Drakengard 3 has been officially dated for May 20. Square Enix is offering the game digitally over PSN but physically exclusively through their online store in a standard form and as a Collector’s Edition. Both versions come with pre-order extras, but which players get depends on when they put in their order. The pre-order system consists of three tiers, and only those who order before March 3 will be eligible for all of the extras. So far, the only known bonus is the Japanese voiceover DLC pack, which is part of the first tier along with two other bonuses. The next tier window is from March 4 to April 8, which include two bonuses, and the last is from April 8 until launch, which includes one bonus. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 5,000 copies and includes the game, a novella, a soundtrack CD sampler, a poster, and three pieces of DLC. The packs include a new prequel mission as Zero’s sister, One; the Giant Baby Hat item for the dragon; and a costume based off the original Drakengard’s Caim.
A quick note: several people, including some of us, have had problems trying to put in an order. The system is pretty wonky, with email confirmations not being sent, information being hard to find, accounts randomly being rejected, and the checkout process dumping back out to the shopping cart. Best of luck. On a brighter note, a Square Enix representative answering questions at the official PlayStation blog has mentioned that the glitches in the Japanese version are being addressed for the North American release.
Drakengard 3 will be available on May 20 through PSN and Square Enix Online Store for $49.99. The physical release of the standard version and the $79.99 Collector’s Edition will be exclusive to the store.
Official Site: DrakengardGame.com