In what might be the most surprising video game related news in recent memory, Square Enix's Drakengard series has risen from the fiery ashes.
Developed by Cavia (NieR), the first two Drakengard titles were strange, Dynasty Warriors-style games that featured beautifully haunting music, dark narratives, and extremely hit or miss gameplay. Despite their problems, they're worth experiencing, especially if you're a fan of NieR, the last game Cavia developed before being dissolved into Marvelous AQL. If you've never played NieR, well... shame on you. It's the perfect of example of a work more than the sum of its parts. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of my favorite gaming experiences from this generation.
Which is why I'm so hyped for the recently announced PS3 game, Drakengard 3. At the helm as creative director and writer is Yoko Taro (NieR, Drakengard), character design is being handled by Kimihiko Fujisaki (The Last Story), music is by Keiichi Okabe (NieR), and development is being led by Access Games (Deadly Premonition, Lord of Apocalypse). The fact that Square Enix has been able to bring back many of the major players behind NieR leaves me a lot of hope that Drakengard 3 can be awesome.
The story follows Zero, and her younger sister One. Both are Utautai; songstresses that can use magic via their songs. Zero has a flower growing in her eye, and an artificial left arm. From the details that have been leaked, Drakengard 3 is sounding like a hard M game. Blood splatter remains on characters' clothing, and Zero is rather liberally minded; she sees nothing wrong with having multiple sexual partners. Like previous games in the series, there'll be both ground and air-based combat.
I've attached the three scans below, featuring the two main characters. This is already looking all kinds of screwed up. Hopefully we'll see the return of giant floating babies.
A man can dream.
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