Original Drakengard/Nier Team Reunites For Drakengard 3

By Spencer . March 12, 2013 . 6:23pm

image Square Enix brought together team members from the Drakengard series and Nier to make Drakengard 3. The PlayStation 3 sequel has Taro Yoko, the director on Nier and Drakengard, as the director and scenario creator for Drakengard 3.


Kimihiko Fujisaka (Drakengard, The Last Story) is the character designer, Keiichi Okabe is working on the music, and Drakengad producer Takamasa Shiba is the producer of Drakengard 3.


The game will have high speed action, says Famitsu, and just like previous Drakengard titles battles take place on the ground and in the air.

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  • After how good Nier was, I’m really looking forward to this

  • Xmas Lopez

    YES! I get to play as another self-centered sociopathic incest-lovin’ jerk! Man, I can’t help but love Drakengard no matter how much I shouldn’t. Huzzah for villain protagonists!

  • Jack Frazee

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. I absolutely LOVED every moment of Nier. Fun gameplay, amazing story, and THE BEST musical score of any game I’ve ever played, bar none.

    If they can make Drakengard 3 even half as good as Nier, it will be awesome.

  • Holy crap.

    • neo_firenze

      Yep, I literally said “Oh my god!” out loud while sitting at work reading this.

    • Riseabovethesky

      Words cannot express how glad I am that this is happening. I am not a big fan of Drakengard but Nier was just splendid.

    • Joshua Myers

      I know right?! Drakengard has always been one of my favorite games right beside .hack and spyro. So glad they’re making a 3rd one hopefully it gets released out here if it doesnt alot of people are going to be pissed.

    • Peeka Chu

      Best news of the year. Literally my favourite console series. Up there with Wild Arms and Shadow Hearts. I would quite possibly poop myself if a new Shadow Hearts got announced.

      And spearheaded by Square Enix? That’s the kicker here. I wasn’t convinced that they gave a crap about the console market any more I’m guessing that they finally got overwhelmed by the volume of garbage burying their apps in the App Store,

      • Hate to say this but a lot of that garbage was their games, not just the ones burying them.

  • Yes. SE BERSERK is back.

  • holy shet this is going to be AWESOME!

  • Hey, I had to consider imagining the response if this game was made by the original team! Now I don’t have to and I’m the one who’s all smiles for 48 hours, Ish lol. Thanks for the great news.

  • Curan_Altea

    Hype level currently at maximum.

  • MagisterXII

    Wow, great news. I was a bit worried about who would actually be handling this game, but it looks like it’s going to be done right. Drakengard and Nier have some of the best music I’ve heard in video games and I’m looking forward to what they have to offer this time. Drakengard is one of my favorite game series and I’m sure it will continue with this one. Now I feel like playing the first 2 again! Good thing I keep all my PS2 games.

  • cloudcaelum

    Nier director? I want more crying with some epic soundtracks!

  • z_merquise

    The game will have high speed action

    Now I’m even more interested.

    That and it had a female protagonist who is reckless and had song powers when bathed in blood. And flowers grow from her right eye. I don’t know how it looked exactly but I’m really looking forward to see more.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        OMG I love it!

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        O.o the girl that have flower grow on her right eye makes me think of one of the doll on Rozen Maiden lol.
        And i am already digging the character design here and with Nier and Drakengard crazy plot, i wonder what kind of crazy plot they are going to do again here.^_^

      • solbalmung

        Holy Shiet….

      • Gimme.

      • z_merquise

        Zero looked so beautiful! Strange and a bit scary but beautiful!

      • Chiupon

        i am pretty much forced to buy this game now

      • Shane Guidaboni

        I expect some awesome cosplay in the future.

      • OMG these are beautiful! I want so bad! >_<

      • Ferrick

        she reminds me alot of Kaine, hopefully she’s just as awesome (and possibly as bad mouthed) as Kaine

      • Mar Mar

        It has started.

        Just how many goodies we’re getting this year.

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    Loving this info ~
    An Action RPG that has fast paced land and air battles! Dragons! Cyborg Imoutos! Flower Eyed Girls as the Main Character! This is going to be amazing!!

  • Ethan_Twain

    I do hope we see trailer evidence of this project soon. Square Enix does have that nasty habit of announcing new games way early, but with this being a PS3 game surely it can’t be targeted for a date too far out can it?

    I sure hope not. I can hardly think of a better way to guarantee that Drakengard remains largely unknown than releasing a Drakengard 3 near to the PS4 launch.

    • Göran Isacson

      … The sad thing is that, considering this series poor luck, that isn’t too unlikely :(

      • Ethan_Twain

        That’s kind of my thought – that would just be what happens to Drakengard. Square Enix decides to bring it back, rounds up the creative leads, gives it enough development time to be decent… and it’s squashed by the oncoming march of new hardware.

        I hope I’m wrong, but doesn’t that just sound like the truth?

        • Göran Isacson

          Yes. yes it does. Because being a Drakengard fan is suffering :(

  • Levin_Scorpius


  • Göran Isacson

    Hoooolllyyyyy shiiit. Oh. Oh man. I am at a loss for words here. We have a new Drakengard, that is in and of itself amazing. But then we get the whole original team (which was apparently not the case for Drakengard 3), and it’s the team that upgraded their ability to make fun fighting systems with Nier (say what you will about Drakengard but it played a bit… shit, truth be told), and it has a girl with flowers growing out of her eye which is something I had planned for a character of my own and which is superawesome, AND it has a high chance of being just the kind of fucked up bloodbath I loved in Drakengard and it has a dragon and and and

    Yeah, that’s pretty much all I got. Everything is crazy, and nothing will once more be as it seems. Hype- already on the moon.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    OMGGGG. Hype over the roof here.^_^

  • solbalmung

    OH MY GOD!!!
    A Drakenguard with Nier Soundtrack and with an improved gameplay!
    Can’t wait >_<!!!!!

  • Belenger

    Hmmm Hell became quite cold and cozy of lately no wonder, this is the gaming news of the year.

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      Dunno about “gaming news of the year” considering it’s still early March, but definitely great news in its own right.

  • Chiupon

    i am literally overwhelmed with emotions right now
    so happy
    these tears are of joy

  • LynxAmali


    Hype has broken through the roof.

  • Victoria [Rokuso3]

    DAY ONE. Seriously, DAY ONE.

  • ryne11

    Genital Region is Very Firm

  • Spirit Macardi

    Drakengard was one of the most mind screwing games I’ve ever played. You have team mates that are all kinds of f***ed in the head ranging from child killers to pedophiles, a little girl who speaks with the voice of Darran Norris, and a possible ending that involved flying shark-toothed babies and you getting transported to modern-day Japan.

    It was weird as hell, and I loved it!

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    This. Is. AMAZING!

  • SpecDotSign

    YES! Best thing Square has done in years…here’s hoping this makes it out of Japan.

    • Riseabovethesky

      It has to make it out of Japan, I can sense the massive fans uproar (in intensity at least) if they do not.

  • Ladius

    This is the Square Enix I love, I’m really hyped to see what they’ve in store for this game and for its franchise :)

  • Valtiel Ikari

    I hove no words to describi what i feel so i’ll put this video instead

  • DesmaX

    I can’t even

  • anarchy_panty

    Well this isn’t something I thought I’d be seeing in my lifetime. Holy shit.

  • gRiMmYdArK13

    The fangasms won’t stop…

    • Testsubject909

      I’m just surprised we haven’t yet repainted the background in all white from all the fangasms.

  • Luis Camargo

    Time to release Drakengard 1 and 2 in the PSN too.
    Also, hopefully this team gets to do Nier 2 after Drakengard 3 is done.
    I will buy both anyway.

  • Neophoton

    Excuse me while I fangirl.

  • MrTyrant

    Now this is amazing, try to reunite an old staff to revive a game with its secuelm this is something to be pride of. You did well Square.

  • Zarx

    Don’t mind me, I’m just shedding a few man tears here.

    • Ferrick

      let me join you


    my tears fall along with giant babies

  • Pockystix


    dis gon be gewd

  • Go2hell66

    Lol omg i was right? Drakengard sequel for ps3. Called it!

  • Cameron Ward

    sweet! i better gamefly them and review the first two games!!

  • LynxAmali


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


    • Solomon_Kano

      I’m still trying to put together what the hell that means. I mean, it’s the 3rd title in the series… but it’s not gonna be like Drakengard? Orrrr?

      • Ferrick

        its probably going to be DraNier ? dunno, can’t say for sure till they release a trailer

        • Solomon_Kano

          Considering they’re billing it as “high-speed action game” which Drakengard and Nier were anything but, I guess he’s saying the gameplay will be different?

          Well, they’re 60% done, so we shouldn’t have to wait too long for a trailer.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Hmmm……. i wonder if that is a good thing or not here.T_T Hope that it is going to be a good direction here.

  • Go2hell66
    • Eye flower o_O

      • Go2hell66

        quickly she must be DEFLOWERED

        (sorry i couldn’t resist) :p

        • A tell-tale sign of PbH Syndrome XD

  • Solomon_Kano

    This has to be the best damn Tuesday I’ve had in years.

  • Damn this is good news =)

  • Pekola

    The prospect of this all is really interesting. Square Enix has decided to do something with Drakengard. For a console. And has gotten the main head-honchos of the team to create it.

    And it’s so left field. Could this possibly mean that Square is ready to take its rightful place at the top? Or is it merely a fluke?

    Let’s hope it’s a sign of things to come and Square will begin taking the console scene by storm with great RPGs.

  • SuperBrother

    I REALLY hope that this is canonically a sequel to Nier but chances are its not. Either way, I’m looking forward to it.

    • Brandonmkii

      Pretty sure that the only thing that could happen after the events of Nier is


      that everybody eventually just dies :c

  • Dagobert

    Finally Square Enix has done something right. I really liked the Drakengard series, it had some nice emotional moment for a game. I hope it’s an actual sequel to Drakengard 2.

    Edit: Just read the article Taro has mentioned it’s not Drakengard or Nier… Bleh, I was really hoping for a direct sequel.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    This… I’m not really sure what to say. It’s such random news that it actually hurts to think about how and where this came from. A teaser trailer would put my mind at ease.

  • NightzeroAX

    Drakengard I is the most weird game I’ve ever played even weirder than sukeban shachou rena. I still never beat that Japan stage though.

  • LegendaryLos

    Drakengard is one of my favorite series. Would love to see 1 and 2 end up on PSN or maybe as an HD Collection or something.

  • Jordan Coleman

    Hell YES!

  • Talearc

    It’s already 6 years since the second one

  • disgaea36

    OMG I think this is the best news I have heard of for the ps3 in a long time I can’t wait to see where and when the game takes place and maybe we can get some dlc or side quests that talk about nier like nier did with drakengard.

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

  • Oh my god. These tears…

    I thought you were dead, Drakenguard. I thought you were dead..

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  • Tom

    Great news! I was so sad after finding that the makers of Nier were disbanded/dissolved. But they coming together for a new game is something I could only dream of. I hope it gets localised, that would be a really big good point for Square Enix!

  • ShinGundam

    But Cavia is still dead?

  • Wow this is the greatest news I’ve heard in a while. Drakengard was such an underrated game.

  • gustave154

    Wow dream team…

  • ddh819

    i never played Drakengard, from all the comments sounds like i have to check it out

  • AaqibRawat

    i wonder what color he dragon will be!

    i want to see a green one. ^_^

  • Kitestwinblades


    …( ̄□ ̄; )

    *ahem*… Looking forward to more news of this.

  • Follower_of_Pram

    Nostalgia with the one-two punch out of nowhere. Game bought, no questions asked. I like how they got the old team back for it instead of going with a whole new group.

  • Nicholas Gatewood

    I hope this ends up on Vita, too. I’m glad it’s hitting the PS3, but the only way I’d enjoy it on PS3 as much as on Vita is if I got a $700 projector I’m eyeing… not happening for quite a while.

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