Keiichi Okabe Explores The Role of Music In Drakengard 3

By Darryl Kaye on May 6, 2014, 3:17PM EDT

With Drakengard 3 out in just a few weeks time, Square Enix has released a video which sees Keiichi Okabe, the main composer on the project, talk about his experiences with the project.

Okabe, part of the MONACA team, famously worked on the critically acclaimed soundtrack for Nier. However, in the video he talks about how Yoko-san, the director of Drakengard 3, asked him to now focussed too much on being consistent across Nier, but also the previous two Drakengard games. Instead, he wanted Okabe-san to focus on creating an entirely new experience.

While many of the tracks in Nier were quite soft and relaxing, Drakengard features similar tones, but also has a much more intense feel. Okabe hopes that listeners will enjoy this aspect of the soundtrack.

Vocals play a very large part in the soundtrack, as with Nier. This could see vocals singing the main melody, or providing some kind of backing for the rest of the track. By doing this, Okabe hopes to make the soundtrack much more unique.

You can see the full interview below. Drakengard 3 releases on the 21st of May, 2014 in Europe, exclusively on the PS3. It releases a day earlier in North America.

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