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I originally got into gaming when my brother broke his collarbone from a stupid skateboarding stunt my father allowed him to do ("Hey, son, won't it be cool if you hold onto the back of my car as I drive around town!?"). As a get well soon gift, my parents bought him a NES, from which his gaming days began. Me, I just enjoyed watching him play, mostly RPGs until I tried them myself eventually. My first game was Dragon Quest and I remember quitting shortly after the first dragon killed me. lol

Since then, though, I have enjoyed games for multiple reasons, mostly because I love stories and characters...and games are the perfect way for me to experience the hard work and strife that the characters have to go through. It's fun and I feel like I can play a part in their story. It's a much better story than mine.

My favorite RPGs of the past are (in no certain order):

Chrono Trigger
Xenogears
Shadow Hearts 1 & 2
Baten Kaitos
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Takahashi Tetsuya of Monolith Soft, who pushed forward the development of the open-world RPG “Xenoblade X” (read as “Xenoblade Cross”) for the Wii U, has been releasing the names of designers involved in the production little by little. 

It has now become known that Fumihiro Katagai and Rare Engine will be participating in the development of the game.


 

Fumihiro Katagai is known for the following anime titles:

Shangri-la
Towa no Quon
Chou Soku Henkei Gyorozetter
Chiaika – The Coffin Princess
Code Geass

Visit Fumihiro Katagai’s Facebook Page Here!


 

Rare Engine is known for the following video game titles:

Sangokushi Taisen
Sengoku Taisen

Visit Rare Engine’s Home Page Here!


 

Visit the Xenoblade X Twitter Page Here!

Source: Game Jouhou | First Published ondrakengard-3.com


 

12/18/14 Update

Tetsuya Takahashi has just announced the final designer who is currently working on the new Xenoblade X title: Hideyuki Matsumoto.

He previously worked on the weapon system in Xenosaga, so he will be involved in designing weapons for the new title.

Takahashi also announced that Kusanagi, Inc. will be producing the background artwork.

Source:  The Official Xenoblade Twitter Account









According to Game Jouhou, it seems as though Yoko Taro is hard at work on a new game idea! There is no further news besides this right now, but man…! Let’s have fun speculating what this might be!! Some people are speculating that it may be a game for mobile divices (Android, iOS) and that it might be a collaboration with Mistwalker rather than Square Enix. Others wonder if it might be a revitalization of the cancelled game Cry-on for the Xbox, which was actually developed by Mistwalker with art by Fujisaka Kimihiko

The Dengeki Playstation 20th Anniversary issue (in tandem with the Playstation 20th Anniversary) was just released the other day to confirm this news. It features a brief question and answer interview with 107 creators and developers.

Here is my translation of Yoko Taro’s interview:

Creator No. 107
Yoko Taro

  • Question 1: Out of the PS titles you were involved in producing, which one did you feel the most attached to?

    I feel attached to all of the games that I worked on as director. The thing is, they were such a pain to work on that, when I think about it, I feel like I’m going to vomit, so I tend to think on it sparingly. But I appreciate the various support that Dengeki has given me.

  • Question 2: What past Playstation game do you still look back on fondly?

    Well, I’m sorry to always give the same answer, but I’d have to say it’s “ICO”. I think it was a game that showed it was okay to “only play up to a certain point.”

  • Question 3: For the game or person most on your mind, what would you ask that person?

    I want to say…… Ueda-san from “The Last Guardian”, but I’ve changed my mind and would like to ask Hiroshi Inai, who recently joined M2, the following question: Are you making a shooting game for M2? It’s a shooter, isn’t it? Please make a shooter!

  • Question 4: Not exclusively about gaming, but what topic is most on your mind?

    I don’t know why but I feel like I’ve been stricken with the unprecedented steak fad and eat it everyday. Why? Because it’s so good. I hope that cheaper and more delicious steak places will spread throughout the world!

  • Question 5: What memories do you have working on a title in 2014 or please tell us something about your most recent work!

    Unfortunately, I didn’t work on a game that was released in 2014. I am working on a new title but I would be murdered by many people if I let anything slip, so for now it’s a secret. Actually, I worked as creator for a stage play this year and was throughly impressed by a genre that I had never worked in before. Also, the new manga series that I created and am working as director, “Thou Shalt Not Die”, will be published in the monthly Big GanGan on December 25. I’m sorry to end this with such unabashed self-plugging, but I would be extremely grateful if you pick this up when you go to the bookstore.

This translation was first published on drakengard-3.com, with a heads-up on the breaking news by Siliconera and Game Jouhou.









In celebration of the Japanese release of Drakengard 3 (DOD3) on December 19th, I'm holding another open contest for fans of the game to show your appreciation for the creators and developers. The contest has been going on for a while now, but the deadline is creeping ever closer! Get your submissions in by December 19th to be eligible to win authentic DOD3 goods from Japan!

 

Goal:
The aim of this contest is to offer a fun and creative contest to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the game’s release in Japan on December 19, 2013.

Deadline:
The deadline for entries is December 19.

Prizes:
One lucky participant in each category has a chance to win a double-sided DOD3 poster that was available only in an issue of Big GanGan. On top of this random drawing, if I receive a good number of participants, I will also award winners according to the number of likes your entry will receive.

The amount and type of prizes available to this contest will vary according to how many people participate in any given category as follows:

ART & VIDEO CATEGORY
10+ people enter:
1st Place: Mikhail & Zero or Pink/White A2 poster
2nd Place: DOD3 -The Complete Guide-
3rd Place: DOD3 -The First Official Guide-

5-9 people enter:
1st Place: DOD3 -The Complete Guide-
Runner Up: DOD3 -The First Official Guide-

1-4 people enter:
Grand Prize: DOD3 -The First Official Guide-

MUSIC CATEGORY
10+ people enter:
1st Place: Mikhail & Zero or Pink/White A2 poster
2nd Place: DOD3 Official Soundtrack
3rd Place: DOD3 Official Piano Score Book or Onitsuka Chihiro “This Silence is Mine” Single CD

5-9 people enter:
1st Place: DOD3 Official Soundtrack
Runner Up: DOD3 Official Piano Score Book or Onitsuka Chihiro “This Silence is Mine” Single CD

1-4 people enter:
Grand Prize: DOD3 Official Piano Score Book or Onitsuka Chihiro “This Silence is Mine” Single CD

     

Who can participate:
Anyone is welcome to participate regardless of where you live. I would hope that anyone who enjoyed playing the game would participate despite the fact that prizes are involved. Participants may submit only one piece for each category but are ineligible to win multiple items. Please refer to the TERMS AND CONDITIONS for further information on this.

Entries:
MUSIC THEMED
Create anything musically related specifically to DOD3. Sing a song from the series. Compose an original remix. Play something live in a video. You have the choice of either sending me the audio file through the E-mail address listed above or uploading it to YouTube and sending me the link. Original remixes, compositions, vocal performance, instrumental performance; anything related to music and DOD3 is acceptable as long as YOU created it.

ART THEMED
Create a piece of art related specifically to DOD3. Traditional paper/pencil art, CG/Photoshop art, ceramics, cosplay photography; any visual, still image is possible in this category. Any possible art form is acceptable in this category. Painting, drawing, ceramics, sewing, cosplay, photography, sculpture; anything visually artistic is acceptable as long as it depicts something or someone from DOD3 and is a single, still image. Entries must deal with DOD3 characters. You may write in other characters from the previous games such as DOD1, DOD2, and/or Nier, but DOD3 must be the focus. Artwork with guest characters from other franchises and/or original characters will not be accepted.

Images must be received via E-mail in JPG format, no larger than 1024×786, with a file size no larger than 900KB. The artist reserves complete copyright of their original works, however; final images may be resized and/or cropped to better display on Facebook or the DOD3 Web site.

VIDEO THEMED
Create a “fan-vid” to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Japanese release of DOD3. Videos should be at least one minute long. I suggest thinking using one of the two following themes: —a video to convey a genuine thanks to the creators and developers for making the game. —a persuasive video showing all the good parts of the game to get other people interested. I suggest uploading your videos to YouTube yourself and then sending the link to me.

Procedure:
Entrants must include their Full Name, User Handle/Nickname, and E-mail address. Names will be added to a list of participants. Items will be added to the DOD3 1st Anniversary Contest Album on the Facebook page for people to vote on their favorite items in each category. Votes will be tallied and winners announced on Christmas Day.

How to submit your work:
Please submit your work for the ART and MUSIC category via an E-mail attachment to: contest.drakengard3 AT gmail DOT com (Please replace the AT and DOT with the proper punctuation and no spaces!!). Since video files are generally much larger than images and simple .mp3s or .wavs, I suggest uploading your videos to YouTube and sending me the link to the file there as your submission.

* Please note that I will not respond to submissions until a couple days before the deadline. If you do not receive a response from me by that time, please contact me at the other methods listed below.

Problems?
Please note that only E-mail based submissions will be accepted this time. If you have a problem submitting your entry via E-mail, please send me a private message through Facebook or Tumblr.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RekkaAlexiel
Tumblr: http://rekka-alexiel.tumblr.com

DO NOT POST A LINK TO YOUR ENTRY PUBLICLY. All entries will be uploaded to the DOD3 1st Anniversary Contest Album on the Facebook page simultaneously on Friday, December 19. No personal information will be displayed during the voting process.

For complete information on the rules and regulations, please visit this page: http://drakengard-3.com/blog/2014/11/30/dod3-1st-anniversary-contest/









There are just a couple days left of my Drakengard 3 (from here on referred to as "DOD3") contest for anyone who's interested in participating.  Please note, this is a separate venue from the one Siliconera is offering.

This is the third official contest I've hosted to try and get fans of the game series involved in a creative and fun event. The first involved a Halloween themed contest in which fans submitted their artwork of DOD3 characters. The second was a self-portrait contest in which fans sent in their photos with Zero's EyeFlower--with their hand. The idea came from a group photo of producer Shiba Takamasa and others posing with their hand held open over one of their eyes to simulate Zero's EyeFlower.  Awards for both of these contests were given to the chosen best 3.

The contest this time around actually has two sides: an Art Side and a Writing Side. Fans were to submit their fanart including one or more characters from DOD3 (cameo appearances of characters from the other titles in the series are acceptable *if* there is still a DOD3 character present) in any artistic medium or style as they wish.  For the Writing Side of the contest, fans were asked to write anything about DOD3.  It could be a short story about any of the characters, an essay about the series in general, poetry, prose; anything.  

All entries are to be submitted by:

Japan Standard Time: Saturday, May 17 - 1:00AM JST
Eastern Standard Time: Friday, May 16 - 12:00PM EST

Entries will be posted on the Facebook page the afternoon on Saturday (JST) and voting will conclude on:

Japan Standard Time: Wednesday, May 21 - 1:00AM JST
Eastern Standard Time: Tuesday, May 20 - 12:00 EST

DOD3 prizes shipped from Japan will be awarded the top winners in the contest, however, at the winner's expense. Prizes include official promotional posters, the Official First Guide, and the double-sided posters originally included in an issue of the Big GanGan monthly comic books.

If you have any further questions or want to read up on the official rules, you may stay up-to-date with this event over on drakengard-3.com or on Facebook!










The guys over at Dengeki were all excited about receiving one of the first copies of the finished Complete Strategy Guide book that they took several photos of it as they held the book open. lol  

A quick recap for what to expect from the complete strategy guide that will be released on April 10th:


*  Art Gallery:
Includes package and publicity illustrations by character designer Fujisaka Kimihiko, cute “chibi” Twitter icons illustrated by Yokoo Yukiko, as well as the collaboration illustrations of Zero and Mikhail for “Lord of Vermilion 3 Ark-cell”, illustrated by Fujisaka Kimihiko and Takagi Masafumi.  Other illustrations by Ayakura Juu (haino), Tanno Shinobu, palo, fukahire, MAYA, Morii Shizuki, and Yaegashi Nan.

** There will also be some illustrations of the Utahime Sisters in Japanese high school uniforms as they relax in the evening at a family restaurant.  They’re calling this the “DOD3 Campus”.  lol


*  DOD1.3:
This is a novel that will explore an alternate DOD1 as it follows the events in DOD3.  In this reality, there are no “contracts” or “pacts” between humans and dragons…  So it will be very interesting how this will affect Caim & Angel’s relationship.




*  Detailed information on the various branches in the story, which leads to each ending.


*  Complete schematics on all weapons and items, including information on how to acquire every weapon and trophy.


*  The Perfect Strategy Guide in Three Parts:
1.)  System Strategy Guide:  Includes special methods and techniques on how to clear each mission.

2.)  Mission Strategy Guide:  Includes locations of every treasure chest on the map and further details about each mission.  Accord’s Request Missions are also listed here.

3.)  The Data Corner:  Includes information on weapons and items, the various DLCs, and trophies.


*  “The Last Song” Cheat Sheet:
There will also be a helpful guide somewhat like a musical score that will help to clear the final stage.


*  Weapon Materials and Proper Timing:
Includes information on when and how far to upgrade certain weapons to make the process of levelling up each weapon easier.

Also, don’t forget about the nice fan kit they put together for us to help advertise the release of the complete guide.  You can find this and more on Dengeki’s main site for the guide book:

http://dengekionline.com/sp/dod3/complete/

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Sources:  
@dengekionline on twitter
Dengeki Online – News Report, April 2
Dengeki Online – News Report, April 1
DOD3 Official Complete Guide Book Page

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* This blog post was originally posted with all content included on drakengard-3.com. Various images and other information was condensed for this post.








I've made a bunch more blog posts about the recent news regarding Drakengard 3, so for anyone interested in reading my full coverage, please head over to my site on drakengard-3.com!

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Here’s a my recap from the Nico Nico Live Broadcast #7!!
As with anything on these pages, please read at your own risk! Spoilers may be within!!

** EDIT:  Be sure to check out the full broadcast, now available on YouTube by Flying Wonkey!  Thank you!! **

The broadcast started out rather awkward with the three hosts Hirohashi Ryo, Aoi Eir, and Matsushita Tadatsugu from Dengeki talking like normal without really giving much regard to the start of the broadcast…with no sign of producer Shiba Takamasa in sight… Until the camera panned over to the cracked-open door!  He was just standing there, listening…  He later talked about why he was a few minutes late and why they started the broadcast out that way… but I missed the details.  Sorry!  It was pretty funny how they kept panning over to him inching closer and closer to everyone at the table.  He was shown sitting on the floor in traditional seiza form at one point, too.  haha

The first main topic of discussion was player responses… mainly complaints.  The most common complaints about the game were the following:

*  It was too difficult.
*  Loading time took too long.
*  DOD3 was too different from previous DOD titles.

Although I completely agree with the people saying that the game was overall too difficult… but I agree that it likewise wouldn’t have been good for it to be too easy either.  There have been many people saying that the game was TOO EASY…and to those people, I am completely envious.  I don’t believe it is within my skill range to even clear the Platinum Trophy.  :(


This is a photo of Producer Shiba Takamasa looking serious at some point during the broadcast... probably when he was discussing the somewhat negative feedback from gamers who have played DOD3.

Before getting into the details of the DLCs, we were able to see an exclusive uncensored version of a cut-scene that takes place at the end of Chapter 1.  This is not in any way related to the DLCs, so unfortunately there is no way to actually see this version of the cut-scene within the game.

Next was a long segment detailing on the new DLCs that will be coming out weekly starting this Thursday with One & Two’s DLCs.  They also announced that Two’s chapter will be FREE as a trial DLC until March 13th!



To better show what the DLCs will be like, they showed several video clips of both specially made trailers and realtime footage of the gameplay (check my videos until Wonky Monkey posts his HQ videos!).

First we were shown a really nice trailer that gave is a quick and simple view of what to expect from the various DLCs.  It looks like we will certainly be able to get a deeper understanding into the sister’s personality and backstory.

During the short clip of One’s chapter, we can see that her younger brother One will fight alongside her, not against like I had previously stated.

The third video clip shows more of One’s gameplay as well as a first look at Gabriella…and his/her voice!!  It is *VERY* different than what I had expected Gabriella to sound like!!  xD

Next they talked a little bit about Zero and Mikhail making an appearance in the card arcade game "Lord of Vermilion 3: Ark-cell" which will be out on March 27th!



The illustration of Zero was done by DOD character designer Fujisaka Kimihiko and Mikhail was done by Takagi Masafumi.

Moving on to news about the comic series, the 2nd volumes of both Utahime Five and Shi ni Itaru Aka will be released on April 25th and can be pre-ordered via online shops like Amazon.  They expect the next volume to be sold out like before as well, so pre-order your copy today!!  To commemorate the release of the 2nd volume of the comic, they will be having a lottery for more cute cell phone straps like before, but this time it will be of Two and Three!!  If they will be doing this for every new release of a book… I really, really hope they will sell this as a whole in the end…!!!  They would be absolutely awesome to collect!!



Next, they touched briefly on the Complete Guide Book that will be released on April 10th (my birthday!! YAY!).  I believe they said that it will be 256 pages long, but it seems kind of short compared to the other DOD Complete Guide Books…  Hmm.  I guess that’s why we have the 10th Anniversary goodies!!  <3  We were shown several sample pages from the book as well as a couple pieces of art that were made by fans, which will also appear in the complete guide!  :D  There are many, many talented artists out there making awesome DOD fan art!!  :D



Then the talked a little bit about the mysterious “DOD 1.3” game idea that was dropped a month or so ago… and it seems like it will be yet another novel written by Eishima Jun and others!?

There was also a segment of the broadcast where Aoi Eir gave the audience another keyword to type in the comments to be eligible to win a copy of the soundtrack, signed by the four of them.  It was one of Octa's classic lines toward the very end of the game.

Lastly, Aoi Eir introduced her latest album AUBE once again reminding us that the complete music video for “Kuroi Uta” appears on the DVD that comes with the album!  :D  She will also be having more concerts around Japan in March and April!



So, that’s the majority of the broadcast tonight!  The main event was obviously about the new DLCs that will be coming out this week!  I will be watching the video again and taking more notes and adding photos from it, too.  <3

And here are some updated video clips from the broadcast:

Censored Scene

Official Trailer for the new Story DLCs:


One’s DLC Preview

The Full Broadcast on YouTube by Flying Wonkey!


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I've already completed much of the new DLCs (just need to level up One & Two to their max level: 10). Here are the chapter, verse, and stanza titles from the first two chapters of the new story DLCs that were just released for One and Two.  I've also included some crap videos that I took while playing through the story chapters.

Please note that these are my translations and therefore are not official. :)

Also, please be aware that these DLCs are not accessible until you complete Branch A of the game, so there may be spoilers below. This is your warning!!

NOTE: Each chapter number refers to each corresponding character of that name. Chapter One is One’s chapter and Chapter Two is Two’s chapter, etc.



Chapter One, Verse 1 - November 4, 998
1st Stanza: The Utahime of Reason
2nd Stanza: Childish Blind Faith

Chapter One, Verse 2 - August 1, 998
1st Stanza: The Journey of Liberation
2nd Stanza: Peace and Violence

Chapter One, Verse 3 - August 14, 998
1st Stanza: Reunion
2nd Stanza: Understanding
3rd Stanza: Protection

Chapter One, Verse 4 - August 18, 998
1st Stanza: The Anticipated Trial
2nd Stanza: Zero
3rd Stanza: The Silence of the Night

Chapter One - Graphics Glitch Gremlin - Water Wings



Chapter Two, Verse 1 – April 14, 999
1st Stanza: The Affectionate Utahime
2nd Stanza: The Love Birds

Chapter Two, Verse 2 - April 18, 999
1st Stanza: A Tender Moment
2nd Stanza: A Beloved Moment
3rd Stanza: A Peaceful Moment
4th Stanza: The Touch of Affection

Chapter Two, Verse 3 - April 25, 999
1st Stanza: A Predestined Love
2nd Stanza: The Omen
3rd Stanza: Trembling

Chapter Two, Verse 4 - April 25, 999 (Same Day)
1st Stanza: Growing Unease
2nd Stanza: A Shattered Sound
3rd Stanza: Together Forever


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Drakengard English Manga Update

There have been several chapters of both mangas available for some time now, but there has been little coverage on the Utahime Five manga.  I recently worked on the first chapter of that one until I found someone had already done chapter 2.  Since it took me such a long time to complete, I don’t want to work on something that has previously been done.  This is mostly why you won’t find all chapters on my site.  There had previously been only chapters 1-5 available for Shi ni Itaru Aka, which I why I only worked on the later chapters… but another manga group completed chapters 6 and 7, so it may be better to check those versions out since I’m an amateur, one-person translation and production team.  lol  

Anyway, since it’s difficult for my site to load in Google searches for some reason, here are the chapters that I’ve worked on thus far.  I just completed the newest chapter of Shi ni Itaru Aka, Chapter 16 last night.

** ALSO A SPOILER WARNING **  

You should be pretty safe reading through Utahime Five since those events were said to have occurred before the events in DOD3, but since Shi ni Itaru Aka takes place after the events from the first ending of the game, it may be wise to *at least* not read past Chapter 12.  But if you’re a spoiler whore like me, have at it!  The end of Chapter 16 is seriously awesome!!

Utahime Five:  Chapters 1 and 9

Shi ni Itaru Aka:  Chapters 6-9, 13-16


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All of this information and more can also be found on my main blog on drakengard-3.com!