Drakengard 3 website opened, debut screenshots
posted on 03.14.13 at 12:15 AM EDT by (@salromano)
See Zero splashed with blood in almost every screenshot.

Square Enix has opened the official website and shared the first screenshots of Drakengard 3, or Drag-On Dragoon 3 as it’s called in Japan, its newly announced PlayStation 3 sequel in development at Access Games.

The site currently has pages detailing the story, characters, system, and specifications. Find the story summary below.

In the distant past, the dark ages swept the world with wars and tyranny, and the Utautai goddesses appeared before its suffering men. With the ability to manipulate magic through song, the goddesses subdued the world’s feudal lords and peace was brought to a rough earth. The goddesses were revered as Utahime (songstress), and were entrusted to govern the world.

The Utautai known as One has a strong will to bring peace and stability to the world. She is the person who will unite the goddesses and stand on top of the world. But one day, her older sister Zero appears before her with a dragon. Zero, too, is an Utautai, and the strongest of their kind. Why did Zero appear before One? Why does she fight alongside a dragon? What exactly are the Utautai? Dark clouds hang over the world once more.

Drakengard 3 is due out for PlayStation 3 this year in Japan.

View the first screenshots at the gallery.

  • GaySkull

    beautiful web site!

  • 新阿修羅(ShinAsura)

    My god she looks awesome

  • DrForbidden

    ……

    What the hell is going on here? o_0

    The screenshots are only 640×360, buteven at this size they look like arse with
    poor resolution and detailing. The bloodstains on Zero look like a joke. This isn’t a PS3 game, though it might pass for a Vita one. Just look at the first few screenshots. That’s high-end PS2 graphics at best…

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Access Games isn’t really known for its graphics. Also, screens are ripped from the website, thus the 640 resolution. But, the official four or so screenshots released to Japanese media are smaller (like 500 by something). But yeah, 1280 would be nice.

      • DrForbidden

        Well, I don’t expect them to do graphics on par with Capcom or Naughty Dog, but seriously, that’s some really dodgy screenshots there. If these are the best screenshots they can provide on a 60% completed game, I think it might be in some serious trouble.

      • http://www.facebook.com/atlans89 Aramary

        Not sure how I should feel. Some screens have a feel of Killer is Dead, but the background texture is likely from Lord of Arcana/Apocalypse…

        P/S: the soldier in this screen is like a deathblow to me

        http://gematsu.com/gallery/drakengard-3/march-14-2013/Drakengard-3_2013_03-14-13_005.jpg.php

      • Sevyne

        Yeah, but this is bordering mid to high end PSP graphics. I mean, I’m not really one to nitpick visuals so as long as a game is fun, but this is almost unacceptably bad looking for a PS3 title.

    • http://www.facebook.com/atlans89 Aramary

      Agreed, this quality is closer to a Vita game than PS3 title. The graphic require some polish. SE need to pull something over this, or please someone tell me this is not final version.

  • Pekola

    I was pretty excited when I opened the site. But then I saw the screens…

    I’m not even the kind of person that goes on about having the very best graphics. But this…I don’t know what to say. Well at least we can expect the story and music to be good ; ~ ;

    • http://www.facebook.com/atlans89 Aramary

      Understand that feeling bro. I don’t have that much expectation in visual, but it’s natural that we want this title to surpass its predecessor. Hearing old staff working on it boost my hype to another level. But it’s not easy to accept this quality and the end of PS3. Gonna wait for gameplay footage then.

    • MrKappa

      Let us hope that these are some kind of alpha or beta screens then or at least some kind of unfinished work.

      • DrForbidden

        I really hope that this is the case. Still, it baffles me that they would use these screenshots as the first promotional materials. If the game is 60% complete, surely they have better quality stuff to share with us? Guess we have no choice but to wait for more…

    • zakou

      Did you hate NeiR because of the graphics? NieR imo was one of the best games this gen, mentioning graphics with such amazing games makes then no less amazing.

      You are right the story, the music and the characters are made by the same people from NieR we can expect the graphics to be overshadowed by the epicness of what NieR did.

      • Pekola

        No, I did not have a problem with Nier. I found the graphics in that game to be good (even though people will probably disagree)

        And I don’t know if you are, but it seems like you’re coming to the
        game’s defense even though no one has said they wanted the very best graphical output.

        To be fair, I think mostly everyone looking into this game is more surprised than anything. I bet no one was expecting Final Fantasy graphics. But these screens show a lot of issues that even someone who only places basic stock on graphics can notice.

        But to play the Devil’s advocate, the screens are small. So maybe these are old screens of what I suspect was early development for a handheld.

      • DrForbidden

        Uhh, I think you’re confusing some elements. First of all, Nier did not have bad graphics. Some character models were arguably ugly, the resolution wasn’t great in some places, and the character designs were an acquired taste, but, no, the graphics were NOT bad. They just weren’t top of the line for a PS3, but then few games are.

        Look at the bloodstains on Zero in the first screenshot. Look at the enemy and background in the second. Check out the soldiers in the 5th shot with the dragon. Compare these shots to screenshots of Nier you can find in Google Image Search. Can you or anyone honestly say you don’t see the problems, or that these screenshots from Drakengard 3 do not have bad graphics for a PS3 game?

  • MrRobbyM

    Ouch. Well, at least it’s probably fun to play?

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Nobody wants to translate the story section on the website ? :)

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Sure. Check the post. =)

      • Farid Belkacemi

        Thank you !

  • Raiyu

    I know Access Games have always worked on handheld games but I was kinda expecting a bit more.

    Hopefully the game is fun though.

  • Bloodios

    Those lo-res textures are rather shocking. What kind of engine are they using to power the game? For a PS3 exclusive, surely the PhyreEngine or even Unreal Engine 3 could’ve produced a better result than that.

    That said, there is something about the stylish art direction that simply makes me not want to criticize the textures too much. And hot dang, Zero is just drop dead gorgeous. Heaven! What an arousing beauty! Half of me is couldn’t wait to pluck that flower from her eye, while the other half is dying to be strangled to death by her prosthetic arm. Oohhiihehiieheieiahahaha…..

    Assuming that the game has a decent story and a collection of soundtracks that is as epic as Nier‘s. If they slap Zero on the cover art in a divalicious pose, I wouldn’t mind buying the game five times at full price.

    • DrForbidden

      I suppose you intend to ‘deflower’ her…
      >_<

      • Bloodios

        …Pun aside, shouldn’t deflowering be a thing of the past for her though? Given that she has no problem being in a relationship with many men. Not that it matters, she is exposing such delicate petals for the beasts to feast their eyes upon, quite suggestively in my opinion. No sin in giving what others expected to be given, after all.

        • DrForbidden

          Hey now, don’t automatically assume that all her relationships are sexual…

          • LordKaiser

            Well she could still end up being a sexual beast and also she seems to be the aggressive kind.

  • z_merquise

    I’m pretty tolerant when it comes to graphics but I admit, this one doesn’t looked appealing.

    For now, I find it disappointing since I love the concept of a high-speed action game in a dark fantasy settings with twisted characters. Plus, the main protagonist is a female who not only looked beautiful but bad-ass at the same time. And just judging by the description of her, she won’t be your typical female protagonist.

    Still I wait for more updates. Here’s hoping they can improve the visuals. And of course make the gameplay fun.

  • Claude

    The PS2 lives!

    • Bloodios

      Has been, still is, and certainly will always be living on… inside my heart.

  • z_merquise

    Hey Sal, can you use this as the image for your next Open Forum?

    http://gematsu.com/gallery/albums/drakengard-3/march-14-2013/Drakengard-3_2013_03-14-13_011.jpg

    Even if I felt disappointed with the game’s visuals (here’s hoping they further polish it), I still love the art by Fujisaka.

    I’m not sure if there were still people checking on the current forum so I just decided to post it here.

    • Pekola

      I’m not sure what’s wrong with this game’s visuals. They’re so…not PS3-y. Which makes me think that maybe it was set to be a portable game at first.

      Let’s hope the 30% left to finish the game includes better textures and a LOT more polish.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Sure, it’ll be upscaled a little, but what the heck why not.

  • http://twitter.com/GematsuZero Zero

    As long as the game is fun, I don’t mind if the visuals are somewhat lacking.

    • LordKaiser

      I agree but they have to come up with a good Battle System with nice combos and good maped buttons (unlike the 1rst) and a good story and at least they’re good at this.

  • Elvick

    Nier wasn’t the prettiest girl on the block either (art design was aces though), graphics don’t bother me as long as the game is good.

  • new_tradition

    Oooooh, that story blurb is interesting. Is Zero possibly playing an antagonistic role? Though NieR showed me how many f*cking shades of grey there are and that your pretty much miserable either way, lol T.T

  • Solomon_Kano

    That little synopsis sounds good. Very interested in how this turns out.

  • Potionzmaster

    It’s a shame that such beautiful artwork is limited by underwhelming graphics. :(
    But, as is already said by other people, at least the music, story and characters will likely be great!

  • Fango

    terrible graphics

  • Warboss Aohd

    da enemies look kinda like da chaoz space marinez.

  • PrinceHeir

    for me all i ask is not to comply with BS like change the main characters looks in case Square Enix US or EU came complaining

    also be as dark and disturbing as possible, i don’t mind any incest stories as long as it’s done right like Drakengard 1 and 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Obb/100001994017630 Bob Obb

    Hot

  • transgojobot

    In regards to the promotional visuals, I’m going to give them the benefit of a doubt and wait for the release trailer. But I would be saddened to see Fujisaka’s sumptuous character designs reduced to …that.