Drakengard 3 trying to avoid 'formulaic' JRPG tropes with its dark setting

Drakengard 3 comes from many of the same people responsible for cult-favorite Nier. It follows the story of Zero, a girl on a quest to kill her...

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Drakengard 3 comes from many of the same people responsible for cult-favorite Nier. It follows the story of Zero, a girl on a quest to kill her five sisters. It's an intentionally dark game, one that producer Takamasa Shiba hopes will push the envelope of JRPG storytelling.

It's been over seven years since Drakengard 2 released on PS2. It was poorly received, largely due to self-censorship Shiba argued. Talking to Shacknews, Shiba said that Square Enix management felt like the first game was a bit too dark. "For the second one, they said please make it more conservative," Shiba recalled. "And so we followed that suggestion, and the game wasn't well-received. Because of that, we figured out what our audience wants. That's how we came about what the tone of Drakengard 3 would be."

Not only is the story of Drakengard 3 centered around a young girl attempting to murder her siblings, but Shiba promises there are other surprises in store. The dragon that follows Zero is a child, and many of Zero's comrades have a sinister edge to them too. "We're intentionally trying to push the envelope, even though we know we're taking a risk," Shiba said. "One of the bad things about JRPGs is that it's very formulaic. You know what to expect. There are no surprises. You get tired of it."

One of the crazier ideas throw about by the team was to name the game Drakengard 4 instead of 3. "Obviously, fans would be like 'where is 3?' And the premise of the story was to go look for Drakengard 3," Shiba explained. "We want to create something unexpected and nontraditional."

Drakengard 3 will be available on PS3 via PlayStation Network next year.

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    October 14, 2013 12:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Drakengard 3 trying to avoid 'formulaic' JRPG tropes with its dark setting.

    Drakengard 3 comes from many of the same people responsible for cult-favorite Nier. It follows the story of Zero, a girl on a quest to kill her...

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      October 14, 2013 12:03 PM

      it looks pretty dated, but that story hook has my attention at least.

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      October 14, 2013 12:06 PM

      The tropes they need to avoid are androgynous characters.

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      October 14, 2013 12:16 PM

      The plots of these game are way out there. They mess around with taboos like pedophilia and incest making them central plot points well beyond just implying them. Lots of the characters in the games have also literally been insane and it's really weird playing out a video game story around these types of characters.

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        October 14, 2013 12:23 PM

        What do these games play like? Are they kind of traditional JRPG's with wondering around and doing pop-up battles?

        Also... I'm not sure if I could play a game where a major character has a flower coming out of her eye.

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          October 14, 2013 12:33 PM

          They are basically primitive action RPGs kind of like Kingdom Hearts but nowhere near as refined. They mix in some on rails shoot em up gameplay on dragons occasionally as well which again is pretty basic for the style of gameplay.

          And if the flower bothers you then you aren't prepared for the series at all. Something like that is complete inconsequential compared to the other batshit insane stuff these games contain.

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            October 14, 2013 1:51 PM

            If this is even half as insane as the previous games and Nier, I'm totally on board.

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              October 14, 2013 2:20 PM

              Four, one of the sisters bio:

              She is the fifth of the Utautai sisters and governs the mountain country. She speaks and acts with grace and has the refined personality of a good listener. But behind her prim and stiff personality hides a twisted inferiority complex. Much like the other Utautai, she possesses a high sex drive, but due to her repressed personality, she has never been able to act upon it and, among her sisters, is the only virgin.

              It's off to a good start.

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              October 14, 2013 3:18 PM

              The Nier devs were a great choice for this.

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      October 14, 2013 2:39 PM

      Jrpg with a dark setting?

      Maybe if you are in highschool.