If there’s one thing I hope the digital age doesn’t render extinct, it’s collector’s editions. I love artbooks and soundtrack bonuses and pretty boxes, and Drakengard 3’s is no exception.
Whether you’re still waiting on yours to arrive in the mail or are still on the fence, take a peek inside the box and see what goodies are in store.
Drakengard 3, developed by Access Games and published by Square Enix, is an action role-playing game from the Drakengard franchise. Set 100 years prior to the events of the first game, it tells the story of Zero and her dragon Mikhail as they set about murdering Zero’s sisters.
With a tagline of “Carnage has never been more beautiful,” the overall tone and style of the game should be pretty apparent. Fans of the series can also rest easy as despite the new developer name, the original team from Drakengard, as well as its spinoff Nier, handled the production.
Released today (5/20/2014), the collector’s edition is chock-full of goodies and shipped in a sturdy heavy-cardboard box with slip-case:
Opened up, the poster, book, and game itself are revealed:
Instead of an artbook, Drakengard 3 actually includes a 160-page prequel novella. While not essential to the game’s enjoyment, it’s intended to flesh out the premise for the game and give the player some additional context to the story.
The poster is an expanded depiction of the game’s cover art featuring Zero and Mikhail. Without giving it away to the masses, this sizeable 2×3-foot printout shows exactly why Drakengard 3 earned its ‘M’ rating from the ESRB for blood, gore, and sexuality.
The game itself is packaged with a soundtrack and track listing. Composed by Keiichi Okabe, as opposed to Nobuyoshi Sano of the previous two games, the music is well-written and atmospheric based on the samples. Whether it matches the mood of the game well enough or not will be covered in the Twinfinite review to come.
The collector’s edition is published directly by Square Enix in all three major territories of Drakengard 3’s release, and is currently listed as ‘Out of stock’ by the company’s store page. If you’ve got to have one and missed your chance, other retailers will be your best bet. Otherwise, the standard hard copy and digital editions will deliver your hack’n’slash RPG goodness just as well.
Stay tuned for Twinfinite’s review of Drakengard 3!