Drakengard 3 Collector’s Edition Coming To Europe

By Ishaan . April 2, 2014 . 8:30am

Ever since Drakengard 3 was announced as a download-only game in Europe, Square Enix Europe have been taking feedback from fans and passing it on to the required teams. The result is that Europe is now getting a collector’s edition of Drakengard 3 as well.

 

Below is a list of what you’ll find in the European collector’s edition, which is available exclusively from Square Enix’s online store and the SE boutique for France. It costs €69.99/£59.99 and will be limited to 2,000 copies.

 

  • Clamshell Box – An eloquent display case featuring the flower that grows from Zero’s eye.

 

  • Hardback Novella – This beautifully illustrated 160 page prequel story to Drakengard 3 (available in English language only) contains a collection of short stories written from the perspectives of each character.

 

  • Add-on Pack – Downloadable tokens for the Ciam costume, an additional level where you play as One, Zero’s sister, and a Giant Baby Hat (yes, an enormous baby’s head for your dragon, Mikhail).

 

  • Music Sampler CD – A CD containing a selection of mesmerising tracks from the game’s original soundtrack, composed by Keiichi Okabe (who also created the score for Nier).

 

  • Double Sided Poster – A collectable double sided poster only available in the Collector’s Edition of Drakengard 3.

 

  • The Game – While there won’t be a physical disc version of the Drakengard 3 for Europe and PAL territories, a download token will be included inside the box which you can redeem on the PlayStation Store.

 

  • Japanese Voice DLC – Experience the game in its original audio with a download token for the original Japanese voice acting! This DLC is part of the Collector’s Edition, but will also be available for non-CE owners when you pre-order the standard digital game through the PlayStation Store (pre-orders start mid-April).

 

Drakengard 3 will be available in Europe on May 21st. Series director Taro Yoko—who also created NieR—recently gave a fascinating talk on his approach to storytelling in games, and you can read all about that here.


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  • transferstudentx

    Please Note: Drakengard 3 Collector´s Edition contains a PSN game code, no physical game disc will be supplied

    so its still a psn only game huh oh well its an improvement atleast

    • revenent hell

      To this day I don’t get why people would bother with a “collectors edition” and not include a physical copy. It just seems so odd not to.

      • TheRealMalek

        Minimal prints, i think they need to print at least 3000 to be able to print. Also it requires another submission to sony which cost 1000€

        • revenent hell

          There’s no such thing as it being 3000…. The issue is to print 1000 would approximately cost the same as to print 3000… So why print less for more……. Get it?

          And I think considering a LE for where I live after shipping cost is about 100$ they can afford that 1000€

          Frankly I think they would sell out if they did include the disc in this EU LE which would more than make up for that 1000€ fee.
          Frankly I’m a bit of a b**** when it comes to others complaining about not getting a game but this “edition they are giving people is more than a little sad. Yay for goodies but that’s not overall what people “want”.
          Don’t get me wrong I’m sure people would complain endlessly if they didn’t get a LE version……. but what the hells the point in charging so much without the disc? I see that as a blatant rip off and hardly remotely fair.

          • TheRealMalek

            There is a minimal printing, i know what i’m talking about. I was in the videogame industry two years ago.

            PS3 si the lowest of them 3000 copies (which should be around ~10€ per disc printed + manual cost + manufacturing and transports costs)

            Wii and DS for example are at 5000 (if you don’t believe go look the ghostlight devil survivor blog, they don’t give numbers but yeah this was the problem)

            And for submission it takes : 1000€ for the first try(if i remember right if there is no critical bug the second try is free else it’s 500€ per try after the first) + time + coding + you may need to push back the release date.

            Oh and don’t worry they will sell out even without disc. But i agree the price is a little too much, for a psn version they should just have put at least a -15€ discount.

          • http://www.lrdalucard.deviantart.com lrdalucard

            Good to know!

    • Hinataharem

      That’s asinine

    • artemisthemp

      I consider going with EU version to save the shipping cost from US but, that’s depends on pre order on April 9, 2014.

    • Aoshi00

      Yeah pretty lame indeed, at least its better than duck tales, first a disc less box edition, then a real retail version with disc.. Still for Drakengard 3, digital or retail, there’s a a 6 gb mandatory install, plus 4 updates now that’s like another gb, and with all the dlcs which felt like they were part of the game but cut out, everything hogs about 10gb of ur hdd ;(.. Btw, the dlc chapters, despite short, give a much needed background for all the sisters,.which felt like non existent in the main game.. I like it, but it s a huge syrup to down from Nier :(

  • Thrasher429

    It’s like they didnt even hear peoples complaints properly with there still no physical copy and living in Australia I can’t even order this anyway….Whatever I’m relatively content with my import from Amazon.

    • Crimson_Cloud

      I’m in Europe and they labeled me as outside of territory. Just tried a few moments ago. Screw them, they will whine how none bought their game but half of people can’t even buy from them…

      • Thrasher429

        Yeah the annoying part is that I would like to be happy that we get this at all, considering how unlikely such a niche game getting released here seemed. But I’m just so sick of being screwed over by square especially with their NA SE store exclusive limited editions that don’t get released over here.

  • Milewide

    This might be the strangest CE yet but I’m glad I’ll be able to get my filthy little hands on that novella!

  • Freud_Hater

    …Huh, a collector’s edition of a game… that doesn’t come with a physical copy of the game…? I mean… That’s weird Oo

  • mojack411

    I’m still sad that I wasn’t fast enough to snag a NA CE :(

    edit: Wow, I just checked and there are more in stock. Sweet!

  • César H. Sandoval

    Not including the game disc is SqueEnix way of going Full retard with this.

  • Masa

    no disc? no buy….

  • Jaeger Knighty

    Wait, how come it stills says I’m outside of the service countries? What, Ireland too far away? Come on man, I adore the Drakengard games, just let me get this already!

  • Crimson_Cloud

    What is this.. I don’t even?
    There is some serious translation issues within the Square and the ”required team”. What part of physical copy did they not get?

    Still, novella seems intriguing but it’s a bit pricey…

  • Nitraion

    Lol are they really don’t want to waste a money for Bluray?? XD

  • Go2hell66

    No game!? They want all that money and you dont even get the game !?!?

    • Lusankya

      You do get the game, just not on a disc.

      • Yggdr5

        You get a download code, which is nothing else than a license. Not nearly equal to a disc version

        • Lusankya

          Well, unless you want to re-sell it, there is practically no difference.

          • GibbRS

            I’m not sure about others, but my HDD space isn’t very plentiful, so having a digital copy of a game means I have to make room for it on the HDD. Also, if the Sony servers for PS3 go away in the next 10 years, you no longer can redownload the game, whereas a physical copy would presumably last longer, until your PS3 or disc no longer function.

          • Lusankya

            There really is no shortage of HDD space as you can use any PC to back-up your data. So even if you weren’t able to redownload Drakengard in the future, it wouldn’t even matter as you don’t have to ever redownload it.

          • Aoshi00

            Yeah space is a big reason I prefer disc, but there’s a mandatory 6-7 Gb mandatory install even for the disc version, just like okami, strider, etc. which needed a 8 and 4 gb install respectively.. Plus the several updates and intoner sister dlc chapters, even disc very would still hog space all the same.. With all the technical problems and greedy dlc I still find it enjoyable mostly because of the art and music.. But Nier was so much more polished several yrs ago.. Anyway, mandatory install from disc irks me :(

          • Yggdr5

            Things you can’t do with a licensed version compared to a retail copy:
            - Still be able to play the game if Sony should block your account or revoke your game license (They can do this for whatever reason and you have no “right” to play the game you paid for, read those EULAs you’re always quickly agreeing to)
            - Lend it to a friend
            - Sell it
            - own the game instead of being allowed to play the game with many user unfriendly license conditions
            - Don’t be dependent on a internet connection
            - The downloadversion could(!!!) require you to be connected to the internet while starting the game and/or at all times when playing the game
            - Play in 10 years when the game won’t be available in PSN anymore

            yeah, it’s virtually the same…

          • Lusankya

            - The probability of Sony banning my account is as high as you losing your disc
            - I can “lend” it to my friend if I give him my login data
            - I already told you I can’t sell it (although in theory it would be possible if they allowed us)
            - The semantics doesn’t matter to me, I can play it whenever I want
            - I don’t need an internet connection besides for the initial download
            - The disc version could require the very same
            - I can still play it even without the PSN (as I can play all my games without even being connected to the internet after the download)

          • Nitraion

            You know downloading a 6+++Gigs game is painful for some people especially if that person net connection is quote based not unlimited(If you don’t know what i mean it means their net connection is pretty limited)
            besides owning a bluray is always nice for collection rather than just a “Code” if something stupid happen like you forgot your PSN password or there is PSN error or something at least you can still play your game with a copy…
            Not using a chuck of HDD space is nice too
            sell it if you bored and are you sure you want to “lend” your login data to a friend?

      • Go2hell66

        Thats what i meant >_<

  • GodLikesSnacks

    WTF? “10GB download required”

  • Zypharium

    Seriously, why bother Square Enix? If you give us a Collector’s Edition, then include the disc. Man, and I thought I could finally buy it.

  • Blackburn7

    I was about to preorder… until I read it doesn’t include a disc. Square Enix… 70€ Limited Edition… Without disc.

  • SirRichard

    Well, it’s a step in the right direction, if nothing else. I’d like that novella, poster and so on, but no disc, it’s steep at that price.

    • revenent hell

      I’m in the US but for me after shipping the CE came to a hundred bucks even so I would consider adding at least twenty bucks for shipping to be fair in calculating if it’s worth it. For me I say sure but I also get a game disc….

      • Razzlero

        If you do get it, Don’t forget the codes can only be claimed on an EU PSN account

        • revenent hell

          My “American” Version. I did say I get the game disc did I not?
          I was more or less reminding those who consider this that the SE online shipping cost is off the wall expensive….

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    This makes me worried about the price of the normal version especially it’ll be digital only.

  • Razzlero

    Coming to some of europe. I tried ordering it and seems they only ship to a small number of countries.

  • Michael Martin

    FYI, the Collector’s Edition is apparently back in stock at the North American store as well, and even includes the original wave 1 DLC. I placed an order and will give it a few days to shake out (hopefully it’s not a mistake) before I cancel my regular edition order.

  • FX102A

    I’m not the biggest Drakengard fan but I was considering this; but I want a physical copy, I mean how can you be a video game collector without a tangible game in physical form?

    My friend however is a big Drakengard fan and is well pissed at Squeenix for rubbing some salt into our original no physical release. I doubt it will because of its limited nature, but I hope this edition fails to sell so they can finally get it into their thick skulls that we’re not as stupid as they may think (or wish we were).

  • Tom

    It’s a step in the right direction but still now what fans want… Why SE online shop only and why no physical game with it!?

    • Shinobikens

      You can get the normal edition on the NA amazon now

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    *Squints eyes and claps slowly for Europe*

    I mean I guess it’s nice for those who want all the other stuff, but would it really have killed them to actually include the game as well.

  • Herok♞

    I really don’t see why there would be a disc if the game was confirmed to be digital only in the region if they included it then they would most likely have to make more than just the colllectors editions have discs.

  • Go2hell66

    Would trade all of that swag they included for a disc

    • revenent hell

      No ya’ wouldn’t or if ya did the “Europeans” would just complain they didn’t get a “collectors edition” or LE period and ya’ll know its true.
      Though its rather, to me, in seriously poor taste to release one and not give a disc….. Seriously lame and not worth it. If people want swag that’s where online shopping comes in….In my view….

  • Wrathful

    Some games deserve all the money it can get and this one is one of them for me. But wait why is Square Enix being stupid anyway?

  • Aoshi00

    I finished the Jpn ver except missing a couple weapons to go for route D ending.. been playing the Intoner sister DLC chapter every week..

    In retrospect, it’s kinda sad how S-E is marketing and releasing this game.. Nier was on disc, had all the “novellas” w/in the game, all the extra contents (story being told from the different perspectives of shadows and monsters) w/o being sold as DLC, and the game ran much more smoothly w/ better framerate and no tearing, no 6Gb mandatory install.. now Drakengard 3, while has its redeeming qualities being a Yoko Tarou game after all, is being sold digitally only in EU, even this CE, and sold pretty much incomplete w/ separate book and paid DLCs (600 yen each!).. one has to buy everything to have the complete experience (the sisters have virtually no backstory in the game at all).. It’s no wonder the game was met w/ such negative reception in Japan because of the greedy practice.. and I usually don’t have that much qualm w/ optional DLC, but this is just sad..S-E btwn doing this and mobile games :P

    Even Lost Odyssey, One Thousand Years of Dreams, a collection of excellent and touching novellas penned by an award winning novelist were in the game itself, a separate book in print was also published for those who also want to collect it. but not just sold separately..

    • revenent hell

      For all “worldly” releases I think it would have been…”interesting” if the had included a “prequel disc” with all the sisters stories and then sold them as DLC for those whom didn’t pre order the “better” option Collectors Edition”.
      At least to me I think that overall makes them look ever so slightly less greedy…. Just a bit mind you.

      • Aoshi00

        For me, one reason to buy it on disc, other than having a tangible collectible, is to save HDD space, full games are usually 7 to 10+ Gbs each.. D3 install is ~6Gb, 4 patches almost 1Gb, and the Intoner sis DLCs are 400Mb on average, x 6 is another 2-3 Gbs.. so space-wise, whether it’s digital or retail, you need at least 10Gb of space to play it :( (like Strider 4Gb or Okami 8Gb which I imported, it’s basically like the digital version except you need the disc to play it).

        If they’re only releasing the game digitally and even disc-less collector’s edition, I doubt they would put the DLCs later on disc.. I would love that, but sometimes GotY version only gives us the codes to d/l the DLC too, like Castlevania Lords of Shadow.. I was especially peeved w/ Duck Tales.. which they said they weren’t going to release on disc, so I bought a case w/ a code and pin, then later there’s an actual disc, and I double dipped.. I think 13-2 re-release had DLCs on disc, I forgot..

        Honestly, the Intoner sister DLCs are done rather lazily and not really worth 600 yen each..there’s like 4 stages for each sister, a total money grab, and about 1 out of 4 are fun (pretty much same environment and enemies).. yet I think they are essential to make you feel for the characters and get a better grasp of their personalities because it’s pretty much omitted in the main game.. unlike Kaine, Emile, etc, you really feel for them for Nier.. Drakengard just by itself w/ the novella, DLCs, and comics leaves much to be desired.. I mean I like the art, style, music, humor in it.. but still strictly speaking I don’t think it lives up to the Drakengard name, which is how most Jpn gamers feel..

        Despite the technical shortcomings and DLC greed, I still like this because I’m a fan of Fujisaka, Okabe Keiichi & Emi Evans, and Taro.. but disappointed compared to Nier or even Drakengard 1..

  • Dan Lieo

    This game looks so cool but what the actually F..K
    No Japanese voice option unless you DLC so for those who dont like to go on the PSN we get badly dubbed crap and then we dont even get a disc either sorry but il get get it from japan and not understand anything rather then listen to crap and have no disc

  • http://www.lrdalucard.deviantart.com lrdalucard

    if I can get Japanese voices in the game, I don’t ask for anything else…

  • Marc Chowdhury

    Dragengard 3 Collector’s Edition is available again to Pre-order get it now before its gone

    http://store.na.square-enix.co

  • Shinobikens

    I still want to know that if I don’t get the CE, will all the stuff you get with it be available on PSN

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