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Drakengard 3 Specifically Targeting the “Japanese Market”

Drakengard 3 has risen from its ashes after an eight year hiatus as a mature title “made specifically for the Japanese Market”, says the game’s producer Takamasa Shiba.

Speaking with GameInformer following a private showing of Drakengard 3 at this year’s New York Comic-Con, producer Takamasa Shiba explained why Square Enix has decided to breath life into the game after all this time.

Drakengard 3 is being brought back for the sole purpose of providing an exhilarating experience for console gamers in a market that is become more casual with each passing year.

“Drakengard 3 is made specifically for the Japanese market,” he said. “There are JRPG fans worldwide though, so it’s a game for any JRPG fan.”

Shiba also pointed out that Square Enix has actually been helping that market shrink with it focusing solely on Final Fantasy in Japan.

“Instead of creating more JRPG games, we were making games just for casual gamers,” he noted. “We were only helping the market to shrink.”

In Drakengard 3, players take control of Zero, an entity who formerly controlled the world with the power of her singing. The game will see to you pursuing your five sisters, catching and then finally killing them.

“Typically in JRPGs, you’d expect a hero that’s fighting for justice,” Shiba said. “In Drakengard 3, we have an anti-hero. It’s a dark fantasy and a mature game.”

Drakengard 3 is looking for a release on the PlayStation 3 sometime next year in North America.