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Drakengard 3 to release exclusively on PS3 in 2014

Wednesday, 9th October 2013 15:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Drakengard 3 will be coming to North America and Europe exclusively on PS3 in 2014, Square Enix has announced.

The prequel to the original Drakengard, Drakengard 3 transports players to a medieval world where six goddess sisters known as “Intoners” have brought peace to the earth with their power to manipulate magic through song.

However, the eldest sister, Zero, attempts to murder her younger sisters with the help of her dragon companion, Mikhail.

Players will take part in areal battles to unravel the mystery of Zero and learn her true intentions.

Drakengard 3 will be available for $49.99 in North America next year in stores and digitally through PSN. It will be a digital-only title in Europe.

Screens and a trailer are below.

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  1. Fethennour

    Not a surprise. I might get this game. :)

    #1 10 months ago
  2. dizzygear

    Dont forget to add that Squeenix gives the EU the middle finger with a digital only release while the US gets a retail version.

    Yes i’m aware Lee Williams made a comment on the EU PS Blog that he will pass on the feedback but i’m not holding much hope.

    With that being said. What is a good online store to import US games to the EU?

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Lord Gremlin

    Sorry, retail only please.
    @2 Is that confirmed? Sure hope not. I’m already importing every other game…

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Lord Gremlin

    @2If you’re closer to the east, aka Poland-Russia kind of region then Play-Asia.com is your friend.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. dizzygear

    @3 Yes. Its written in the announcement on the EU Playstation Blog: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2013/10/09/drakengard-3-is-coming-to-ps3-in-2014/

    #5 10 months ago
  6. XanderZane

    The previous games on the PS2 sucked badly. I’d stay far away from this crap. Glad it’s only on the PS3.

    http://www.metacritic.com/search/all/Drakengard/results

    I’d rather SquareEnix give us something else.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. DrDamn

    Digital only is better than nothing at all. I’d like to see more titles try this over not releasing here at all. Low risk for publisher. It’s an advantage of digital publishing.

    Yes it’s nice to have the physical version available too but at least be grateful you have the opportunity to get a digital copy otherwise.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. dizzygear

    @7 Digital only for Europe while the US gets a retail release is an insult and nothing to be grateful for.
    If the US would have gotten the game digital only as well it would have been fair but this is just bullshit.

    And you know what is even worse? Drakengard 1 and 2 sold more copies in the EU than in the US and this is how Squeenix thanks us.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. ayb91

    Square Enix is being very impressive these days. Thank god !!

    #9 10 months ago
  10. ayb91

    @8 seriously !? They might have taken excessive amount of alcohol then. They should not treat ppl like this. Sorry for the loss pal.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. DrDamn

    @8
    Do you think distribution costs for a single country might possibly be a bit less than that for 10+ different ones? There might possibly be less stringent translation requirements on digital releases too.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. DrDamn

    Also this …
    http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=drakengard

    A few more copies sold in the US than EU for both games.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. dizzygear

    @11 My boxed PAL copy of NieR has an English manual and box. And there are plenty of boxed games in the EU that are fully in English.

    And from what the Squeenix guy on the blog said they will only add French subtitles to the EU release of Drakengard 3.

    Besides Squeenix has an EU office and even published niche games through it like Disgaea 3.

    #13 10 months ago
  14. dizzygear

    @12 “Drakengard wasn’t exactly a smash in Japan or in the States, but, for whatever reason, it seemed to develop quite a cult following in Europe (possibly due to the Europe-exclusive mobile phone tie-in, but since it was terrible, probably not). cavia was given the green light to give it another go. This time, however, Square Enix would distance themselves a bit from the project. While still publishing the game worldwide, Ubisoft was tasked with localizing the game outside of Japan, perhaps to exploit the game’s popularity in Europe by utilizing a popular European brand.”

    http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/drakengard/drakengard.htm

    #14 10 months ago
  15. DrDamn

    @14
    Cult following != more sales though does it?

    #15 10 months ago
  16. Pitts

    @8- It sucks, but at least Sony are willing to hear fans out.

    #16 10 months ago
  17. ShiiRo

    @6 Have you played the games or are you basing your opinion of the game purely on other peoples opinion of them? Nier (a game from the same people as Drakengard) also received mediocre reviews, but once people actually played it they saw that it actually a pretty good game. It also has one of the best stories that you’ll find in a game.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. Blue Oni

    Glad it’s coming over.I think i’ll import the retail version though.

    This will be my first Square Enix since a very long time (actually the last SE game i bought was Nier).This company’s output for consoles was terrible this gen.

    #18 10 months ago
  19. CyberMarco

    @dizzygear You can try here: http://www.365games.co.uk/

    It sells games that are available only in the US too, like inFamous Collection, God Of War Saga etc. at great prices too.

    #19 10 months ago
  20. dizzygear

    @19 I never heard of that site before. I’ll keep an eye on it. Thanks

    #20 10 months ago
  21. Clupula

    Super excited about this! In your face, salarta!

    #21 10 months ago
  22. Clupula

    @17 – Of course he hasn’t played them. Why else would he be whipping out metacritic scores, instead of recounting his actual experiences with the game. He probably told people not to buy Nier as well.

    #22 10 months ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    I’ve never played a Drakengard game but I really enjoyed Nier. One of the characters here is very reminiscent of Kaine.

    #23 10 months ago
  24. XanderZane

    @#15. FF VII has a cult following as well, yet SquareEnix refused to do a remake or a FF VII 2 when they know all their fans want it. They waste there time funding a game like Drajengard which won’t sell nearly as many copies as a FF VII game would. They even made 2 FF XIII sequel when most fans hated the original.

    #24 10 months ago
  25. XanderZane

    @17 – I rented the first game and played it for about a couple hours. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. It was pretty mediocre to me. Never played the 2nd game, but from reading many reviews, it was actually worse then the first game.

    @22 – You don’t know what I’ve played. I have well over 130 PS2 games. I’ve played a ton of games on that platform. I think I do have Nier (360), but I haven’t played it yet.

    #25 10 months ago
  26. Clupula

    @24 – FFVII has way more than a cult following. I don’t think you understand what that phrase means.

    That’s like saying Star Wars has a cult following.

    The whole meaning of “cult following” is that it is not widely popular but has a small group of people who are extraordinarily loyal to it. Rocky Horror has a cult following. No More Heroes has a cult following. Christian Death have a cult following. FFVII was just popular, period.

    #26 10 months ago
  27. Clupula

    @25 – Well, bully for you. So, if you didn’t like the first two, and have no interest in this one, kindly fuck off and allow those of us who do enjoy it to be happy.

    No one here gives a shit what you have to say.

    #27 10 months ago
  28. zoopdeloop

    @6 they gave “you” first on 360 Star Ocean and exclusively The Last Remnant…talking about sucking badly.Hush now

    #28 10 months ago
  29. dizzygear

    @24 FFVII has 2 spin off games, 2 CG movies, an anime and has been re-released on PSN and PC. Not enough for you?
    -
    And fuck. It seems the US disk release for Drakengard 3 is exclusive to the Square Enix store and they of course they dont ship oversea’s. To add insult to injury they use digital river.

    So all i can do is pray Squeenix Europe will pull their heads out of their ass and change their mind or wait for US copy’s to show up on eBay.

    #29 10 months ago
  30. XanderZane

    @#27 – No one cares what you have to say. I’ll say what I please and I have a right to my opinion whether you agree with it or not. =oP Don’t like it? Too bad!!

    @#28 The Last Remnant wasn’t exclusive. It was released on the PS3 as well. Both Star Ocean and The Last Remnant were average games. They were better then Drakengard 1 & 2, that’s for sure. The 360 will get FF XIII Lightning Returns, Kingdom Hearts 3 and FF XV as well. SquareEnix cares more about the $$$$ then platform fanboys.

    #30 10 months ago
  31. XanderZane

    @#29 – What spinoffs are you talking about? The PSP & PS2 FF games?

    Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PS2)
    Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)

    Crisis Core was great, but Dirge didn’t do so well. I’m looking for a real sequel or remake.

    #31 10 months ago
  32. Clupula

    @30 – Uh, no, Last Remnant didn’t come out for PS3. It was scheduled to, but after the 360 version bombed, they unofficially canceled the PS3 one.

    And no, the 360 isn’t getting Kingdom Hearts 3 and FFXV. XB1 is.

    #32 10 months ago
  33. Clupula

    @30 – Oooh. Look at you, proud that you’re trolling a website, getting into arguments with fans of a game you don’t care about. I bet you feel a whole three inches big from that.

    So, yeah, go fuck yourself.

    #33 10 months ago
  34. atlans89

    @30 Your opinion contribute to nothing. Nothing to be proud of.

    #34 10 months ago
  35. zoopdeloop

    @30 get your facts straight before answering.
    Yeah it’s good SE is expanding their audience
    “I’d stay far away from this crap. Glad it’s only on the PS3″ talking about platform fanboys
    as said… hush

    #35 10 months ago