In a Playstation Blog post, Sakura Minamida did the one thing that I have been hoping for for a while now: Announced that Drakengard 3 is heading to North America. Part of me wants to say that it's not surprising, especially after being buoyed a bit last week with that website registration, which is actually a site now, but it is surprising. It always seemed like one of those "Never going to happen, but wouldn't it be awesome" things, but, hell, that's what this whole year has been like. Still, this is Squeenix we're talking about, and they're almost on the same level as Sega in the whole dream-killing, terrible decisions game. God knows we're all damn lucky that Drakengard 3 wasn't a fucking tablet game.
Details at this moment are scarce, really. The game will be released on North American (and European, I believe) shores sometime within 2014, I'm assuming the latter half of it, and it'll be for PS3. The above trailer, as you can see, is subtitled instead of dubbed, which, if they were going to keep that way might indicate a Digital-Only release (if you believe KOEI's lies) but obviously the game isn't really in the throes of Localization just yet, so if they're going to dub, they probably haven't even hired Voice Actors yet. Furthermore suggesting a physical release is the fact that the game is available for pre-order 'exclusively' through the Squeenix Store for $50. Now, call me crazy, but I don't think Squeenix is crazy enough to take pre-orders this early for a Digital-Only release of a game.
What this does question, however, is just how accessible the game is going to be. Perhaps a physical version is only available through them directly, otherwise it's digital-only dub or not? Or maybe this is just a ploy to gauge interest to determine how much effort needs to go into the game's localization. Or maybe it's just Squeenix being weird because that's what they do. I'm not one for internet purchases like this, but it's Fucking Drakengard 3 so of course they're going to get my $50 before the end of the week. And hell, if the game goes up for pre-order at GameStop at some random point in the future that is 2014, I might just reserve a copy there too. I'm just fucking excited and happy about this happening that I want to make it worth-while. Most of all, I just want the damn game that bad.
Now, remember kiddos:
If it does happen? You better buy the fucking game. I don't care who you are, I don't care what you want. If you're looking for a pure action game, I can tell you that this won't be it. But what it will be is a very particular type of game that has grown amazing over a long-running series. A particular type of amazing game that I will make you buy. If you buy the game, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you. I will find you. And I will slam your head against your keyboard until Amazon has ordered a copy for you.It's happening. Thus, it is on.
(I won't. Please just buy the game.)
really, it's not on but please buy Drakengard 3, I know I tell you guys to buy a lot of games, but especially this one