For some odd reason or another, Drakengard 3 is making its way stateside. Although clearly not the most rounded title in Square Enix’s wheelhouse, Drakengard has been at least an entertaining foray into the action-RPG. I had the fortune (misfortune?) of owning the original title and found there to be a ton of potential that was never realize due to technical constraints and a general lack of variety. With that being said, it was a nice game that did something different for its time (kind of a Dynasty Warriors meets Panzer Dragoon without the rails vibe).
The game itself releases on May 20 for the PlayStation 3 and in an attempt to spur pre-orders, Square Enix is offering three timed pre-order bonuses. While the second two bonuses are yet to be announced, it is the first bonus that is making my wallet catch fire: Japanese voice DLC.
I’ve loved that more Japanese developers are making a consorted effort to include Japanese vocal tracks because there is a strong petition for its inclusion in western markets. It has been both paid and free downloads in the past but I think that Square Enix’s application of the DLC to Drakengard 3 is both dirty and brilliant. It’s dirty because its something that shouldn’t be left off in the first place but brilliant because oh my God do I want this feature. Not only do I pine for that Japanese dialogue, judging from trailer, the English dialogue will become grating real fast. The first tier bonus expires on March 4.
Along with teasing the timed bonuses, the collector’s edition was also unveiled and includes premium packaging, the complete novella, soundtrack, a double sided poster and bonus DLC.