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.