Ligia Muraro

    wow that made my day. kinda.

  • Zuhri69

    Really? Square Enix announcing something worth announcing? Wait, is this an opposite day? Does this even exist? God, what the… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  • LordKaiser

    “She doesn’t mind having a relationship with a number of men”

    …Is she a slut? If there’s a shy male protagonist or main character she’ll rape him.

    • z_merquise

      She ain’t slut. She’s a playa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Carey/100002268548407 Jacob Carey

    Oh the last two Drakengard games were awesome!! Well…this motivates me to buy a PS3 now…