For those of you following the news of the secret track ripped from the game which was labeled as Accord’s battle theme, here’s some interesting food for thought for youー but please be warned of spoilers. I would recommend not reading any further in this post if you do not want to be spoiled on the story of DOD3.
First of all, Accord has no battle theme within the game. She is not a playable character. Although she technically *does* have a little bit of an action role, she has no such theme that could be categorized as her battle theme within the story of the game. Now, if they had initially planned for her to have such a role in the game but thusly needed to cut it in the end, that would be entirely a different story, although I’m a bit skeptical on that front.
Secondly, the actual track is another vocal performance by YoRHa (ヨルハ) on their CD entitled “Normandy / Guadalcanal”*, which you can hear in a longer remix version here: https://soundcloud.com/syouyamashita/extend-overdub-rmx
According to YoRHa’s official Web site, there is a specific story background for the singing/talent group. Here is my translation of the very sparse information on their Web site:
11,939AD Outbreak of the 14th Machine Armament War
In the distant future when the world is conquered by mechanical live.
As the remaining humans fled to the moon (or artificial satellite), they were unable to deal the decisive blow to the mechanical life which found a way to fortify their propagation.
The humans descended from orbit with a fleet of ships, firing all of their torpedos and bombs, but all attempts to destroy the machines were ineffective.
Although a few friendly forces arrived on the surface of the Earth, they were completely annihilated before the overwhelming enemy forces.
As their ice-cold enemies approached, the entire human race was forced to stand on the precipice of extinction.
Automatic humanoid soldier androids developed to combat the mechanical life forms.
YoRHa No2: Healer (Re-Assessing)
YoRHa No4: Executer (Seriously Injured)
YoRHa No9: Scanner (Deported)
YoRHa No11: Defender (Deployed)
YoRHa No12: Sniper (Deployed)
YoRHa No13: Attacker (Deployed)
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Now take this new information about this very distant future in which the world is conquered by robotic life forms…humans are nearly completely wiped out…and their only means of survival is to create other androids in which to combat the machines and reclaim the planet…
Is this a completely separate story from the world of DOD & Nier? Perhaps. It seems like YoRHa has been around at least for the past two years or so…but then again, this could also have been around the time when DOD3 was entering development (how long does it take to begin working on a game…?), so it all still could be the concoction of the DOD team. It’s an interesting thought, but I am also skeptical on this because the group has their own performances in the fashion/indies music front in Akihabara, unattached or unaided by anything related to MONACA or the game series.
Could the overall view or the “Big Picture” of the DOD world actually be from the perspective of the real humans who were nearly exterminated and yet cannot defeat the machines… Their only chance at survival was to send androids into the past to find a way to stop the machines from coming to be in the first place??
Hmm, pretty far out there, but it’s hard not to imagine the possible connections. It’s still very unclear whether there is a firm connection between YoRHa & the story of DOD/Nier. If the track is a secret data file on the game itself, it could have been placed there as a nice shout-out to the group for participating on the soundtrack. Kinda sad if that’s all it is…but…
What do you think?
Read more on the Invasion of Normandy/D-Day and the Guadalcanal Campaign here: