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The game, created to cater for hardcore role-playing game audiences, was developed by the same team who created the original Drakengard and series spin-off Nier, including producer Takamasa Shiba, director Taro Yoko and writer Sawako Natori. The music was composed by Keiichi Okabe, who also scored Nier. Unlike previous titles in the series, the team developed the game at Access Games, due to the company's experience at developing action titles and the team's wish to address criticisms laid at the gameplay of previous Drakengard games. Drakengard 3 received positive reviews and sales in Japan, and mixed to positive reviews in the west: the ground-based gameplay and story were generally praised, while common critiques included the dragon gameplay, the graphics and multiple technical issues.