The Drakengard series was created by Cavia, who knew a bit about making quirky games. Cavia has been broken apart and absorbed in to the Square Enix mainframe, but their games still live on. Drakengard was Square Enix’s first post merger title so the series has some value to the company. This is why we are getting Drakengard 3 in 2014 as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the franchise, even though it has been 7 years since Drakengard 2.
Drakengard 3 acts as a prequel to the events of the first two games so newcomers should be welcome to try this game without prior knowledge to the Playstation 2 titles. Why they created a prequel and then numbered it 3, I don’t know. Square Enix just loves numbers, so we’ll give it to them.
As a good sign, Nier composer Keichi Okabe has worked on the game so you just know it is going to sound so good. Takamasa Shiba, who produced the first two games, is also on board.
The Drakengard games were never exceptionally well received, but they offered a dark storyline with beat-em-up and Panzer Dragoon like action sequences. In a post-Cavia world, I’m more unsure of whether Square Enix can deliver on the setting than I am on the gameplay, but from what I’ve seen, Drakengard 3 looks pretty good. It will be an interesting game to pick up.