Taro Yoko: We’ll Make a Drakengard Remastered Collection if Square Enix Funds It

Now that NieR: Automata is out now for PlayStation 4 worldwide (and with a PC release coming on March 17th), series creator and game director Taro Yoko has been talking up the game and its overall universe, which also includes its progenitor, the Drakengard series.

During a Q&A panel at this year’s PAX East (which Square Enix also broadcasted live via Facebook video) Yoko answered a bunch of questions, with lots of his responses chalking up to “If you give me the funds, I’ll do anything for money.”

Taro was asked if a Drakengard remastered collection would happen on PlayStation 4. Yoko noted that for them to do a collection, they’ll naturally require more funds and simply asked fans to let Square Enix know you want a remastered collection for Drakengard. Coming from this, he said if Square Enix backs it, they’ll do it. Previously, game producer Yusuke Saito said that if NieR: Automata “sells like hotcakes,” a remaster for the original NieR is highly possible.

When asked if he wanted to work on other projects or games with Square, Yoko responded: “Everyone knows Square Enix for their beautiful graphics, so if we combine my shitty scenarios to that formula I’m sure we can come up with some garbage that will exceed everyone’s imaginations.”

Taro also said that NieR: Automata protagonist 2B’s design wasn’t meant to be very sexy at first, however when he received the original designs he told the 3D modelers to make her butt as perfect as they possibly could, otherwise they’d be fired. So naturally they went above and beyond making a wonderful buttocks.

Other interesting responses for NieR: Automata included the lack of a photo mode, which Yoko said is currently not planned – but they could add it later if they have the funding. He also said to not expect substantial DLC like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as their game doesn’t have the staff or funding to meet those kinds of expectations. Yoko also noted the game lacks autosave because save points are a hallmark staple in JRPGs, and he wanted to keep that.

Expect our thorough written and video review for NieR: Automata in the coming days. In case you missed it, you can find our unboxing video for the swanky “Black Box Edition” for NieR: Automata here.

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  • Eugenio Gil de la Madrid

    God bless this man and his team!
    I’m loving NieR: Automata and I really hope it keeps succeeding. I want more of Yoko Taro’s shit XD Though real talk a remaster of NieR: Gestalt and Replicant would be great specially if it means I can replay them again, but a Drakengard Collection would need to be for the most part remade from the ground up. Hope Drakengard 4 can be worked on by Platinum, Yoko Taro and the writer.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Why a collection?

    Just remaster Drakengard 3.

    DR2 is pure fucking trash, and DR1 is already a heavily optimized game. It uses dynamic resolution scaling to go down to 240p if things get to taxing. There is literally no need to remaster it as its a solid 60 fps throughout the whole thing. A remaster would do Nier and DR3 much more justice.

    In any case, if this does happen, I hope the collection does not get released on PC.

  • Mr0303

    “If you give me the funds, I’ll do anything for money.” – kek.

  • Makoto

    S**t Square Enix ! Make it happen !

  • Heat

    indeed it wouldn’t be cheap but boy it would be awesome wouldn’t it? I know many will scoff at the gameplay but till automata came out, the gameplay was always shaky just like D3’s frame rate but let’s hope for the best if automata sells you bet SE will be on their knees. Hope Nier would get the same treatment if this happens.

  • Heat

    I agree Nier should be given a remaster but I see no point in only remastering D3 out of all the Drakengard titles. They should go big or go home.

  • BoreOfTheMorning

    fingers crossed they fund the project. Hopefully Nier too at some point. If automata pleases SE’s wallet then we will likely get it.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I would do anything for a collection of Drakengard 1, 3 and Nier. Hell, why not throw in 2 as well? Big props to my boy Taro for demanding that 2B gets the assets she deserves.

  • BoreOfTheMorning

    not get released on PC? Try not to cut yourself with that edge

  • CrimsonColossus

    Bless this beautiful slut.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I admire your dedication.

  • Kiwi Hoy

    Is anything this man says ever true? Never change you beautiful lunatic

  • Fenrir007

    “Why a collection?”

    So people who didn’t play the other games can play them all and get up to speed to play the inevitable sequel that takes place after the third game? So people can feel more inclined to buy and older game since they feel they are getting more bang for their bucks? I mean, honestly, if they are going through the effort of remastering one game, doing for the other 2 will make the package more appealing to first timers.

  • Fenrir007

    I hope this eventual remaster will have dual audio.

  • Will3316

    DR1 hasn’t aged well not just graphics wise but gameplay and story wise too. The combat is just shitty Dynasty Warriors and the story comes off as needlessly edgy.

  • Zero Eternity

    Isn’t that everyone in the world though?

  • Mr0303

    I wouldn’t say so.

  • Maria Maasaa

    With the older Drakengard games being hard to find, it’s be nice to have a collection of them. Not sure how people will handle what happens in those games though.

  • Zero Eternity

    Well, true, ill thought out comment I admit, but I imagine a lot of people would do so. Especially if your job is game developing and you get paid nice money to put an older game on a new one console.

  • Mr0303

    A blank check to kill your mother. I’d imagine that this would produce 50/50 results to say the least.

  • Zero Eternity

    lmao no thank you, nothing illegal but you getting paid to do something that you already do, I don’t know what a computer programmer makes but lets say 20 dollars an hour. You then have a set job making nice money for the next 3-4 four years or so. People need money to live simple as that.

  • Mr0303

    Extreme examples aside there are jobs where you get paid more, but are dangerous or require a lot of effort or dedication. Sometimes work conditions are important – if we use the developer example a project requiring 16 hours workdays won’t be viable for everybody no matter what the pay is.

  • Zero Eternity

    True, that is another good example. Its more along the lines if a person thought they could do it and it didn’t infringe on their morals or was illegal, I could definitely see a person doing a lot/ going to a lot of effort for say a million dollars aside from whatever money was necessary for said task. There are some things that just wouldn’t be feasible like say I’d pay you to try to become an engineer and build a space elevator to the moon. You could become an engineer but expecting a person to manage to build a space elevator is just a little much.
    So you were right, people would not do just anything for money.

  • Mr0303

    Even if we exclude all the impossible stuff, like doing a job you are incapable of people often choose a lower paying job that they like more. Some people stay at home with their kids instead of working. There is a variety of reasons, why one would reject a higher paying job.

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    WHAT WILL I DO WITH ALL THIS BODILY FLUIDS ALL OVER MY PANTS?!

    That aside, Bless you Taro! I just made my Part buying Automata day one (And I don’t even have a PS4). Just Imagine Drakengard 1 remade with curent graphics and Actually good gameplay?! or Drakengard 2 “Revised by Taro” (and by that I mean, LOADS more of Mysery).

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    well think of it this way: Drakengard 1 Remade from the ground up with updated graphics (all new models) and actual good gameplay, also better story. and then add in Drakengard 2 Completely revised and rewritten under Taro’s direction: Keep things that worked (Like Caim as an Antagonist and Mana’s search for redemption) while fixing what didn’t (like adding more misery and less color)

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    I think the story still holds up, but the presentation needs to be updated.

  • VLOCKUP

    -Drakengard 2

    I never knew there is Drakengard 2.

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    This guy is awesome. I love him. Why japanese designers are so original and cool ?
    I bet in the west guys like this are turned down without a second thought.

  • Romulus & Remus

    Not sure why SE keep spending money for garbage game like FFXV but not any for Yoko Taro.

  • Eighto

    “Everyone knows Square Enix for their beautiful graphics, so if we
    combine my shitty scenarios to that formula I’m sure we can come up with
    some garbage that will exceed everyone’s imaginations.”

    I’m in love.

  • Shhhhh….. we don’t talk about it in these parts.

  • Shit bait kiddo. Platinum –> PC ports later almost guaranteed kek

  • A Punk Named Katsuya Jonouchi

    That’d be sick, I just re-bought a PS2. So I could easily buy the orginals if they were easy to obtain that is. But this makes playing them so much easier…Hopefully uncensored.

  • Feniks

    Yeah I call BS. SquareEnix buried Nier. And rightly so, I loved the game but the average nu gamer would hate it.

  • Izzy Lichi

    my god ill be so happy and upset if this happens, i recently bought both the originals again and the second one wasnt cheap :I

  • Obbliglol

    (That picture is from Drakengard 2, that Taro didn’t direct.)

    Best devfu <3

    I want nothing in Drakengard touched beside graphics, if I'm honest. Maybe a retranslation of *one* scene (if you've played it, you should know which one). That game is insane, and I worry a remake would temper that pure unbridled madness.

    Anyway, back to Automata.

  • Drakengard games SUCK ASS.

    Like badly.

    They look bad
    They play bad
    The music is bad

    What is there good about it?

  • sAy_YaS

    I only played Drakengard 3 but it was awesome!!! (slow down, glitches and all). Id buy this for sure.

  • Sigma

    Yoko Taro is like Suda 51 if he was clinically depressed.

  • Krimhelm

    And people were crying that he’s gone to work on Mobile games.
    See, he still has stuff he wants to do on consoles.

  • Tristan (Chili1)

    That would be amazing, especially since the original Drakengard is in desperate need of an improvement gameplay wise, though honestly, I’d rather just see OG Nier remastered. But if we can have all of the above, then yes, absolutely do this! Maybe we could finally have Drakengard 3 without an awful framerate and Drakengard 2 without it being insanely overpriced even used.

  • Tristan (Chili1)

    The original Drakengard has a myriad of technical issues beyond the framerate. The framerate was fine; what it needs are things like a normal functioning camera. You couldn’t turn the camera 360 degrees, for example, something very basic for modern 3rd person games. In addition, the draw distance was extremely short, making everything foggy and making it difficult to see your enemies from afar. A remastered collection could remedy this.

    In addition, Drakengard 2, regardless of what people say about it, is an extremely expensive game, even used. This would allow people to access it and satiate their curiosity at the very least as to what it was like. Also some people might want to play these games at a modern high resolution on modern hardware rather than allowing the games to dip to 240p after pulling out their old PS2s. Ironically, the PC you so hate is the only way to do this thanks to emulation, but it’d be nice to be able to legally do this rather than just emulate.

    Also why’d you upvote your own post? Too afraid no one will upvote it otherwise?

  • Obbliglol

    I’d like to see a remastered Nier, with both protags, Ending E included and weapon stories put back in.

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    the story, characters and the music (granted, it’s not a tasty jam but fits the dark downer tone perfectly).

    Granted.the BIG problem with Taro’s games pre-Automata is that they lack in gameplay. (But they Excell in story which makes up for it for most fans). If there’s a chance of Drakengard 1 getting remade with good gameplay it really is something to get excited.

  • hachifusa

    Make her ass perfect or get your ass fired

  • Sean Filkins

    Automata was horrible. I’d be glad to buy this collection, though. Drakengard 1 is Taro’s finest hour.

  • Vincent Ho

    As we speak however, he’s already directing a mobile game by the name of SINoALICE

  • FuckingIdUser

    Honestly, Drakengard 1 deserves a remake. Its gameplay was horrible but its story was astonishingly amazing.