Square Enix just released a new batch of info, screenshots and artwork of Drakengard 3 (known in Japan as Drag-On Dragoon 3), giving us a further glimpse on the upcoming PS3 exclusive JRPG.
We meet Four, the fourth of the five Utautai sisters (not counting the protagonist Zero). She says that she doesn’t want to fight the Zero, but there’s more to her than that. She’s the ruler of the mountain region and always speaks with a serious tone, like a honor student, but she has a very strong inferiority complex that warped her personality deep inside.
While she has a strong libido, due to her duality she has not been able to express it, and as such is the only virgin in the bunch (The game has very strong sexual themes, so this is actually an important element).
The press release also introduces Ground Battles, that mainly consists of Zero annihilating the enemies with the help of the apostles and using the newly introduced Weapon Change system. Under certain conditions calling a dragon is also possible, prompting it to execute a strong support attack. There’s another kind of engagement called “Battle Above”, that involves riding flying dragons, but that one will be unveiled with the next press release.
We also learn about the Weapon Change system mentioned above: it’s possible to instantly change weapons during attacks without stopping the combo, allowing the player to seamlessly change his manner of attack depending on the enemies he’s facing. Changing weapons actually allows to string longer and more lethal combos. Weapons themselves also progress in level, delivering increasingly powerful attacks.
The first between the available weapons is the Sword, that offers a rich variation of swings and thrust attacks, with a good balance between speed and range. Throwing it is also possible. It’s easy to use and makes it easy to string combos. This means that it’s a good weapon to raise Zero’s tension by splashing her with more blood.
The second weapon is the Spear, that gives a strong advantage when attacking towards the front thanks to its large reach. Attack speed is inferior to the sword, but it deals more damage. It comes with the ability to punch through enemy shields.
Below you can check out a gallery with the assets released today, showing the elements mentioned above.