Drakengard 3 dated in U.S., collector’s edition announced
posted on 02.05.14 at 09:14 AM EST by (@salromano)
Pre-order to receive Japanese voice DLC, other bonuses.

Drakengard 3 will launch for PlayStation 3 at retail and digital in North America on May 20, Square Enix announced.

A three-tier pre-order program will begin today. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Tier One: players who place their pre-order from today through March 3 will receive a special Japanese voiceover DLC and automatically unlock the two yet-to-be-announced bonuses;
  • Tier Two: from March 4 to April 8, pre-ordering the game will unlock the two remaining unannounced bonuses;
  • Tier Three: from April 9 until launch, players will receive the final unannounced locked bonus only.

Pre-order the game before March 4 to receive all three bonuses.

Drakengard 3

A Square Enix Online Store-exclusive collector’s edition limited to 5,000 copies was also announced. For $79.99, it includes:

  • All three tier pre-order incentives mentioned above
  • The Complete Novella
  • Official Soundtrack CD Sampler
  • Prequel Stage DLC – Play as Zero’s sister, One, in this additional level
  • Caim Costume DLC – Protagonist of the original Drakengard (Once equipped, stamina consumption decreases by half when using a skill)
  • Giant Baby Hat DLC – For your in-game dragon companion
  • Drakengard 3 Collectible Poster

The standard edition will cost $49.99.

Earlier this morning, the company confirmed a May 21 digital-only release in Europe.

Watch the first English trailer below. View a new set of screenshots, the game’s standard edition box art, and shots of the collector’s edition at the gallery.

  • Andrew Arndt

    soooo want

  • icecoffemix

    So Jap dub now a standard DLC for SE game. Better than nothing I guess…

    • PrinceHeir

      at least it’s there ^^

  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    Great news for North Americans.

  • SaveTheDay

    Awesome ! I think I’ll import it from USA (I live in Fr) in order to get the box. :)

  • bldudas

    Even though I don’t like Digital River, I had to pre-order this. >.<

  • Seasqwaa

    uhh… Wait, but I already ordered… Is there anyway to cancel that? *tears*

  • Mar Mar

    Did I just hear Liam O’Brien? I guess I won’t have to get Asian version then.

    He voiced Weiss in Nier.

    • Fancy McHiggenbottoms

      He was Akihiko in Persona 3

      • Anime10121

        And Caius in FFXIII-2

        • Seasqwaa

          And Endrance in .hack//G.U.

          • Ash_Riot

            And Lezard in Valkyrie Profile 2.

  • Raiyu

    I’m trying to pre-order but I keep getting a payment authorization failed message :(

  • Derpazu

    Screw you, Square Enix. -_-

  • César H. Sandoval

    I find two very funny things with this piece of news.

    1. The poster has artwork of the Japanese bishounen Nier, we didn’t get him at all in America.

    2. “a Giant Baby Hat”? I’d thing they of all people would call it by it’s actual name, a grotesquerie hat.

  • MrKappa

    Only 5000 copies? I don’t think I’ll be able to restore enough life to my wallet by then.

    • Zackasaur

      It doesn’t charge you until the game releases, right?

  • Gigus

    *sees digital river service logo* Hmmmm…. change your service then you’ll get my money.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Just ordered, this is why it’s good to wait. The Japanese one was super expensive

  • Zuhri69

    Oh god, I want this game but I’m frightened to play it. My feels is not strong enough. But, this game!!!

  • DesmaX

    Is that Mitsuru dubbing Zero?

    Well, that’s a weird choice

  • bloodiOS

    Well, time for to cancel my current pre-order and pre-order the Collector’s Edition instead… knowing Square Enix though, it’s gonna be a fucking pain.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      I had to send customer service an email. Just said I upgraded to the CE

      • Seasqwaa

        May I ask how/where you did this? Their store site certainly isn’t working with me. I want to do just the same!

        • bloodiOS

          Try this:

          http://store.na.square-enix.com/DRHM/store?Action=DisplayContactFormPage&SiteID=sqenixus&Locale=en_US&ThemeID=29853700&Env=BASE#contactcs

          • Seasqwaa

            I shall! thanks! Sorry, my ability… to navigate sites has decreased lately.

            • bloodiOS

              Don’t worry, I spent half a day trying to look for this the last time. I’ll just blame Square for being incompetent at organizing its contents.

              • Elvick

                SE has the worst site ever. It sucks they’re doing exclusive shit with such a broken site. smh

                • new_tradition

                  Seriously. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a sucker for SE. Even with extra shipping costs, I’d get their CEs for games I want, but I’m already hearing customer woes about how LR delivery is being handled, so I just can’t take the chance something goes wrong :/

                • bloodiOS

                  I agree.

            • bloodiOS

              Zackasaur has just shown me a much simpler method for cancelling pre-orders on Square Enix’s online store. Just thought I should let you know about it:

              https://store.na.square-enix.com/orders

              • LennoG

                Thank you, this just saved me a bunch of time waiting for their responses on my request earlier.

              • Seasqwaa

                AHA! Swell! That one was practically instant. I like those results. And I’m all preordered again! Now all I need to do is wait for release. Thanks again!

    • DarthBrian

      Yeah, I have to do this too now. :|

    • Anime10121

      It is, couldnt even FIND my order of the regular version on Digital River’s site, I just sent in a request at the main SE store…

  • Zackasaur

    Wait, is the normal edition no longer exclusive to the SE Store? …Not counting the digital release.

    • César H. Sandoval

      It stil is.

    • bloodiOS

      The physical version of the standard edition is still exclusive to their store.

  • Anime10121

    Square Enix should be proud…there arent many games out there that I’d pay twice the asking price for. I just bought the collectors edition from Digital River (ugh) for a grand total of $101 and some change….

    • bloodiOS

      They should be. I’ve never forked out more than $80 for a game before…

      • Anime10121

        Me neither, I’m not really “big” on collector’s editions. Now same price limited editions I’ll do, but CE’s that usually run for at least $80 before tax? Hell naw. SE just made me do it with this tho..

    • Elvick

      Right? *sigh* I hate it. D:<

      Now if only I could figure out if it took my cancellation request for the standard version.

      If I end up with both versions I'll be furious.

      • bloodiOS

        Yeah, they better freaking send an email confirming the cancellation before I lose my cool.

    • PrinceHeir

      well i just ordered the Limited Edition of Lightning Returns and FFX and FFX-2 HD.

      so i guess this will be the third purchase from them.

      fucking wow! now this is what you call a limited edition!!

  • lorelai4cuties

    COOL …i pre ordered the collector’s edition

  • new_tradition

    Whoa, a lot of things to digest with this post O_O

    Disappointing that awesome CE is a SE store exclusive, but I’m not surprised. I guess they’re trying to give people who won’t order from the store some incentives though…

    But I’m just concerned how these Tier things are gonna work. How will SE know if I pre-order before March 4th from my retailer? Need moar details >.<

    A release date of May 20th, eh? I can dig it ^^

    And at long last, confirmed physical release (in NA at least), and English dub too! I was feeling pretty jaded and was expecting digital only with only English subs, but this is a very pleasant surprise~

    If people have a good ear, maybe you can correct me, but so far this is what my guesses are for the English VAs

    Mikhail = ???

    Zero = Tara Platt (i.e. Mitsuru-senpai =D)

    Around the 0:40 mark on the vid, I don't know the character, but it sort of sounds like the person who does Xemnas' voice from Kingdom Hearts. I looked it up and wiki claims it's Paul St. Peter. Looking at his VA works, it claims he did Leonard from the first Drakengard game! So that feels a little more certain to me :3

    One = ???

    Around the 1:30 ish mark, again, not sure about the character, but I think that’s Laura Bailey…

    Dito: He sounds soooooooo familiar, I definitely recognize it…
    EDIT: Yuri Lowenthal! ^^

    (From here on, I honestly can’t tell)

    Octa = ???

    Decad = Maybe Richard Epcar..?

    Cent = ???

    Two = ???

    Three = ???

    Five = ???

    Four = ???

    Anyways, pretty excited ^^

    • Anime10121

      About your question on how will SE know if you preordered from your retailer… they wont, because you cant buy the game from anyone but the main SE online store. Its not gonna be sold at Amazon, Walmart, Gamestop etc :(

      • new_tradition

        What? Noooooo..!!!

        But then why did they specifically say Europe was getting DD only? SE store exclusive can’t be considered retail D:

        *grumbles and kicks dirt*

        • Ladius

          Europeans can’t import the retail versions from the US Square Enix Store, sadly.

    • bloodiOS

      Just watched it on my phone and based on what I heard from the speaker, Dito’s voice sounds like Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Yosuke Hanamura) and Cent sounds like Troy Baker. I’m hoping One’s voice actress is Laura Bailey but err, I’m not sure yet.

      • new_tradition

        I was thinking Troy for Cent too, but his line was so brief, I wasn’t sure-but since Troy manages to get in pretty much every game releasing, it’s not too surprising, lol

        (I do love Baker’s VA work though, so more of him is fine by me ♥)

        Now if only Liam O’Brian is in this game, it’ll just be oh so good :3

  • http://www.yazuka.net/ Yazuka

    So they will release the regular version of the game in physical form in the US? That’s not SE Store exclusive? Then I’m importing, hate digital only EU.

    • bloodiOS

      I’m pretty sure it’s still exclusive…

    • Ladius

      Sadly, both physical editions are SE Store exclusives.

      • http://www.yazuka.net/ Yazuka

        Damn. =(
        That’s a shame.

  • Arizato

    And yet again Europe gets shafted… I need to find someone in america who will ship this to me… Eff this shit.

  • Elvick

    Guess I gotta go through the hassle of cancelling my original order and ordering the LE.

    I hope my account isn’t randomly deactivated this time…

    edit; Of course, I can’t sign in because it’s “suspended” again. Fucking Square Enix. And I don’t even know if it sent the cancellation email to them or not since after submitting it… it lead to a broken page.

    Fuck. Them. So. Hard. With. Razorblades.

  • Anime10121

    I just watched the trailer…and now I wanna preorder 2 copies (not really)! HOT DAMN this is gonna be awesome :D

  • Zackasaur

    Collector’s Edition pre-ordered!

    I also bought a plush… Because it made more sense to me than paying $12 for goddamned shipping.

    (Orders $100 and over have free shipping.)

    • Elvick

      Be happy you can get free shipping. 21 fucking dollars for no tracking.

      Just ridiculous. $34 if I want the cheaper one with tracking, but… :

      • Zackasaur

        $21 for the cheapest shipping?

        When I have to pay for shipping, I always choose the cheapest option… Unless tracking persuades me otherwise.

        • Elvick

          dat Canada

          • Zackasaur

            At least you’re not European. I feel really sorry for them. :c

            • Elvick

              At this point, I’d rather it not be here either. Then I wouldn’t have had the temptation and wouldn’t be wasting so much money.

              :P

              • Zackasaur

                If I were European, I would have to import the physical copy.

                I don’t know whether or not I’d get the CE… That depends on what the costs are.

  • bloodiOS

    Perhaps Atlus should begin offering Japanese voice pack as a pre-order-exclusive DLC for Collector’s Edition? Seems like a good way to benefit from enthusiasts.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      I agree

    • PrinceHeir

      agree, they’re getting embarrassed right now with all the companies starting to options like this in future games.

  • Zackasaur

    You know, I really want to frame that poster and put it up on my wall… But, considering the packaging, I bet they’re folding the bloody thing.

    I don’t understand folded posters… I can’t put those up anywhere, so I just store them if I’m collecting. :/

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Feel the same way

  • GhostNomad

    Fucking FINALLY. After an hour of site errors, payment errors, and contacting my bank to make sure they weren’t denying the charges, I got my order in. Now I better get the damn confirmation email or I’m about to choke whoever designed SE’s site <.<

    • bloodiOS

      It should show up soon. I, on the other hand, been waiting three hours for the confirmation email of my cancellation of the standard edition…

      • GhostNomad

        Makes sense. When you’re giving them money, they’ll take it in a hurry but when you want to take your money back, good luck!

        Still, hope you get that soon and everything works out. If not, I’ll buy the standard one off you and give it to my best friend since he wanted to buy the game anyway :D

    • Raiyu

      lol I just called them after a while and managed to get my order in, now just waiting on the confirmation email.

  • Jake_Indiman

    I am to assume the giant baby hat is reference to the grotesqueries in the first Drakengard? Weird. But then again, this series was always weird and shocking, in a most pleasant way.

  • bloodiOS

    So you don’t even need to get the CE to get all three tiers DLC, just have to preorder early… Also, looking up on the PlayStation blog, it would seem that the Japanese voice pack will also be available for purchase at a later date… Well, doesn’t matter, I want that physical copy anyway, and might as well go big while I’m at it (the CE does have a lot of good stuffs packed in it.)

    • GhostNomad

      I figured that most/all of the DLC would be sold at some point sooner or later, so that’s never really a deciding factor when I consider preordering. It’s all about the physical goodies, those being the Novella, soundtrack, and poster in this case :D

      • bloodiOS

        And beside, they sorta botched the box art of the standard edition with the weird placement of the logo anyway. Might as well stick with the classier box art of the CE.

        • GhostNomad

          Exactly!

          Now if only we didn’t have to put up with SE’s awful store. As an added bonus, it would’ve been nice to not have to pay $106.23 for the CE, but it is what it is.

          • bloodiOS

            Well, I only have to pay $92 but yeah, I feel ya.

            • GhostNomad

              I figured I’d take a gamble and pay for 2-day shipping hoping that it’d come with a tracking number. Alas, SE was onto my trickery and seem to have thought ahead by either not specifying that they don’t provide tracking numbers, or just making it really fucking annoying to find that piece of information on their site :P

              To be fair, it’s also a possibility that the tracking number will be sent to me once they actually ship the order >.>

              • bloodiOS

                Got the confirmation email yet? It might be included in there.

                • GhostNomad

                  Just got the email a few minutes ago, no number included. The space where it should be is blank. It does have the order number though so I can always check the status that way once I get a notification that the order has shipped. There’s three and a half months until then so I suppose I’ll have time to catch up on other games!

  • artemisthemp

    Looks like I have to find a American to buy and ship this CE to me, since Square Enix yet again forgot EU

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Order confirmed

    • PrinceHeir

      didn’t you just played the JPN one :P

      i assume you know Japanese right?

      if you understand the story, i hope you could tell us on what they censored(if any) or any changes in the story.

      would be much appreciated for the help ^^

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        Ya I did and got the platinum but I’m a Zero fanatic.

        Ya and sure

        • PrinceHeir

          thanks!

        • AnimusVox

          I was reading up on her backstory and damn I fell in pretend love with her. And dat smile

          • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

            Ya she’s my favorite Intoner

  • PrinceHeir

    soo many goodies!!

    i didn’t plan on getting the game since it was exclusive to the Square Enix store and i already just ordered Lightning Returns FFXIII and Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD both Collector’ Edition.

    but now that the JPN voice is included as well as all the DLCs plus novella, plushie and wallppaper this is what i call a collector’s edition worth owning!

    http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/06/1391630521-d3-collectors-edition.jpg

    http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/06/1391616522-d3-banner.jpg

    http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/06/1391616517-d3-ce-ps3.jpg

    http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2014/06/1391630521-d3-ps3.jpg

    lol Atlus US should be ashamed about themselves. they just got their ass handed to them.

    now with Koei already putting JPN voices back to the Atelier series and keeping the JPN voice in other games like Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, the Warrior series etc.

    Namco is already putting JPN voices on Tales of Symphonia US version(first ever) along with tons of amazing goodies and very limited edition. same with their other games.

    Square Enix US/EU taking some notes and including the JPN voice as well as a great collector’s edition that includes a hefty DLC. only bad thing is digital river.

    NIS America, Xseed, Aksys doing everything their power to keep the voices, even if it means losing some money in the process.

    even Konami added some english subs in the JPN version of MGS Ground Zero(they used to put dual audio in games like Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness)

    wow looks like Atlus US is the only one that refuses to get with the times. if Persona 5 is still a english dub only then wow i give up.

    then again i won’t be playing Persona 5 in a long time, since i’m sure they’ll put a “updated” version of the game and on next gen consoles in a few years, spin offs and an anime adaptation as well as possible manga one as well.

    • InfinityAge11

      Um, what are you talking about when you said Atlus refuses to put JP audio in their games? Both Arena and P4:G had JP audio; both of which were their latest in said series.

      • PrinceHeir

        uhh no.

        Persona 4 Arena has dual audio thanks to Arc System works since they put both audios in Blazblue and the menu of Persona 4 Arena is EXACTLY the same as blazblue.

        Golden has no dual audio, Catherine didn’t have dual audio, even their upcoming Conception II has no dual audio

        heck the initial Persona 4 The Animation US Blu ray’s didn’t have a JPN audio(which is rare), but thankfully Sentai rectify this and is releasing a complete collection with the original voices with it soon.

        they have the perfect opportunity to introduce it back on Catherine, but for some reason they didn’t even added nor even included a double flip cover with Katherine(wtf were they thinking?) at least Deep Silver did some justice in EU by adding a Catherine/Katherine reversible covers on both versions of the game.

        but what about Aquapazza? they basically only leave the JPN audio if they can’t afford to do the dub.

        if they did dub the game, you can bet they will remove the original voices just like what they did with Conception II.

        basically they hate to put the original voices for some reason. it’s either they hate it and just want to force everyone to listen to their dub, which is not bad, but i like many others prefer to keep it in original language.

        nothing wrong with english Dub, i just want an option on either sides just to be fair.

        most of the time where a game branches off to other forms of media(anime, spin offs) they can bring back the original voice actors even after so many years has passed. but dubs most of the time can’t do it since either the voice actors are busy or they want to cast some new roles to it.

        heck just mentioning JPN dub in their forums back then, you’ll be crucified and be called as some weaboo or some shit even though the same idiots also request every game to be dubbed.

        glad the forums are gone for good, but they probably set up something new somewhere out there.

        and it seems they haven’t said anything regarding the matter. it’s always the same BS they’ve been spewing in the last years i’ve seen them.

        in the end i pretty much given up on them. i already have tons of games playing and backlogs piling up so it’s really hard to play any games.

        plus taking some JPN class to boot and others stuff so it’s basically a limited selection for me nowadays.

        • bloodiOS

          I think it’s a matter of cost-cutting. I personally think that since they are localizing games for English-speaking audiences, Japanese voices shouldn’t matter. Beside, for people that are still following Atlus after all this time, it really shouldn’t matter that much to them. That said, its inclusion is always welcomed. So, I would prefer that Atlus offers Japanese voices exclusively as a pre-order incentive for a Collector’s Edition or something like that. Because really, there are those who simply do not care about it and many out there might just be dead set on waiting for the game to go on sales before picking it up, so impulsively including Japanese voices in the game at launch would just be a waste of budget. In my opinion, the ones that care the most about Japanese voice-acting are usually enthusiasts and will more than likely to pre-order the game just for it, so might as well make it an exclusive pre-order bonus for Collector’s Edition. That way, it not only offers the enthusiasts a choice in the matter but also would be more profitable for the company. It would definitely beat not offering Japanese voices at all.

          • PrinceHeir

            if your bringing the game from another country, you might as well bring the whole thing since what’s the point? people wanted this because it was created from Japanese and not because it’s from the west.

            actually i can would argue that dubbing would even delay the game further and add more budget to the project you have the ADR director will have to create his own script which may or may not reflect the author’s ideas. plus will have to re-voice the whole thing which meant more rehiring people and more hours of redoing the work compared to just translating the texts and dialogue.

            i actually think it should be reverse. people who want it in english voices should pay it for DLC since your recreating something new from scratch.

            but i doubt that would happen since complainers would probably say english should have been there from the first place even though the game is from Japanese.

            imagine if you would dub the The Legend of Heroes series or any VN/ADV game. i doubt the games would even come out at all if that were to happen.

            “I would prefer that Atlus offers Japanese voices exclusively as a pre-order incentive for a Collector’s Edition or something like that.”

            no, at the very least they should make it available in the store for purchase instead of making it a limited thing.

            some people might not buy the game at day 1 at all due to budget issues or backlogs piling up, they would rather would buy it at a later date only to find out that the option is no longer there.

            and why is that that the OP/ED or insert songs are in Japanese while the dialogue is in English? i thought licensing songs in Japanese costs much more than dubbing????

            that’s why i hate Atlus US, they don’t even offer anything for us who prefer to original work. a company that is much more financial stable compared to other smaller companies out there isn’t willing to take a risk even though their titles are already much more popular compared to others.

            in the end it doesn’t really matter to me. I’m already busy with life with college and tons of backlogs of games and animes/manga to do.

            plus taking Japanese class to understand the language and culture as a whole is much better than just relying on someone else interpretation(it’s good for reference and idea of the situation though)

            • bloodiOS

              Honestly, I think it is rather absurd to think that people want a game based on where it was created, and not because they found its story and gameplay appealing to them. The point of dubbing the game in English is because you are more likely to be able to sell the game with English dubs in the region where English is the primary language. Songs, however, can’t be treated the same way though, seeing that it would involve people from the music industry, which is more than likely to be much more expensive than voice actors/actresses. Anyway, my previous argument wasn’t about licensing vs. dubbing, but more that licensing Japanese voices on top of dubbing the game in English, given that dubbing is vital in trying to amass the appeal to wider audience. With that said, it is even more absurd to propose that English dubs should be offered as DLC while keeping the Japanese dubs by default. It would makes sense if the company is trying to only sell the game to purists and enthusiasts, instead of the majority of gamers in the region. It is because publishers understand that a game with only Japanese dubs will run the risk of selling that much that they all began to offer these titles as digital-only to further minimize the loss.

              Honestly, the point of me suggesting Japanese voices being made exclusive to CE and the like is because it would motivate more enthusiasts to buy the game at launch, which would off-set the potential loss of have paid for the licensing of Japanese voices when the average gamers simply don’t care for it. But of course, seeing that they can’t just selective popped it on some discs, and have to go with the digital voucher route anyway, might as well offer it as a DLC at a later time. That’s not to say that I’m pro-Atlus all the way though, because I do dislike their attitudes of not offering choices for the consumer.

  • futuristic_imagination

    So it’s still pre-order only at square-enix store?
    If so anyone bought anything from them before? I was wondering do they charge you for the full price when you pre-order or they charge you when its near the release date?

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      PayPal is time of order , credit card is when it releases

      • PrinceHeir

        weird, they charge me, but bounce back the cash a few days later.

        maybe they wanted to confirm if the card is real or not?

        this happened to me with Ni No Kuni as well.

        i’m using Visa btw

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

          They’re confirming you have the funds

      • futuristic_imagination

        Ah, thanks for replying back. Now I gotta pre-order that CE now!

        I can’t wait to get this game after I graduate college!

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

          Nice gift ^ ^

  • bloodiOS

    Anyone here has experiences dealing with cancellation of pre-orders on Square Enix’s online store? How long exactly does it take for these guys to reply back confirming my cancellation of the standard edition that I previously pre-ordered anyway? Should I start sending them cancellation requests several times each day from tomorrow onwards just so that they’ll get the freaking message?

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Normally a day

      • bloodiOS

        Ah, I see. Thanks!

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

          Np ^ ^

    • Zackasaur

      It has only taken minutes for me… I’ve done it twice, now.

      • bloodiOS

        Now I’m feeling angry…

        • Zackasaur

          How did you cancel?

          Most people don’t seem to know this, but you can cancel orders instantly without going through their customer service.

          • bloodiOS

            This is the only way I know:

            http://store.na.square-enix.com/DRHM/store?Action=DisplayContactFormPage&SiteID=sqenixus&Locale=en_US&ThemeID=29853700&Env=BASE#contactcs

            • Zackasaur

              I cancel manually here:

              store.na.square-enix.com/orders

              EDIT: LOL The lost post showed up really late.

            • Zackasaur

              I made a post, and now it isn’t showing up…

              I use this:

              store.na.square-enix.com/orders

              • bloodiOS

                Yeah, it’s pending for moderation or something like that. Anyway, you have no idea how thankful I am to find out about this. Thank you so, so much T__T

                • Zackasaur

                  You’re welcome! I figured this out by reading over a confirmation email from Digital River. c:

                  • bloodiOS

                    I wish you an infinite supply of luck for finding that out and letting me know about it.

                    • Zackasaur

                      Accepted! I’ll need it.

                      I actually discovered through this method that you can make a pre-order, cancel the game (do not cancel the pre-order DLC) and still get the DLC codes emailed for free.

                      It’s a great way to exploit their poor system. They deserve it.

                    • new_tradition

                      I know it’s been a while since you made this comment, but when did you cancel your order to still get the DLCs? I’m kind of thinking about cancelling my CE since it’s gonna cost me almost twice as much as the CE itself, but if I did that now, will they still overlook sending the DLCs anyways 3 months from now, or should I do it closer to the release date?

                    • Zackasaur

                      I don’t think they really -monitor- this stuff, so it shouldn’t matter.

                      This only works if the DLC shows up as a separate item in your order. I made an order earlier with Lightning Returns CE and Drakengard 3. The Lightning Returns pre-order bonus was included as a third item.

                      I cancelled the LR order when I realised that it was going to come late, and I cancelled Drakengard 3 when they announced the CE (which I ordered right away).

                      So, the only thing left in my order that wasn’t cancelled was the pre-order DLC. Sure enough, a bit ahead of launch, they emailed me a code.

                      So I don’t really think it matters when you cancel, since they’re probably not monitoring for this stuff.

                    • new_tradition

                      Thanks for the reply! So I should be good either way ^^

  • AnimusVox

    Woohoo 2 days after my birthday
    (>^^)>
    <(^^<)
    * gets stabbed by Zero for doing the Kirby dance*

    • kirby755

      O_O Kirby doesn’t approve of what you did Zero.

  • Tyrannikos

    Mind posting a source that states where you can get the game from retailers? Square Enix has made it pretty clear the only way to get a physical copy is off of their store, whether it’s a SE or CE. Their store even says it’s an “exclusive” preorder.

    I’d like to get it from anywhere that isn’t a store run by Digital River. As of this point, I’m going with Amazon when copies pop up there.

    • Ash_Riot

      And it’s one of the most ridiculously arduous stores I’ve ever used. Shame on Square Europe for not even doing a limited release for Drakengard 3 here in the European/Aus/NZ regions.

      • Tyrannikos

        I feel for you. I wish my fellow Euro/Aus/Zeabros could get the physical copy and preorder bonuses.

  • Ash_Riot

    As a European resident (UK, to be exact) i sure hope my import through Square Enix’s NA store goes OK…phew that was difficult.

    • Tyrannikos

      It’s already difficult enough for NA residents to use their damn store. I can only imagine how annoying it must be for EU residents.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    I hope the bonuses aren’t just the DLC on the Japanese PSN

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Square-Enix has been doing well with their dubbing recently, still the Japanese VO is my favorite

  • bloodiOS

    So, I’ve decided to cancel all of my existing pre-orders on Square Enix’s online store and re-preorder everything again, this time with a moogle plushie, just to take advantage of that free shipping for orders over $100 deal. Thank you for the tips, Zackasaur ;)

    • Zackasaur

      Aha, my pleasure! c: We chose the same plush!

      Mind, I already have a Cactuar one, courtesy of my girlfriend. I keep it on top of my Amano art books.

    • Elvick

      Lucky you live in the US.

      *cries*

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Did you get your cancelation email? I just got mine today

      • bloodiOS

        I got it earlier this morning, but I’ve already manually cancelled the pre-order prior to receiving the confirmation email though so it didn’t really matter.

        • GhostNomad

          How long did it take for your refund to be processed? As of 30 hours ago I’ve received the email that DigitalRiver have sent my refund, but I don’t see it on my bank account. All I have on there is the processed charge for my original order, and a pending charge for my second order.

          To fill you in, I took up Zackasaur’s and your advice and placed a second order with a plushie for the sake of free shipping. After my second order was confirmed, I cancelled the first since I didn’t want to cancel and then realize I couldn’t place a new order. Already got the cancellation and refund confirmations, but still no moneys <.<

          • bloodiOS

            That’s weird… I mean, I know they’re supposed to keep it around a couple days for authorization but not really charging you until they actually ship it. I personally placed the pre-ordered using my credit card and as soon as I cancelled it, the amount sitting in “Temporary Authorizations” just automatically vanished… Try giving it another day?

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Gosh. something else I need to buy. xD

    I suppose I need to cancel my standard edition pre-order as well. >_>

  • new_tradition

    Okay, so I was checking the post on the PlayStation Blog, and it seems those 3 DLCs are only available from buying the physical copy of the game from the SE store.

    I originally assumed you could pre-order the game via digital download on PSN, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I guess all the DLC will eventually get put up on the PSN store, but this is pretty annoying :/

    Ughh….I think I might cave and risk Digital River for this game :(

    EDIT: And I have now, damn it. I’m weak -_-

    PLEASE DON’T F*CK UP DIGITAL RIVER

    • AnimusVox

      Yeah I want this bad but I’ve heard digital river are pretty undependable.

  • Zackasaur

    Drakengard 3 is now available on Amazon!