Square Enix announced this morning that Drakengard 3 will be released at retail in North America on May 20, 2014 and digitally in Europe and other PAL territories a day later on May 21. Additionally, North America will also be receiving a collector’s edition (my condolences to European fans). The game will also have a variety of pre-order bonuses, divided into three tiers. The tiers are:
- Tier One: players who place their pre-order from today through March 3 will receive a special Japanese voice-over DLC and automatically unlock the two yet-to-be-announced bonuses.
- Tier Two: from March 4th to April 8th, pre-ordering the game will unlock the two remaining unannounced bonuses.
- Tier Three: from April 9th until launch, players will receive the final unannounced locked bonus only.
The collector’s edition will include all the pre-order bonuses. The set also includes:
- The Complete Novella
- Official Soundtrack CD Sampler
- Prequel Stage DLC – Play as Zero’s sister, One, in this additional level
- Caim Costume DLC – Protagonist of the original Drakengard (Once equipped, stamina consumption decreases by half when using a skill)
- Giant Baby Hat DLC – For your in-game dragon companion
- Drakengard 3 Collectible Poster
Of course, the most important part is how much this set will cost you. For just $79.99, the collector’s edition can be yours. However, it will be limited to only 5,000 copies and is only available on the Square Enix Online Store. So if you’re an avid Drakengard fan, you might want to go ahead and purchase it. But if you’re just looking to get the regular edition, it’ll only cost $49.99.
For those unfamiliar with Drakengard 3, it is a prequel to the original Drakengard. You play as Zero, one of six goddess-like sisters known as “Intoners,” who have brought peace to the people using their power of song and magic. This peace is disrupted when Zero attempts to murder the other sisters, and the game’s story involves finding out why. You can take a look at the release trailer below.
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