Drakengard 3 Sound Director On How The Music Is Different From Nier’s

By Ishaan . May 6, 2014 . 11:31am

In a new video interview Drakengard 3 sound director Keiichi Okabe discusses his work on the game, as well as his work on the soundtrack of Nier.



“In terms of creating music for Drakengard 3… Well, I was not involved with Drakengard 1 or 2; my involvement in the series began with Nier,” Okabe says. He adds that, while the two games do share similar moods to an extent, director Taro Yoko specifically requested that the music for Drakengard 3 sound different from Nier.


Okabe explains: “With Drakengard 3, the game director, Yoko-san, specifically asked that we create music that’s different from Nier Replicant or Drakengard 1 and 2, and not to be too conscious about being consistent, nor to follow a specific style, but instead to focus on creating something different from its predecessors.”


“In terms of music that’s different from Nier… Many of the Nier tracks are gentle and soft-sounding. Of course Drakengard 3 includes soft tracks as well, but some of them can sound a bit more intense. Since one of the themes and concepts behind the Drakengard 3 world is ‘the sense of contrast,’ we paid special attention to ensure each track and melodic piece is carefully crafted.”


Drakengard 3 will be available in North America on May 20th and in Europe on May 21st for the PlayStation 3.

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  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I love his work. Every piece of gameplay I have seen, the music has enhanced it. Looking forward to the 20th.

  • Brandonmkii

    I just want to hug him.

  • Rocco

    While I greatly admire the soundtrack of Drakengard 3, Nier’s music firmly remains as the gold standard that can’t be topped. Nier has one of the best soundtracks in the history of video games.

    • harmonyworld

      I think that’s a little much~
      It’s fine, but I wouldn’t say best ever~

      • Zypharium

        Now, now. iTunes reports that I listened to each song of the Nier OST over 1000 to 2000 times. Well, let’s say I love it.

        • harmonyworld

          Yeah, but that’s you, not the rest of the gaming world~ :3

      • Izzeltrioum

        Well I can assure it beats the hell out of what Meguro and Shimomura (Heck even Uematsu) have composed in their entire careers.

        Still no composer tops Falcom JDK or Shiina Masaru.

        Then again, it’s just personal opinion. Though I strongly suggest to be open-minded and listen to the vast array of composers out there.

        • gulabjamal

          Wait Shiina Masaru as in Go Shiina? I’ve heard the name and I just saw he’s composing for Zestiria (WANT) but what is he known for?
          I agree that Falcom JDK is the shit and Nier is also the one video game soundtrack I can proudly blast in my car and everyone gets wowed

          • Izzeltrioum

            Yeah that’s his real name. It makes his life easier as writing Masaru in kanji form was a pain even for native japanese readers.

            And his most famous OST would be Tales of Legendia’s.
            Other works:

            -Snow Palace (Tekken 5 BR)
            -Fallen Colony & Anger of the Earth (Tekken 6)
            -God Eater 1 & 2
            -Fuun! Bachio Sensei (Taiko no Tatsujin)
            -Triumphant Heries, Final Damnation, Worth Dying -For, Battle Artist, Into the Battle (Tales of the World Radiant Mythology 2)
            -Elan Vital (Radiant Mythology 3)
            -Ace Combat series
            -Some tracks from [email protected]
            -Some tracks from Tales of Vs
            -Many more out there of course there isn’t much

            You don’t hear him that much as it’s still unknown why Namco refuses to exploit him. Truth is, personally, I prefer it that way. Everytime he’s working on something, it comes as a nice surprise; And fans show everything but despise at the announcements (Zestiria, i.e).

    • Shippoyasha

      Great. Now I want to replay Nier. Long grind and all.

      • Rocco

        The music makes all the flaws of Nier forgivable.

        • Ash_Riot

          Flaws such as great story, characters and bosses? It’s better than all of those overrated JRPGs and best home console JRPG released this gen.

      • abysswalker

        Grind? As in traditional RPG grinding? There’s no need for that in Nier

        Edit: Unless you mean clearing all sidequest and stuff.

        • Shippoyasha

          I want to get the true end again.

          • abysswalker

            Oh I see, well just enjoy the music.

    • abysswalker

      Right there with you, it’s in my top 3.

    • TheRealMalek

      Damn, just launched the ost another time.

      This ost is just way too good.

  • Milewide

    How are ya’all feeling about the English dub? Think it’s good/bad/passable? Are you gonna go for Jap VA or not?

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      I’m sure the dub will be fine enough. While it certainly uses familiar voice actors, some of them did voices for previous Cavia games.

      Michelle: Aricoh (D1), One (D3)
      Paul St. Peter: Leonard (D1), Michael (D3)
      Liam O’Brien: Weiss (NieR), Cent (D3)

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      I actually preordered the game through Square’s site to get the Japanese VA as a bonus. So far I have not loved everything I have heard from the English dub, but I am happy I can have the choice to play as both.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    i actually like his remix of Drakengard 1 song

  • Stephen Mc Devitt


    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      if not…you can always order through Square’s store or other online retailers and burn it to itunes…the option would be welcomed though.

  • Ash_Riot

    It’s almost time for another Yoko Taro crazy train game. All aboaaard.

    Man, I’m excited, never thought we’d ever see a Drakengard 3.

  • TheRealMalek

    Many of the Nier tracks are gentle and soft-sounding.

    Hmmm, they also sound incredibly sad. Drakenguard 3 (i haven’t play the game yet only heard the full ost) sound way more savage than nier. And in fact it’s way less touching.

    Also : less percution in Drakenguard 3 make the ost way less impressive

  • Sooooooooooooon!! Counting down the days :D

  • Aoshi00

    Other than my all time fav composers uematsu and wada kaoru, I love okabe keiichi and monaca, plus emi Evans hauntingly beautiful vocals. Nier is one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard and really compliments the characters story and the mood perfectly. I like Drakengard 3 soundtrack, certainly unique, but my fav ones are also the more quiet Nier like tracks lol. Love the eng dub in the trailer. I beat the Jpn ver and dlc alrdy, but I have a feeling I would prefer the eng dub like Nier. I would not mind having moreokabe and emi Evans collaboration :) he sounds like a very humble guy too

  • Bur

    First time I listened through this soundtrack I thought a good 80% of it sounded like butt. Just so not my thing. But… it did this weird thing where parts of songs would get in my head, and I’d go back and listen more, and it’s just really, really grown on me. We’re down to 15% butt and falling. Can’t wait to hear all this stuff in context!!

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    One of the best composers, along with Yasunori Mitsuda.

  • leingod

    Nier’s music was sublime. Really, I think it was the best aspect of the game.

  • Kari

    How about a Spoiler alert….

  • Longshadow

    “Ugh. How tacky can you get?” The irony is rich.

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