Drakengard 3’s Nier And Kaine Costumes Are A Pre-Order Bonus

By Ishaan . March 4, 2014 . 6:14am

Last month, Square Enix announced that Drakengard 3 would have a variety of pre-order bonuses in North America. These bonuses would be divided into three tiers, and which ones you’d get would depend on how soon you pre-ordered the game.


The Tier One bonus, as previously reported, is Japanese voiceovers for the game, and is exclusive to those who pre-ordered the game by March 3rd. This morning, Square Enix announced what the Tier Two bonus will be.


The Tier Two pre-order bonus is the Nier costume pack that allows you to put Zero in a Kaine and Nier Replicant costume. It also puts the Emil Hat on Zero’s dragon companion, Mikhail.


Additionally, Square Enix have also begun translating the Drakengard 3 prequel novellas that were published online in Japan. The first chapter, “Zero,” can be read on the game’s official website.


Drakengard 3 will be available in North America on May 20th.

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  • Blackburn7

    Thank god Europe gets these bonuses too, somehow.

    Am I right, Square Enix?

    AM I RIGHT!?

    • Alex Sargeant

      I will pre-order this immediately from anywhere in the EU for these bonuses if they would just give me somewhere to throw my money.

      Tell me where I need to throw my money!

    • pixxxelz

      You can always import

      • Hatsoon Mike

        Actually, you can’t.

        • Scipio

          Look around at Play Asia, its the only place you can import if you live in Europe.

          • Blackburn7

            Even then you won’t get the preorder bonuses…

        • pixxxelz

          Really? and why is that

  • Freud_Hater

    Quite glad I bought the Collector’s Edition on Day 1 and therefore have access to ALL those DLC goodies *.* And it also feels great to see Kainé’s lovely outfit on someone who doesn’t secretly have a dick! =D

    • GodLikesSnacks

      But if u buy the collectors edition later u still get all those dlc right?

      • Rishtopher

        You get it minus the tiered stuff, if I’m understanding this correctly.

        • GodLikesSnacks

          It can’t be! It must have the original voice over and the other tiers!
          This picture says clearly so:

          • Freud_Hater

            Yup, that’s what it says on my Square Enix Shop online receipt:

            ‘Product Name: Pre-order DLC Pack Wave 1: Japanese VO + 2 Bonus Items (Pre-Ordered)
            Anticipated Released Date: May 20, 2014
            Qty Ordered: 1
            Amount: $0.00’

            The ‘Japanese VO + 2 Bonus Items’ seems pretty clear on that front :P

      • Freud_Hater

        …Well the Collector’s Edition is sold out ‘__’

        …Sorry, bud.

        • GodLikesSnacks

          I WILL get this game with japanese voice-over even if I must kill someone! lol
          And still on play-asia or on ebay I can get it later.
          I was only saying it doesn’t matter that u ordered the CE day 1 cause it contains all the tiers anyway.

          • Freud_Hater

            Oh, yeah, I guess you could get the bonuses at a later time through ebay and such… but there were only 5000 copies of the CE, so what you’d find on ebay would probably be a lot more expansive than it’s supposed to be ^^’

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      maybe it will turn out that there’s a flower grows between her legs

  • Warren

    Aww was hoping we wouldn’t have to pay for those 1-5 story DLCs. Oh well those outfits will work since she looks bad*** in that Nier outfit and sexy in Kaine outfit.

  • Monterossa

    I never played Nier, can anyone confirm it that Kaine is a woman or a shemale?

    • Skeptika Crediblus

      According to all the fluff text in the official design materials, she was a hermaphrodite. It was written about at length.

      Because Cavia were/are a sick bunch of perverts.

      • fairysun

        I address that as preference.
        Most people like opposite sex, some people like same sex, same people like both sexes and some people like combination :D

        • Anime10121

          Being a hermaphrodite isnt a “preference” you are born that way…

          • Skeptika Crediblus

            Right, and being ostracized for it was one of the shaping factors of her life, too. She has a deep, complex backstory, and that’s why she’s one of my favorite characters.

            I’m calling them pervs because the story, as written, was highly sexualized.

    • MaximDualBlade


      Kaine is a Replicant whose body had an error and thus received some kind of intersex genitalia. Her Gestalt(basically the soul) and original body are supposed to be of a woman but an error in the system made the Kaine of the game an intersex.

      This info is from Grimoire Nier, that it’s like a really complete “Complete Works” book that was released after the game and makes the story complete. There is even an ending E in the book.

      • Mr_SP

        Also… If you take a look at the in-game model from the right angle, especially with the DLC costume, her underwear… protrudes more than would be expected.

  • Brimfyre

    Sad to see so much hate here for Kaine just cause she is a hermaphrodite. Some of you need to come to terms with your sexuality.

    • Anime10121

      Or just, you know, grow up :/

    • MaximDualBlade

      I don’t read any hate at the moment.

      • Brimfyre

        Homophobia I guess is a better word, but I wasn’t sure if that really applies to a hermaphrodite, as she was raised female and identifies herself as female.

        ” And it also feels great to see Kainé’s lovely outfit on someone who doesn’t secretly have a dick!”

        “Because Cavia were/are a sick bunch of perverts.”

        Yeah I guess they are just immature comments more than anything.

        • MaximDualBlade

          Seems to me like regular internet comments. It could have been a joke too. And I don’t think homophobia applies in all cases to intersex people. Especially since Kaine is clearly meant to be a female, but she’s got some different genitalia(We really don’t know what she has down there).

          And agree or disagree with me, but a friend of mine thinks she dresses like a hussy XD (get there reference?)

          • Brimfyre

            Well she is officially a hermaphrodite, as stated by the Grimoire supplemental materials so it’s pretty clear what’s under the hood.

            As for the costume I’m disappointed they removed the little slits in the front.

          • MaximDualBlade

            It’s not pretty clear. I mean I thought it was some bizarre mix.

            I noticed that too :(

          • Brimfyre

            Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound like a jerk. You are right, in the game it isn’t clear or specifically said what is going on with her body that makes her “different” though it is heavily implied, you could also make a case that she has something demonic going on with her body.

            However, the official book released that explains everything that is happening in the game and universe says she is a hermaphrodite. There isn’t any wiggle room there.

            It’s interesting stuff if you haven’t read it. Here is a link to the fan translation. Specifically the part in question:


          • subsamuel01

            There was an article on Kotaku that said she was a female that was possessed by a male shade. The game’s not really clear, because she was an outcast well before she was possessed and it really wasn’t explained why.

          • Brimfyre

            That’s true too. She is possessed and has both male and female business.

            The two are unrelated. Well I think the shade might have possessed her because she was angry at the word for how she was treated, but it isn’t like she has male genitalia because she was possessed by a shade.

            Her gruff personality is solely because her grandmother acts the same way. Also not related to her gender or her posession.

  • So glad I pre-ordered this =^_^=

  • Sapitntapit

    Nooooo…I really wanted the Japanese voiceovers. Was going to pre-order at the end of this week.

    • YuanMori

      There’s a chance they’ll be available to buy later, but the warning has been on their site for a long time.

      • Sapitntapit

        Yeah, it really is my fault. I completely forgot about this game until recently and wasn’t paying much attention to all of this. Missed the CE as well.

  • new_tradition

    Those novella translations on the website, will that be the same as the novella they’re printing?

    • Aoshi00

      yeah, like the Jpn website it would be the same, except compiled to be a book. So no one would be missing these stories in both Jpn or the US. It’s great they went all out to localize this now, while they didn’t officially translate Episode Zero for FF13, which I thought added a lot of the lackluster main story. It’s nice the US CE costs much less than the 10th anniv and has all these things too, dual audio, novella, free DLCs (10th anniv only had Kaine), this is a bargain, even though it’s thru S-E store plus shipping.

      • new_tradition

        I actually have it pre-ordered, but for some reason, just trying to bring it over the border to Canada is gonna cost a crap load.

        I’ve already guesstimated around 140 dollars to ship it from the SE Store to where I live. From 79.99 to at least 140.00 is not nice, so I might end up cancelling it >_>

        Annoys the hell outta me since I imported a CE about the same price as this CE from Japan once with the most expensive shipping option that cost less than this and got here within the week. Wtf Digital River Dx

        • Aoshi00

          I hear you, unfortunately S-E seems to be quite keen on doing it thru the S-E store now, w/ LR, FFXHD, & now Drakengard 3, no free shipping unless over $100 and there’s tax too.. If you don’t mind not getting the book now that they’re make the novella available online, maybe you could buy the vanilla, but need to buy the Jpn audio DLC later, which probably cost a couple of bucks.

          I imported the 10 anniv too for $270 and regret a little bit (about $30 agent fee plus $40 shipping), the artbooks and CD are nice, but the 2 script books for D1 & D2 I don’t see the use of them, the package is huge and heavy cuz of the books. while the game has unique story and music, technically this game is a lot less polished and inferior compared to Nier unfortunately.So maybe you could save some money and just get the regular version and DLCs later. It’s a decent game mostly because of Yoko Tarou, Okabe Keiichi’s music, & Fujisaka Kimihiko’s art design.. I still need to get endings C & D, but find it a bit repetitive to go on sometimes lol (the boss fights are great though)..

          Yeah, the digitalriver website is very annoying to say the least, I need to reset my S-E password everything I need to order something :(.

          • new_tradition

            Yeah, at this rate, this probably isn’t going to be a day 1 buy from me anymore :/

  • Blesmi

    Kaine a cute. Kaine mai waifu.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    I love them so much for giving us extra goodies for this amazing game.

    • Ash_Riot

      I hate them so much for blocking anyone outside the US getting them.

      • Bio438

        They must have their reasons. Don’t hate a company for such a thing. Europe will probably get these some how, maybe like how Aries Shion in saint seiya came with the digital edition until a certain time.

        • Ash_Riot

          I really REALLY doubt it. They must have their reasons? Such as?

      • Alexandra Cordes

        Sorry, I got so carried away with my excitement that I forgot not every region is getting the treatment this game deserves…
        Maybe if it does really well digitally, a physical copy will happen? Or, at least make the DLC available.

        You probably feel like I felt back when Pandora’s Tower came out for PAL regions but left the US out cold.
        Thankfully, we eventually got that masterpiece of a game, though… so here’s hoping.

  • subsamuel01

    Still pretty upset that the only place to get this is the Square store.

  • SoundMatch

    I hope they release the Jap VO, I’m kinda sick of not knowing what I’m reading on the screen.

  • Kornelious

    Awesome, glad i pre ordered, Not glad I had to pay almost 100$ on the Square Enix store for the Collectors Edition…it better be big like their others.

  • Xerain

    So will the bonuses be available for purchase later, or will they be exclusive exclusive? I can’t afford the game right now, and couldn’t afford it last week. I don’t mind buying the DLC later.

    But if DLC ths significant is preorder exclsuve, I have no interest in ever getting the game.

  • artemisthemp

    So happy I got a copy before the original offer expired.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Awww crap I’m too late for the japanese voices pre-order T.T

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